Run the Colour Rush to support Harrogate charity Saint Michael’s Hospice

Maddy and Ellie Rymer (centre front L-R) with friends. (S)
Maddy and Ellie Rymer (centre front L-R) with friends. (S)

A colourful twist on the fun run is set to take place in Harrogate next month to support local charity Saint Michael’s Hospice.

Called the Colour Rush, the race will see participants showered with paint as they run to support the charity.

The untimed run of 5km is just one example of this new popular event and will be held at Ripley Castle on Sunday, June 22, starting at 10am.

Saint Michael’s Hospice chief executive Tony Collins said: “With paint runs sweeping the globe we are delighted to be able to bring the latest colour craze to Harrogate this summer.

“The Colour Rush is all about having fun and you’ll have to go a long way to find a brighter, happier 5k.

“We expect demand to be high for this exciting new event, and people are urged to secure their place early to avoid disappointment.”

The run, which is sponsored by Engage Mutual Assurance, will be followed by a paint-throwing after party once participants make it across the finish line.

It costs more than £4m a year to run the services offered by the hospice, which provides care to more than 2,000 local people at its base in Hornbeam Park and out in the community.

Two people who are well aware of the vital work of Saint Michael’s are Maddy Rymer, 19, and her sister Ellie, 18.

The sisters took part in the charity’s Star Walk last year in memory of their mum Susie who was cared for at the hospice in 2013 and are set to take part in the Colour Rush.

Maddy said: “The hospice supported us and our mum when she was ill with cancer and she spent her last week there.

“The minute mummy arrived at Saint Michael’s she instantly relaxed, which set us all at ease. We were able to stay with her in her room, which was fab, so peaceful and homely.

“Everyone at the hospice is absolutely fantastic. Saint Michael’s is a wonderful charity and one that is very close to our hearts.

“The Colour Rush will be so much fun and lots of our friends are already really excited to take part.”

As part of a new strategy, Saint Michael’s Hospice is reaching out in local communities through other new developments such as a Starbeck hub of specialised support.

This initiative will offer advice and appointments and will facilitate the delivery of care at home trough the Macmillan nursing team.

Entry to the Colour Rush is £20 for adults, £10 for children, and under 5s go free. To register, contact the fundraising team on 01423 879687 or email