GALLERY: Crowds scramble over Inflatable 5k obstacle course in Wolverhampton

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

Crowds of people turned out to tackle inflatable objects across a 5k run.

Visitors flocked to Wolverhampton Racecourse for the event to face off against 15 giant obstacles in aid of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

And people had smiles on their faces as they bounced, crawled, climbed and slid their way around the course.

Kris Roscoe, aged 20, took on the course with 22-year-old Nicole Cashmore, both finishing in around 45 minutes.

Kris, from Coventry, said: "It was harder than it looks.

"They broke it up with the obstacles and it made it fun.

"I was confident I could do it – I dragged her along with me.

"It was booked last March, so it was pre-planned we would do it.

"We probably should've prepared a bit more – we just turned up, but we will be more prepared next time.


"We were going to go again but Nicola's not a fan of the ran," he added.

Weary runners were given a medal at the end for completing the course.

Engaged couple Tom Warrington and Freya Cassia travelled from Tamworth to take part in the inflatable run.

Freya, aged 25, took on the challenge after her and other Anthony Collins solicitors agreed to tackle a similar event in Birmingham.


"I was supposed to be doing it with work, but it was too windy – so we came do this one instead," the trainee solicitor said.

GALLERY: Inflatable 5k brings the fun to Wolverhampton

Tom, aged 25, agreed to take on the event to offer his support.

He said: "It was good.

"It went super wet at the end but we made it.

"Some parts were difficult but it was fun and lots were walking, so you didn't feel too bad.

"It took us 45 minutes – we've taken it leisurely,

"We enjoyed it rather than sprinting through."

Michael Brown, from Moxley, was another runner who took part – his first since his injury.

The 33-year-old tore the muscle between the stomach and groin, but is now on the road to recovery.

He said: "On the first half, the first 2.5k, was easy – when you get through the first pain barrier you can push through.

"It took me 40 minutes and considering I'm recovering from an injury that's lasted 12 weeks, I've done myself proud.

"It was better with more inflatables and it makes a difference to the course – it's good fun."

And Shirely Smith, from Sutton Coldfield, and friend Michelle Simpson-Lewis, who lives in Rushall, took on the course together – along with their four 13-year-old boys.

Michelle, aged 42, said: "It was a fantastic, well-organised brilliant day – we're definitely doing it next year.

"The atmosphere was good and there was a good mix of all ages and abilities."

Shirley Smith, aged 45, added: "We're friends and we did it as a fun event to do because our boys are quite active and we are.

"We looked for something fun and then we did it."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

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