Hundreds sign up to Hospice Colour Dash in memory of loved ones

St Barnabas Hospice is well underway with plans for their annual Colour Dash at the Lincolnshire Showground after a flurry of sign-ups

In response to the launch of this year’s Colour Dash, St Barnabas Hospice has seen an excellent response in sign-ups, and is hopeful it will be a record breaking year.

The popular 5k Colour Dash will once again be held at the Lincolnshire Showground on Saturday 13th May, and is open to anyone aged 5 and over (under 16s to be accompanied by a paying adult).

The Colour Dash is a 5k route dotted with various coloured paint stations, ensuring participants get sprayed with environmentally friendly powder at every kilometre. Participants can run, walk or dance the route to raise money to get fit or in honour of a loved one.

Becky Otter, Event Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“Colour Dash is for all ages and abilities, and you certainly don’t need to be an athlete to take part. Many participants choose to take part in memory of a loved one, and it is lovely to see so many people coming together and celebrating the lives of those they love.

“It’s a great way to give something back to St Barnabas whilst having fun at the same time.”

To book a place at the Colour Dash, it will cost only £20 for adults, £10 for children and £50 for a family ticket. There is also the opportunity to book a stall at £100 for the event.

Included in the registration fee is a fundraising pack, neon sunglasses, a bottle of water, a poncho and a commemorative medal.

Participant, Mrs Chapman (aged 31 from Grantham), said:

“I decided to take part in the Colour Dash as we lost my father-in-law to cancer in March 2015. He received fantastic care at St Barnabas Hospice when he was near the end, and it really helped him and the family having the amazing staff helping to take care of him in his final days.

“I think my father-in-law would be proud of us running in his memory, and hopefully he’s smiling down on us.”

Natalie Morley (aged 33 from Boston), also participating this year, added:

“My son (aged 14) and I are using the Colour Dash to keep Grandad’s memory alive.

“I hope that Grandad would be proud of us for doing this, as not only do we take part to raise money, we also enjoy celebrating Grandad and everything he was to us all. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think of him, but when we’re running it’s fun and we have nothing but smiles for him.”

Sponsoring this year’s event are Western Power Distribution, Running Imp, Lincolnshire Co-op, Your Print Partner and Bailgate Independent. St Barnabas has once again called on the help of Total Fitness Lincoln to lead a fun warm up before the event.

To register, go to www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/cd17

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