Hundreds enjoy family fun run in the sun
Hundreds of runners took part in Stoke-on-Trent’s annual Colour Runner family fun run in Central Forest Park, Sneyd Green, on Saturday 11th May.
Now in its fifth year runners enjoyed glorious sunshine as they made their way around the 5km and 2km routes to raise much needed funds for Caudwell Children, one of the country’s leading children’s charities.
As participants ran around the course they were blasted with dry powder paint leaving them covered from head to toe in a spectrum of colours.
“The Colour Runner has been a good way to start the summer off on such a beautiful and lovely day,” said 33-year-old Laura Stevens, from Sandbach. “It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and the family loved being outside and getting covered in paint.”
The fully accessible 2mk route allowed wheelchair users, parents with prams and dog owners to complete the run and each runner who finished the course was rewarded with a Colour Runner medal.
Like a number of runners 26-year-old Andy Stephen’s, from Stockport, was new to the event. He said: “This is the first time that I have done this run and I really enjoyed it as I ran it with my six-year-old cousin-in-law, Charlie.
“He was brilliant as he came eighth in the 5km, which is amazing for a child of his age.”
Charlie’s mum, Kate, was delighted by her son’s performance and the event itself. As she explained: “We’ve only discovered that Charlie has a talent for running recently and I was really happy when I found out about the Colour Runner online.
“It meant he could get outside and participate whilst raising money for a good cause.”
Zoe Baldock, aged 25, and Jodie Hind, aged 22, from Nantwich, are regular runners and both enjoyed the event. “We found it on Facebook,” enthused Jodie. “We do a park run every week but this just seemed so much fun.
“One tip though; close your eyes and mouth when you’re passing a paint station!”
Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children, was delighted by the day. As she explained: “This event is more party than pain and is arguably the most colourful sporting event in the region.
“People have once again turned out in their numbers to raise vital funds for disabled children and their families.
“Some runners know very little about the charity so this event is a great way of introducing them to Caudwell Children and explaining what we do. So it’s a great fundraising and marketing opportunity for us.
“Money raised through the event will help us to provide in-hospital and in-home family support, specialist equipment, short break activity days, therapies and treatments to disabled children in Staffordshire and beyond.”
You can find out about other Caudwell Children fundraising events here.