An award-winning chocolate fun run returns to Brum – but this time, it has a giant assault course twist

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is challenging Brummies to take on its ‘Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush’ – a new assault course which involves sliding, climbing and jumping in pursuit of chocolatey goodies.

Inspired by the hospice’s ‘Chocolate 5k’ – which picked up bronze for best fun run at the national Running Awards – the course will see people tackle giant inflatables, as well as other fun obstacles, as they race to pick up tasty treats at the finish line.

Taking place on Saturday 8 September at Cofton Park, sweet-enthusiasts will take on 10 obstacles before enjoying their chocolate reward, including the inflatable ‘Pyramid Climb’, ‘Lifeboat Wobble’ and ‘Dive for Victory’ – the latter involving wriggling or diving through giant blown-up beams.

Alongside the course, there will also be music and street food to enjoy, as well as an opportunity to win prizes with a charity raffle.

All funds raised will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s, which provides vital care and support to people living with life-limiting illness across Birmingham and Sandwell.

Laura Nash, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “Whether you choose to run, jump or climb your way through the course, whatever your tactic, The Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush is set to be a really fun and rewarding way to enjoy tasty, chocolate treats.

“This is Birmingham’s first-ever, chocolate-inspired obstacle course and we think it’s a fantastic way to do something amazing whilst raising vital funds for the hospice. Just £65 raised in sponsorship could make a big difference, helping someone to receive expert nursing care in the comfort of their own home.”

The Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush opens at 9am, with the race taking place from 11am to 3pm. Tickets cost £22, or £20.50 per person when booked as a team of five. To book, or to find out more, visit here.