Fun runners got rather colourful as they took part in Hartlepool’s first ever Colour Run.
The event was held along Seaton Carew’s seafront yesterday to raise funds for Hartlepool and District Hospice
There was 280 runners, of all ages, taking part in the run which saw them being pelted with powdered paint as they ran five kilometres along to Newburn Bridge and back.
Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser was delighted with the turn out and said it’s been such a success they’ll be doing it again next year.
She said “What a fantastic turn out and thankfully the rain has held off too.
“We’re hoping to raise in the region of £10,000 for the hospital through the run, which will be wonderful.
What a fantastic turn out, we can;t thank everyone enough.”Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser
“We cant thank our sponsors, the runners and the people who have sponsored them enough for making this happen.
“We’ll definitely be looking to host another colour run next year, as this has been such a success.”
Eight–year–old Lillie Stamper and her mum Sarah Stamper, 31, from the Central Estate, were doing the run in honour of their dad and Grandad Ronnie Orley, 62, who has been battling cancer for the last five years.
However, the run was extra special because Lillie, a St Helen’s Primary school pupil has been poorly for the last three months with the HSP virus – a condition which causes blood vessels to be come inflames and also makes joints painful – which left her needing a wheelchair.
Sarah said: “We did a Race For Life a little while ago but Lillie was in a wheelchair and had to be pushed for most of the course, she ran over the finishing line.
“But today she’s running all of the Colour Run, so it’s a special day. We’ve raised about £73 for the hospice.”
Rachel Smith, 34, and her husband Stephen, 39, had raised £100 for the hospice by taking part in the run.
Stephen, from Hartlepool, said: “Our friend who passed away used the hospice so we thought we’d do our bit and raise some money for it as it’s such a worthy cause.
“We’ve never done a colour Run before and thought it was a bit different so we signed up.”