An explosion of colour engulfed almost 750 runners at Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s biggest Colour Run.
Over 1,000 people flocked to Muncaster Castle on Sunday for the third annual run which is expected to have raised £40,000 for the local palliative care charity.
This is the third year in a row that the Frost-Pennington family have allowed Hospice at Home West Cumbria to hold their event at the castle.
Runners could again choose from a 5km or 1km course but this year organisers added an innovative twist by offering a series of giant inflatables on the last leg.
With almost 200 more runners than last year and the highest number of runners on record, it is thought that this might be the most successful year yet.
In addition to the runners, there was a supporting crowd of over 750. Participants and their families travelled from across the county and beyond to take part and were treated to live music from local band, Kin in association with CFM, giant inflatables, mega slides, roaming entertainers, a warm-up session from Moky Fit, cake stalls, face painting and a barbecue.
Jamie Reay, aged ten from Whitehaven ran the 1k course with his mum, brother, grandparents and auntie. It was the first time his family had been to a Colour Run but Jamie, a pupil at Jericho School, recently took part in a mini colour run at his school.
His family said: “It was Jamie that organised it all and got us inspired to take up the challenge. It’s been so much fun doing the run as a family and we have raised lots of money for the charity. There’s been a great atmosphere today. Getting covered in colour has been the best bit.”
Good friends Sarah Fenwick, a farmer from Seascale, and Bev Park, a carer from Gosforth, dressed up as fairies for the occasion. They were supported by Bev’s younger sister, Rachel.
Sarah said: “This is the third year we have taken part in the Colour Run and we’ve also done the Midnight Walk for Hospice. Last year we dressed up as hula girls but we had trouble with our coconuts!
“The fairy outfits have worked out much better and have definitely helped with our endeavours. We’ve had so much fun raising money for a fantastic charity. The weather has been brilliant and the atmosphere, magical. We’ll definitely be back for year four. Possibly dressed as unicorns!”
Rob Walker, chairman of Hospice at Home West Cumbria Trustees said: “We’ve had another fabulous day at Muncaster. As well as fundraising we also want people to enjoy themselves and I think we’ve achieved that with today’s event. With over 200 more runners than last year, it is a huge testament to the skills of our fundraising team and the support of our volunteers – it’s not easy to arrange an event like this and they have done a fantastic job.
“We’d like to thank everyone that has come along to support us today. The atmosphere has been incredible. And of course, we’d like to thank the team at Muncaster for allowing us to use their wonderful grounds. The setting is perfect – especially when the weather is on our side, like today!”
For more information on Hospice at Home West Cumbria and its services contact 01900 873173.