‘Freebie Friday Giveaways’ for Stoke’s annual Colour Runner
Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to run a number of ‘Freebie Friday Giveaways’, over the next two months to reward people for registering for its annual Colour Runner event in Stoke-on-Trent.
The 2km or 5km fun run, which will take place on Saturday 4th April, 2020, in Central Forest Park, Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent, is described by the charity as ‘the most colourful sporting event in the region’.
This year’s Colour Runner will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in fundraising events, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
The first ‘Freebie Friday Giveaway’ will take place on Friday 14th February, 2020. Anyone who registers for Colour Runner on that day will receive a FREE neon sports sweat wristband.
Manufactured in cotton, the highly absorbent wristbands will not only be ideal for Colour Runner, they will also be the perfect sporting accessory for the gym, tennis, football, or any sporting event or workout!
“We sell a full range of brightly coloured accessories on the day of the run,” said Kate Sherwin from Caudwell Children. “Some of them, like the headbands, wristbands and sunglasses, have a function, whilst others like the face paint, angle wings and the tutu skirts are purely to add colour, drama and glamour to the event.
“Many runners pay for these items on the day but now we’re giving participants the chance to get one item for free by registering for a place on one of our ‘Freebie Friday Giveaway’ days.”
As runners make their way around the course they are blasted with powder paints that leave them covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours.
The 2km run will start at 10:00am, closely followed by the 5km run which will set off at 10:30am. Each race will be preceded by a warm up session.
Kate, says this year’s run is set to be even bigger than last year’s. As she explained: “This will be our seventh Colour Runner event and each year it gets bigger and better with participants coming from across Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire.
“It’s now very much part of the sporting calendar in the city which is phenomenal given that it was only established in 2015.
“Those who take part in Colour Runner love it and we receive so much positive feedback about the run. We guarantee multi-coloured fun from the hoot of the starting horn to the celebrations at the finishing line.”
Kate describes the run as more party than pain and says that the event is suitable for runners of all ages and abilities. She said: “Colour Runner also incorporates a shorter, accessible 2km course which is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, so the whole family can get involved.
“The event is built around having fun rather than breaking records and I think that‘s why it’s become so popular so quickly.
“You can run, walk, hop or skip around the course at a pace suitable for you and the family.”
The money raised from the event will help the charity to deliver a range of equipment, treatments and therapies to disabled children across the region.
Entry to the 5km event is £22 for adults and £15 for children (aged 14 and under). Entry to the 2km run is £15 for adults and £9 for children. Children can run unaccompanied from the age of 14, whilst children 13 and under must run with a responsible adult.
“We’d really like some of the regions larger companies to get involved this year,” said Hannah. “So we’re offering teams of 10 or more a 10% discount off the entry fee.”
Entry includes a free Colour Runner T-Shirt for adults and a free pair of sunglasses for children. All participants who complete the course will receive a prestigious Colour Runner medal.
“We’re asking those who register for the event to set themselves a £50 fundraising target,” concluded Kate.
Caudwell Children will provide each runner with a fundraising pack, containing an A-Z of fundraising ideas, to help them smash their target.
For further information and to register for the event visit the web page here.