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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Hospice at Home's first Colour Run gets star backing

There was more than a splash of colour at Muncaster Castle this weekend.

Hundreds of runners, walkers and joggers, ranging from the very young to the not so very young, all took part in Cumbria’s first Colour Run – raising thousands of pounds for Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

There were two runs – a one kilometre route and a five kilometre route – with the sole purpose of getting covered in as much powdered paint as possible.

A very colourful Katie Leece, 20 of Workington, said: “My sister got me involved, a group of us did the 5k run. It was fun but some of the hills at the end were really hard.”

Ann Parker, 54 of Cockermouth, was with her grandchildren – Louis, eight, and Tyler, six.

She said: “It’s a great family day out. Okay it’s grey and drizzly but it’s still fun. Hospice at Home is a fantastic charity and we hope we can help it continue its good work.”

Doctor Robert Walker, chairman of hospice at home, said: “The idea was suggested to me a few months ago and I couldn’t get my head around the fact people would sign up to get paint thrown at them, but clearly it has been a success.

“More than 600 people have turned up, which is staggering when you think this is only our first event.”

In ticket sales alone the hospice has already raised £8,000 before any sponsor money comes in.

Lord Judd of Portsea, the charity’s current patron, said: “It has been a wonderful fun day for all the family.

“Hospice at Home is not a charity, it is a cause; a cause that belongs to the people of west Cumbria.”

Carlisle’s Roxanne Pallet, former Emmerdale actress and Cumbrian lass, was on hand giving the hospice her support as well as offering a kiss to the race winners.

She said: “It was an amazing day and although the weather may have been wet it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.

“I even let the kids throw colour bombs at me.

“It is great to be back in Cumbria, I always love coming home.”

  • Another Colour Run is scheduled to take place in Carlisle on Sunday, August 31. The event, this time in aid of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, will be held at Hammond’s Pond. Up to 300 people are expected to sign up to take part. Details at www.hospiceathome.co.uk.

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