Shropshire father and doctor stars on Ninja Warrior UK after catching son's love for show

A father from Shropshire has swapped the pressure of the emergency department for a TV assault course, appearing on Ninja Warrior UK.

Andrew Foot has taken on the challenge of Ninja Warrior UK
Andrew Foot has taken on the challenge of Ninja Warrior UK

Andrew Foot, who lives in Ercall and works as an emergency medicine consultant for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, decided to compete after his son got him into watching the show.

The 38-year-old father-of-one, who runs Walsall's emergency department, said: “My son Ewan has watched Ninja Warrior and got me into watching it as well. It progressed to going to the local Ninja Warrior parks (there is one in Walsall) as well as organising a few father/son ninja training days.

“When it was announced that the show was returning, I thought I had better apply. I had to send in a video application and then attend a series of auditions where they made you do some fitness tests in a cross fit gym as well as have a chat to you on camera.

“When I got the news that I had been successful I was very excited as I could prove to Ewan I am a real ninja warrior of course!”

Andrew Foot has taken on the challenge of Ninja Warrior UK

Ninja Warrior UK is a British physical obstacle assault course game show, created for ITV. The show is based upon the format of the Japanese game show Sasuke, created by Ushio Higuchi.

The show focuses on contestants tackling a variety of obstacles along an assault course and achieving a fast time or going the furthest to qualify for the semi-finals and the finals.

If a competitor completes the final obstacle in under 45 seconds, they will be declared winner of the contest and crowned 'Ninja Warrior UK'.

Andrew added: “Ninja Warrior involves lots of jumping and swinging off things and it is really high pressure as if you fall even once you are out. You must prepare beforehand.

Andrew Foot has taken on the challenge of Ninja Warrior UK

“I do a lot of body weight exercises and climbing on a weekly basis, although you need more than this to do well on Ninja Warrior. You need to practice a lot of grip strength and finger exercises (a finger board helps) as well as going to dedicated ninja gyms to get practice on the bigger ninja obstacles and jumps. It was one of my goals this year to learn the salmon ladder and the peg board.

“The new race format this year meant that not only did you have to beat the course but also an opponent running beside you on the course. You have to try and go fast — but too fast and you may fall off – stressful!

Andrew Foot has taken on the challenge of Ninja Warrior UK

“I’d say my most favourite part was having all my friends and Ewan in the audience whilst I competed and the most difficult part was when you fall off as it’s over very quickly! Balance is my weakest area for sure.”

Andrew’s family said they were surprised at how well he did whilst his colleagues said they loved the fact he ran the course in his scrubs as 'Dr Ninja'.

Andrew Foot has taken on the challenge of Ninja Warrior UK

For his next challenge he will be entering a 100-mile, four-day, ice skating race in Mongolia called the Mongal 100 where he has six months to learn to ice skate.

To see how well Andrew did you can watch him on ITV player by finding ‘Ninja Warrior Race from Glory episode 2’.

Andrew appears 12 minutes into the show, which aired on September 17.

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