Thousands Raised on Colourful Afternoon
The first ever Colour Run held by Forget Me Not Children's hospice at Farnley Estates was a huge success. Despite the windy conditions and occasional cloud bursts, runners flocked to Field Lane for the 3km run.
Forget Me Not, a local charity which cares for children with life-shortening conditions and their families, estimates that the Colour Run will raise more than £30,000. Lucy Burnett, the charity's event manager said:
"Only 6% of our funding comes from the Government, so every year we need to raise around £3.8million to give local families the support they need. This has been a fantastic event for us and it was great to see so many people having fun."
The 3km route around Farnley Estates was designed to encourage as many people as possible to participate.
The team kept the route as flat as possible so that anyone could take part, including people in wheelchairs or with pushchairs - and they did!"
Runners included Farnley Estates Director, John Sykes, who said:
"We've never had this many people on the Estate before and it's been an amazing day. They have been running across parts of the Estate which have not been tramped over since the 19th century.
"Our aim is to open up more of the Estate for the benefit of local people and, hopefully, this event will be the first of many."
Many of the runners were asking about next year's event on their way home, with one colourful participant saying:
"It's been fantastic! I hope you're having another one next year!"