A thrill-seeker is suing the organisers of a Bear Grylls survival challenge after a fall from the monkey rings section of a 5km obstacle course left her with a shattered leg.
The surgeon who treated former gymnast Margot Harrison said the top of her shin bone looked like a “digestive biscuit after somebody had stamped on it” after the accident.
Previously super-fit Ms Harrison says she can now only manage to walk a couple of miles without limping, and has suffered depression as a result of the accident.
Now she’s suing the company that organised the event – Intuitive Business Consultants Ltd – and Big Bang Promotions International Ltd, who were responsible for supervising staff and planned risk assessments for the event – for over £150,000.
Ms Harrison shattered her right leg and dislocated her shoulder as she attempted the monkey ring section of the 'Bear Grylls Survival Race’ in north London in October 2016.
She had only completed the first fifteen minutes of the course when she fell to the ground and suffered life-altering injuries.
She says there wasn’t a crash mat below the obstacle to prevent participants from hiring themselves and, according to her barrister Brian Cummins two other people had been injured attempting the same obstacle.
“Prior to her injury, they were aware – or ought to have been aware – the monkey rings obstacle had given rise to two previous serious injuries, and was a real risk to its race participants,' he told the High Court in London.
The Daily Mail reports how the court was told Ms Harrison should never have been allowed to tackle such an obstacle.
“Ms Harrison entered to participate in the 5K race for the less experienced over-14s,” Mr Cummins said, but “she should not have even been exposed to ‘The Jungle’.”
However the event organisers say that race marshals had carefully briefed on how contenders should approach the obstacle, and that Ms Harrison had launched herself at the rings from a standing position which was not recommended.
They added that straw bedding had been placed below the rings to soften the impact of any fall, and that the challenge had been designed to leave the average participant no more than 15 inches off the ground.
Angus Withington QC, acting for Big Bang Promotions International, pointed out that participants had been told they could skip any part of the course they didn’t feel comfortable with.
'Whilst it is unfortunate that Ms Harrison suffered injuries,” he said, “this was not due to any negligence on the part of Intuitive Business Consultants or Big Bang Promotions International and it is simply the result of the inherent risk associated with this type of adventurous activity”.
The judge has reserved his judgment on the case until a later date.
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