The atmosphere was electric on Sunday 19th April as Weston Colour Run returned to the sands for its second year in a bid to raise £55,000 for the local Hospice.
Children and adults arrived in bright whites ready to be covered from top to toe by volunteer paint throwers. The event – which began at 2pm sharp – saw participants swarm Uphill Beach on a 5k route which lead them down to the pier and back again.
Entertainment was provided at the starting line where runners were persuaded by an MC to warm up as they listened to music. A mass paint throw marked the beginning of the run which saw everyone engulfed in magnificent rainbow clouds.
The party vibes carried on all the way down the course as the plucky participants were greeted by the Heart Angels – a cheering squad provided by Heart FM – at the half way point.
Face painting and merchandise stalls were available to make sure that everyone looked as colourful as possible. Many runners turned up in whacky fancy dress including Nicki Farry, 28, and friends who impressed the crowds by running the full 5k in wedding dresses.
Event organiser Claire Dibben commented on the success of Weston Colour Run 2015: “We’re so pleased with how the day went. These events are so important to Weston Hospicecare – not only does it bring our loyal supporters together for a huge party but the amount of fundraising and sponsorship that takes place is astonishing.
The price of ticket entry only covers event costs and so it’s really important to us that everybody gets their friends and family to sponsor their awesome efforts in the run. We’re so proud of everybody who takes part and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!”
Supporters of Weston Hospicecare came from far and wide to take part in the sunny event. Locals travelled from their doorsteps whilst others made the journey from further south.
Dawn Smith, 62,came from Newbury in Berkshire to be a part of the action: “When I found out that my son and his friends would be taking part I jumped at the chance get involved. Today has been brilliant and I’ll definitely be doing it again– who knows maybe I’ll be the one challenging my son next year!”
Weston Hospicecare is still gratefully accepting donations for Weston Colour Run. If you’d like to donate simply text WHCR15 £5 to 70070, or visit the website to find out other ways of fundraising for your local Hospice.