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The Cropston Factor!
To celebrate the return of The Krypton Factor on telly, BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter decided to get a team together to take part in daredevil challenges.
As a Krypton Factor fan, BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter decided to celebrate the return of the show back on the screens by having his own challenge. He managed to get a team together from the studios who were willing to take part.
The group met at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Birstall, which offers daredevil challenges for adrenaline junkies, to test out their new course - the City Skylines Aerial Challenge.
It's an assault course with a difference!
It just happens to be 33 feet up in the air. It's brand new, and this summer, it'll be open to the public.
Listen: Meet the contestants
So who are the super-fit athletes from BBC Leicester that Chris managed to round up?
Name: Charles Dagnell
Occupation: BBC Radio Leicester Drive-time presenter.
The former professional cricket player was super confident of his ability before the competition.
He says: "I'm the model on which Action Man was made."
Name: Rachel Goodison-Hastings
Occupation: BBC Radio Leicester receptionist
Although small in size Rachel was quietly self-assured about the event.
She says she just hopes to finish the course without falling over.
Name: Jo Hollis
Occupation: BBC Leicester reporter and mother-of-two
Jo describes herself as super-fit and was confident she will beat everybody.
A part-time gymnastics instructor Jo enjoys challenges and says she was looking forward to this one.
Name: Chris Baxter.
Occupation: BBC Radio Leicester afternoon presenter.
Chris is a keen walker and calls himself relatively fit.
He says his aim of the game is to beat Charlie.
Listen: The Cropston Factor
With a maximum of 4 points to be bagged by each contestant on each challenge, the pressure was on.
Chris Murlin. Rock climbing challenge. As assault course ten metres from, the ground, then we're going to finish up with the parachute simulator
Imagine walking the plank of a pirate that's what we're going to make you do. You step of the plank at the top and hopeful, the machinery should stop you before you hit the ground.
"What do you mean, hopefully?" asks a worried Chris.
Unfortunately we not had a chance to test it with the public so you will be the first to use it."
First up was the climbing and the contestants get on with the challenge.
Then the skylines aerial challenge which is an obstacle course off the ground.
The cold weather made the challenge more difficult for the teams.
Then it was the final challenge, the parachute simulator, a new addition to the course.
It's a plank 10 metres above the ground. You have to walk to the edge and jump off! You're held into a harness with a thin rope, which is attached to a fan and spring. As you descend, the fan slow you down, so you don't land with a complete splat!
Understandably some of the contestants were worried about the final part.
In the end Charles Dagnell refused to take part. Citing his reasons he said:
"I felt my legs start to shake towards the end. I commend anyone that does it but I genuinely feel scared to death."
The winner Rachel!
Listen: And the winner is....
It's the moment of truth, as the final winner is revealed.
In 4th place: with 4 points: Jo Hollis