Colour run brings rainbow explosions to Sunderland park

The Colour in the Park Run
The Colour in the Park Run
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Hundreds of runners got doused in all the colours of the rainbow as part of a charity fun run with a twist on Wearside.

The Colour in the Park run in aid of Grace House took place at Herrington Country Park, with 400 people either running or walking the course.

The Colour in the Park Run

The Colour in the Park Run

The event was held to raise money for the Southwick respite centre, which is set to open soon and provide care to youngsters with serious and life-limiting conditions.

Runners set on the 5k course in blazing sunshine and were the target of paint throwing volunteers as they made their way around the park.

Grace House fundraiser Karen Maclennan said: “What a fantastic day and a massive thank you to each and every one of our runner and walkers.

“The sun has shone down on us all and we certainly painted a beautiful rainbow at Herrington Country Park.

Two young runners warm up for the Colour in the Park run for Grace House at Herrington Country Park

Two young runners warm up for the Colour in the Park run for Grace House at Herrington Country Park

“A special thank you to all our sponsors Whitworth Hall Hotel, Virgin Active, Yorkshire Bank, Asda, Igneous Training and Gentoo.

“The run finished with pizza from Pizza Uno in Pallion.

“Above all our volunteers worked tremendously hard to make sure the event ran smoothly especially Sunderland Rotary, who managed our car parking, and Raynet, who made sure all radio communications throughout the day were fully co-ordinated.

“Personally, I would like to give my thanks to everyone who ran today in memory of my son Jamie, who died eight months ago and took part in the Colour in the Park last year, especially his girlfriend Emily, sister Nichola and nieces Harriet and Ruby.

Runners set off at the Colour in the Park run for Grace House at Herrington Country Park

Runners set off at the Colour in the Park run for Grace House at Herrington Country Park

“I am so proud of you all.”

Runners warm up for the Colour in the Park run in aid of Grace House at Herrington Country Park

Runners warm up for the Colour in the Park run in aid of Grace House at Herrington Country Park

The Colour in the Park Run

The Colour in the Park Run

The Colour in the Park Run

The Colour in the Park Run