With the date set for the ONF launch, my sister, a friend and I signed up to take part in Gung Ho! Nottingham on the 17th September 2016, a 5k run around an inflatable obstacle course, set up in Wollaton Park. We asked our friends, colleagues and families to sponsor us. I teach in a primary school, so I also asked the staff, parents and children to sponsor me. In addition, we held a cake sale and my school kindly donated half of the funds it had raised from its very own ‘Bake Off’ event.
As a grey morning dawned it was not without some trepidation that we set off for Wollaton Park. Although feeling rather out of our comfort zone we embraced the idea of Gung Ho (‘unthinkingly enthusiastic and eager’) and approached the course with gusto and lots of laughter! Over the 5 kilometres we tackled all sorts of inflatable obstacles including a climbing wall and a maze. We finished with a trip down Europe's tallest slide, 5 storeys high and nearly 200 metres long (not to mention the cold water waiting at the bottom!). We ended the race exhausted but happy and due to everyone's generosity we raised over £700 for the ONF.