Learning to Parkour in the Urban Jungle

Last weekend I had the chance to do one of the coolest things I have ever done – parkour in the Southbank with The City Fittie to celebrate the launch of the new movie, The Jungle Book. I have never done parkour before but that’s not stopped me from fantasising about how brilliant I’d be. In my dreams I would take to it like a duck to water and generally be amazing. Of course the truth was nothing like this (nothing at all), but I had such a fun time!

Ninja Warrior UK star Timothy Schieff was also there and it wasn’t intimidating at all watching him do his stuff. He was there jumping off and onto things the way I wish I could, filming it all for his youtube channel (video below the cut). I may not be a natural parkour-er but both The City Fittie and I have a cameo in this video – see if you can spot us!

There were so many experts there and one of my teachers was the incredible Brad Wendes who not only was really patient but earned my utmost respect when he offered to catch me as I jumped from one block to the other in case I fell (I did not look like Timothy as I did this.)

I started off in the young children’s course (you can see from the pictures above just how ‘high’ the obstacles were). Which should have been easy but I have the balance skills of an incompetent so stayed there for a long, long time. Eventually though it was time to graduate onto the big people course.

Now all the images below are screen shots from a video shot on the day. The full video is on both mine and Brad’s instagram pages but I wanted to show you all one particular jump I did and how proud I was that I made it.

I am not scared of heights but I am petrified of damaging my knee further – but I did it and was so happy I did.

As I said, I had such a great time. It’s always fun to try something new! Now, I can’t wait to watch the movie and possibly find somewhere local to me which teaches parkour.

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  1. Caroline runs 21st April 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I am so jealous of you! I am desperate to have a go at Parkour. My nearest club is 20 miles away though. I don’t think I’d be any good because I’m really badly coordinated.

    • Rosh 22nd April 2016 / 10:44 am

      I really hope you do get a chance and I hope a place opens up nearer you. I can tell you now that I am also very uncoordinated – it’s still brilliant fun!

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