BBC Children in Need is inviting fun-seekers to take part in Gung-Ho! – a giant 5K inflatable obstacle course at Newcastle Racecourse on July 2. 

Participants are challenged to run, walk or giggle their way through the crazy inflatables for the charity as part of Team Pudsey. Those that pledge now sponsorship now will receive a discounted ticket for £30, as well as a free t-shirt, training support and other goodies on the day.

The 5K Gung-Ho! course is made up of ten giant inflatable obstacles that participants have to run, crawl and climb over to complete the challenge. These include gigantic ball pits, super-sized slides and a 5,000 square-foot inflatable moon walk. The course is completely unique and runners don’t have to be an athlete to take part.

Director of Marketing at BBC Children in Need, Jonathan Rigby, said: “We’re so excited to be visiting Newcastle with the first ever Gung-Ho! for BBC Children in Need. It’s a fun new way for supporters to challenge themselves whilst raising money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro-athlete or first time runner, we can’t wait to see you there!”

Gung-Ho! co-founder, Alex Winters, added: “We’re so happy to have BBC Children in Need on board as exclusive national charity partner. Whether people participate as part of a group or individually, these events are all about having fun. By encouraging people to pledge their sponsorship to charity though, we’ll be helping people do good whilst they’re at it.”

The Gung-Ho! tour is set to visit 12 towns and cities throughout the spring and summer months. Following Newcastle, the tour will be visiting Milton Keynes and Liverpool, before landing in Windsor and finishing in Nottingham on September 17.

BBC Children in Need now funds 24 projects in Newcastle, with over £733,000 hard at work to benefit young lives in the region. One of the projects in the area includes Henry Dancer Days, which was awarded funding of £9,800 in the Charity’s most recent grant round in May. 

BBC Children in Need currently supports some 2,400 projects, all working with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Each and every penny donated to the Charity will go to projects working with young people who need it most, including those affected by illness, disability, poverty or abuse.

For more information about the charity, or to pledge sponsorship, visit | Learn more about Gung-Ho! at