Hundreds take part in colour run for hospice

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HUNDREDS of runners were showered in coloured powder during a sell-out fun run.

Grace House Colour in the Park at Herrington Country Park attracted the maximum 350 entries.

The Colour in the Park run at Herrington Country park on Sunday, in aid of the Grace House childrens hospice.

The Colour in the Park run at Herrington Country park on Sunday, in aid of the Grace House childrens hospice.

The 5km run was in aid of the Grace House appeal to build a hospice for children in the North East.

Appeal trustees chairman David Cook told the runners that the first children will be welcomed to the hospice in Southwick in the New Year.

First to finish the run was Matthew Phillips, 14, from Castletown.

“I enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s nice to have got home first.

“I do like running, but I do triathlons mainly.”

The first woman home was Marie Hilder, 33, from Easington.

“I am shattered,” she said. “I forgot to put my timing thing on, so I don’t know what time I did.

“It was a bit chilly at the start, but the running soon warmed me up. The run was great fun, and it was in a good cause.”

Further down the field was author Terry Deary, whose Horrible Histories books have sold 27million copies in 40 languages.

“I am a keen club runner,” said Terry, 68.

“I’ve been a supporter of Grace House since it started. Lots of people from all over the place ask me to back things, but I prefer to do the ones that mean something to me personally.

“Grace House is in the town I grew up in, and I know all the people involved, so I am delighted to support it.”

Organiser Karen Maclennan is delighted the run went well.

“It was our first colour run,” she said. “I want to say a big thank you to all the runners, and the volunteers who helped make it happen.

“We are also grateful for the backing of several companies, including Sainsbury’s, Virgin Health Clubs and Yorkshire Bank.”