Northampton school helps to launch new Colour Run

Cynthia Spencer Hospice launching the Colour Run, with staff and children at Cedar Road Academy
Cynthia Spencer Hospice launching the Colour Run, with staff and children at Cedar Road Academy

Children at a Northampton school got messy for charity as they were covered in powder paint before Cynthia Spencer Hospice’s inaugural Colour Run.

Cedar Road Academy pupils took part in a painting practice to get ready for the main event, which will take part on Saturday, May 9, at Castle Ashby Gardens.

During the first ever Colour Run event, runners will be getting covered in family friendly powder paint at a number 
of pain stations around 
the five kilometre course, 
creating a rainbow of colours running over the finishing line.

As if yesterday’s painting practice wasn’t enough, participants at Cedar Road will also be testing their fitness when they take part in a cross-country run the day before the main event.

Kay Gerrett, headteacher of Cedar Road Academy, said: “When the children heard about the Colour Run and found out it was in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice, they jumped at the chance of entering.

“Today’s painting practice has certainly given them a flavour of what is to come and, judging by their enthusiasm, I know they are thoroughly looking forward to it.”

Sarah Denston, who organised the Cynthia Spencer event, said: “We are so pleased to have the support of Cedar Road, it’s brilliant that they want to get involved.

“Our first ever Colour Run promises to be a terrific event, and it doesn’t matter if people want to walk, run or even samba their way around the course - it will be such fun for everyone, young and old alike.

“Castle Ashby Gardens will look amazing in May and we could not ask for a more fabulous venue to host our debut event.”

Entry to the Colour Run is £15 per adult or £7.50 for children, and £40 for families of four. For further information, visit: www.cynthiaspencerhospice.org.uk, call Sarah Denston on: Northampton 678160 or email sarah.denston@nhft.nhs.uk.