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Bungee running

Stretch the elastic in this fantastic target-touching challenge, as we learn about the importance of bouncing back.
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What to expect

Bungee running involves running as far as you can to try and reach a fixed target, while attached to a secured elastic bungee cord. Outdoor spaces work best for this activity, and it can take place on a purpose-built inflatable course or a man-made course made up of muddy or slippery surfaces. This could be a tarpaulin covered in soapy water, for example.

What you’ll learn

Bungee running is all about learning to get back up when you fall down. The course is designed to slip you up and make it difficult to reach the targets or get to the end of the bungee cord. It’s a great activity for learning how to stay focused on your goal and gives you lots of opportunities to get back up and try again. Don’t forget to support each other, try your best and have fun too!

Handy hints

  • Don’t wear your favourite clothes. You might get wet or muddy, depending on the course, so don’t wear anything you don’t want to get ruined. You just need any outfit that you can move around easily in.
  • Bring a change of clothes. If you’re using a muddy or soapy course, it’s a good idea to bring some stuff to get changed into afterwards too.
  • While you wait. You’ll only have one or two people taking part at a time, so think of some quick games to play to keep everyone entertained while they wait for a turn.

We’re reworking our safety guidance for adventurous activities to make it easier to understand and follow.

In the meantime, before you try bungee running, review the safety information here.

Reflection

Bungee running is a really fun way to get active and have a laugh with your mates. But it’s also about getting back up and trying again when you fall down. Did anyone manage to reach the target? Ask the group how they felt if they fell. Was there anything that made it easier to get back up and try again?

This is a really fun activity, and one in which most people don’t mind falling over a bit at first. Holding onto that kind of attitude will make it easier to get up and try again in other, more serious activities. In the same way, we shouldn’t let it get to us when we try more difficult activities and things don’t work out the first time. It doesn’t matter if you’re not successful at first, it’s the getting back up and trying again that counts.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.