CHILDREN and adults went bouncing bonkers on a space hopper fun day despite deflated world record hopes.
The event at Greenhead Park yesterday had originally been billed as an attempt to break the world record for the number of people bouncing simultaneously on space hoppers (1,505).
But the record attempt to raise cash for Yorkshire Cancer Research was abandoned due to poor uptake.
Instead, organisers Kirklees Council and Park Run based in Greenhead Park yesterday put on a fun day of space hopper events to raise money for the charity.
The day included a 100m sprint, egg and spoon race, obstacle course and noughts and crosses – all on space hoppers.
Co-organiser Chris Smith from Park Run said: “One of the Park Runners did a space hopper bounce in Leeds and he had a great time and thought we should have one here.
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“We had a word with Yorkshire Cancer Research about doing an event for them and we hit it off like a house on fire.”
Linsey Trower, Yorkshire Cancer Research head of marketing, said: “We started off with a Guinness World Record attempt but we didn’t have the uptake so we decided to do a family fun day.
“It’s about people having a bit of fun on space hoppers and raising cash for Yorkshire Cancer Research. If we can get a couple of thousand of pounds from today that’d be great.
“It’s nice to get people active and do something a bit sporty after the Olympics and get mums, dads, and kids together.
“Everyone loves space hoppers.”
Taking part in the events was 10-year-old Isobella Piliu from Edgerton.
Isobella said: “I’ve had a really good time today.
“I saw the poster for it and persuaded my mum to take me.
“I had a go at the relay, then the 100m and the egg and spoon race.
“I’m happy as I get to take the space hopper home.”