‘Extreme Ninja Warrior’ is heading to Leeds

DARING: Marianne Lalli on the climbing wall at City Bloc.
DARING: Marianne Lalli on the climbing wall at City Bloc.
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A climbing challenge which incorporates free running is coming to Leeds next month in what is thought to be the first competition of its kind.

City Bloc Indoor Climbing Wall has joined forces with Level Up Academy to create ‘Extreme Ninja Warrior’, the world’s first combined climbing and parkour free-running competition.

Over a six hour gruel, split into two sessions, participants can expect to be challenged to showcase what they have got when it comes to jumping, balancing, running, strength and power.

The idea for the collaboration came when staff from City Bloc, based at Hunslet started going to nearby Level Up for extra training.

Marianne Lalli from City Bloc said: “Climbing is getting very popular as an indoor sport and is fun and physical at the same time.

“The way things are going with climbing competitions, they are getting more technical and it is not just about strength, you have to have co-ordination and balance.

“Some of our staff started to go to Level Up for more training and came up with the idea it would be pretty cool to make a combination of these two.

“We know nothing like this has ever been done before, we are pretty excited by it and it will be a fun competition.”

Ms Lalli added that participants don’t need to have previous climbing or parkour experience or equipment - just to be an active fitness enthusiast.

The competition will be on Sunday July 23 with ten events spread over three hours at Level Up Academy in the morning and then City Bloc for three hours in the afternoon.

A prize of £300 will be awarded to both the winners of the male and female category.

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