Harrogate charity goes colour crazy

Runners had powder paint thrown at them at every kilometre check-point along the course
Runners had powder paint thrown at them at every kilometre check-point along the course

MORE than 1,600 people flocked to Ripley Showground on Sunday June 21 to take part in Saint Michael’s second annual Colour Rush.

The 5km route took in the deer park, over the lake bridge and around the lake and skirted round the castle before finishing back at the showground.

Saint Michael’s chief executive Tony Collins said: “We are delighted at the amazing response to the Colour Rush and would like to thank everyone who helped make the day such a resounding success.

‘’We are very grateful to our tremendous team of volunteers who helped on the day, all the local businesses and organisations who supported us and of course, all those who collected sponsorship and turned up to take part.’’

Last year’s Colour Rush was the first ever run by Saint Michael’s hospice and was extremely successful with 1,100 supporters who came out to take part and around £50,000 raised for the charity.

This year 1,600 people entered and the course also featured the new addition of fun obstacles set up by volunteers from the Army Air Corps.

Runners had the choice of tackling the obstacles which included army camouflage nets and hay bales.

As a result of the success both with this year’s colour rush and last year’s, there is a strong chance that the hospice will stage a similar event next year as well.

Mr Collins said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere and people are already asking us about our next big event. Watch this space.’’