Inflatable 5K Ninja Warrior-style course to be held at Aberdeenshire castle

An inflatable Ninja Warrior-style assault course is to land in the North-east next year.

Fun-runners and serious competitors will be given the chance to tackle the Gung-Ho! Seriously Fun 5k at Castle Fraser.

The event differs from other obstacle races because each of its 10 hurdles is inflatable.

Contenders will come face-to-face with some huge challenges, including inflatable potholes ready to trip runners up, gigantic ball pits and a 5,000sq ft inflatable “Moon Walk”.

Up to 5,000 runners can take part in each event which isn’t timed, and people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels can join in.

Alex Winters, a former Cbeebies TV presenter, came up with the idea for Gung-Ho! in 2014 while watching Ninja Warrior on TV with his three children.

A spokesman for the event organisers said: “Alex’s idea spawned a new craze with thousands taking part in Gung-Ho’s first three events in 2015, before the hugely successful country-wide tours in 2016 and 2017, which included visits to Edinburgh.

“So far more than 100,000 people have taken part in Gung-Ho! across the UK.

“This year, Aberdeenshire is the 18th stop on a 22-date tour of the UK.

“With many runners taking part for charity over the past few years, thousands of pounds are expected to be raised for good causes this time around.

“The amount of air used to inflate the course is roughly the same as 76 million footballs.”

Anyone can tackle the course if they are at least four foot tall.

It is understood the event will take place at the historic 15th century castle on September 1.

A spokeswoman for the National Trust for Scotland, which runs Castle Fraser. near Kemnay, said: “We are in discussions with Gung-Ho! about an event at Castle Fraser next summer.

“It looks like a lot of fun.

“We’re still finalising a few details, so watch this space for more news soon.”

Tickets and more information are available at

Early bird participants will pay £30 to take part until June 11, after which prices are set to rise.