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More than 500 ran the 5km circuit at this year's annual UCLan Colour Fun run.

Annual UCLan Colour Fun run success

Preston was awash with colour this weekend for the third annual UCLan Colour Fun run.

More than 500 ran the 5km circuit at UCLan Sports Arena while being showered with brightly coloured powder during the course.  The run’s official charity this year was Rock FM’s Cash 4 Kids with more than £1,000 raised in total as well as additional funds generated for the #StepsForSamuel charity.  Local schools including St Andrews C of E Primary School, St Bede’s Roman Catholic High School in Blackburn and Tarleton Academy all took part as well as Lancon Girls football club.

UCLan Sports Motivator Tom Ascroft said: “Once again we’re delighted with how many people came along to enjoy the run and raise money at the same time.  The UCLan Colour Fun run attracts people of all abilities and ages so it really is something that all the community can take part in.  This year, our youngest competitor was only three-years-old and our oldest was in fact my grandma who will turn 80 next month."

To raise so much money for a local charity and promote active lifestyles at the same time is fantastic and we’re already looking forward to next year.

“I want to say a massive thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, local groups and business involved in making it such a success.  To raise so much money for a local charity and promote active lifestyles at the same time is fantastic and we’re already looking forward to next year.”

Nikki Thompson, Cash 4 Kids Charity Manager, said: “It was an absolutely amazing event and you couldn’t help but have a huge smile on your face by being part of it.  It was lovely to see such a wide range of ages and abilities taking part – a truly wonderful community event that we are delighted to be involved with.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the team at UCLan Sports Arena for all their hard work and to everyone who took part.  The money raised will make a real difference to children and young people right here in Preston and Lancashire and we cannot wait for next year.”

Official photographs from the UCLan Colour Fun run can be viewed on the UCLan Flickr gallery. Preston Photographic Society took additional images on the day.

Lyndsey Boardman | 08 May 2017