A Day of Dirt and Triumph at Primal Stampede

The newly re-developed Leeds Dock was a mixture of mud, sweat and triumph on Sunday 23rd August as more than 300 people took part in Primal Stampede - Leeds' first ever urban assault course.

The challenging event organised by Primal Gym, saw competitors put their fitness, stamina and teamwork to the test as they faced a 4KM course featuring 13 gruelling obstacles. Entrants tackled each obstacle twice as they took on two laps around Leeds Dock.

The event in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Cash for Kids, allowed the public to take part in a unique challenge whilst raising money for charities. Primal is brand new gym based at Leeds Docks which opened only 8 months ago in December 2014. As Primal's first major event, Primal Stampede proved a huge success and enabled them to show the city of Leeds what they have to offer.


Teams and businesses went head-to-head in some friendly competition, with many collecting sponsorship for the charities as part of their challenge. The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was supported by teams from William Anelay, Mastek and Bartlett Group who all completed the challenge with enthusiasm, teamwork and determination.


The challenge began outside Primal where competitors were greeted by a field of tyres before heading down towards the dock to carry weighted sandbags. Once finishing a small run with the weights, contestants faced some urban hurdles and a barrier maze, before making their way to Leeds Dock's tilt yard.


At the tilt yard competitors faced a further 5 demanding obstacles; a low net crawl, an 8-foot wall nicknamed 'The Beast', the 'Bear Pit' swamp crawl, monkey bars, 2 tunnel crawls, a steeple chase and then 'Brain Freeze' - a skip full of ice water.  From the tilt yard competitors completed a 25 meter water slide, another dip in a skip full of water and finally the tyre flip which left them back outside Primal, ready to begin a second lap of the challenge.

Spectators gathered at the docks where the entertainment of watching the challenge alongside food and drink stalls provided a fantastic family day out in the sun. Family and friends could also join the action, with charity donations being taken for water balloons to throw at the competitors!


As waves of 30 competitors set off every 20 minutes throughout the day, prizes were on offer for best freestyle on the flume, best display of teamwork and best fancy dress. With this in mind Leeds Docks became home to some creative outfits including SpongeBob SquarePants, Snow White, Macho Wrestlers and many more.

Kim Seddon from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal said "Primal Stampede was an amazing event which everyone enjoyed - it allowed the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to be part of something new and exciting that nobody had seen before. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the event in support of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and say a huge thank you to Primal for asking The Appeal to get involved. We can't wait to see what they have lined up for next year's challenge!"

To learn more about Primal visit http://getprimal.co.uk/