By Paweł Kuziemski
Last Saturday, a crowd of ninja fans gathered in Harewood House for the first time in history for the Leeds Ninja Challenge.
Rules of the event were simple – every participant had to complete a race with obstacles.
It all was a part of a fundraising organised by St. Gemma’s Hospice.
“It’s good to get out of the house and do things to help others,” said Ewan Porey, a volunteer for St. Gemma’s Hospice.
“My uncle died of a cancer and I’m doing it for him,” said Nicholas Moorins, one of the runners.
As a professional Zumba trainer, Anna Ferguson, helped people to stay warm during the whole event – even the rain didn’t stop anyone from having fun.
“It’s very cold today so a proper warm up is very important,” she said.
For now, it is unknown how many ninjas are in Leeds.
“We are a bit short of staff, so, to be honest we can’t say how many people are in,” said Rebbeca Jacks, a fundraiser for St. Gemma’s Hospice.
One thing is sure – although the race was difficult and demanding, everyone seemed to enjoy their time.
“I would definitely recommend it to the other people,” said Karl Brown, shortly after he finished his run.