Video and photo gallery: Fundraising runners enjoy some paint-splattered fun in Felthorpe for charity

Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Monday, June 9, 2014
11:05 AM

Runners had a great time enjoying some paint-splattered fun in a crazy rainbow race for charity.

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Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield. Photo by Simon Finlay.

About 750 people took part in the Colour5K run at Felthorpe Airfield, near Taverham, on Saturday to raise money for Keeping Abreast, a breast cancer reconstruction support group.

The enthusiastic fundraisers refused to let the heavy rain ruin their fun and they created their very own rainbow as colour bandits showered them in coloured powder as they completed each kilometre of the run.

All the runners started the race with pristine white t-shirts and they all crossed the finish line looking like colourful works of art.

“The rain could not dampen the Colour5K experience,” said Sarah Ellis, one of the Colour5K organisers.

Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield. Photo by Simon Finlay.

“Everyone started off all in white, and after their first kilometre ran through their first colour zone and got splattered with red. “At each kilometre after that they went through another colour zone - orange, green, blue and purple.

“We say you start off as a blank canvas and end up as a masterpiece.”

Event manager Sally Jane Redington said: “It was brilliant. There was a fantastic turn-out, a really good crowd, lots of families, and lots of people have donated money to a really great charity.”

Following on from the run, the participants gathered for the grand finale - a colour extravaganza where everyone threw paint powder in the air to create a huge rainbow cloud.

Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Runners take part in the Colour5K run in aid of Keeping Abreast at Felthorpe Airfield. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Friends Kayleigh Bailey, 28, Emma McCarthy, 28, and Tina Carpenter, 33, all from Thetford, did the race together.

Kayleigh said: “We wanted to do the Colour5K because we thought it would be fun and because it was for charity.

“It was amazing. When you saw all the people covered in all the different colours it just made you want to keep running.”

Jan Hawkins, 57, from Cromer, said: “I wanted to do the run because I thought it was a mad idea. It was good fun because you knew every kilometre something funny would happen, and everyone was in good spirits.”

Carrie and Gary Roper, 47 and 49 and from Gorleston, took part in the race alongside their friend George Clark, 25, from Brundall.

Carrie said: “We wanted to raise money for charity and have a bit of fun. It was great fun being splattered with the colours. It was fantastic. I would recommend everyone try it.”

Keeping Abreast’s national fundraising and development manager Victoria White, from Reepham, was one of the colour bandits along with her children Lucas, who will be seven on Wednesday, and Mackenzie, nine.

She said they all had great fun throwing the coloured powder over the runners and that it was brilliant to have Colour5K supporting Keeping Abreast.

Keeping Abreast was established in September 2007 by patients Anna Beckingham and Beverley Birritteri and breast reconstruction nurse specialist Ruth Harcourt. They recognised there was a great need for women affected by breast cancer, who are facing a mastectomy or considering reconstructive surgery, to be able to meet and talk to other women who have been through similar experiences.

• For more about Keeping Abreast visit www.keepingabreast.org.uk

• For more about Colour5K runs, which are organised by Mucky Races, visit www.colour5k.co.uk

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