All things are bright and beautiful at hospice's colour run
PUBLISHED: 13:01 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:01 19 May 2015
Runners thought to have raised £20,000
PAINT-splattered runners who coursed round Danson Park on Sunday at the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice’s colour run are expected to have raised £20,000.
Entrants ran, jogged and walked their way round the five-kilometre course, during which they had powder paint – fortunately non-toxic and easily washable - chucked over them at regular intervals.
Four women hula-hooped their way round the course - a double circuit of the park - and several wheelchair users were pushed by their devoted partners.
The initial 500 places sold out so quickly that the hospice, which has not held the event before, decided to add another 250 - which also sold out quickly. Although the fundraising total has not been confirmed, it is expected to be around the £20,000 mark.
There was fun after the run too, with burgers, DJs, picnics and face painting.
Hospice community fundraiser Megan Boyle said: “It was all about having fun and going at your own pace.
“One lad finished in 20 minutes. He didn’t have much paint on him!
“We have been really surprised at how much sponsorship people have been raising, and overwhelmed.
“That £20,000 will go a long way to support our work and we are massively grateful to everyone who came along, and everyone who helped.”
Entrants were doused in powder paint six times during the run – and the first 500 who registered had a bag of paint included with their registration pack, so family members could give them an extra coating at the end.
Fire crews washed down the park afterwards to get rid of the yellow, red and green paint which had been so liberally scattered.
“There’s a real buzz already around next year’s event,” Miss Boyle added.
“People are already saying they’ll definitely be there. We know now having run it once how it all works, and there is definitely scope for it to get much bigger.”