Rainbow Dash will raise cash for Jarrow hospice

Fundraisers taking part in the St Clare's Hospice Rainbow Dash.
Fundraisers taking part in the St Clare's Hospice Rainbow Dash.

A Jarrow hospice is set to hold its third annual colour run to raise cash.

The St Clare’s Hospice Rainbow Dash, which sees runners showered from head to toe in vibrant powdered paint, will take place on Sunday, May 22.

The Rainbow Dash is a fun, feel-good, family event and we are planning to create a real party atmosphere. Participants can choose if they want to run the 1k or the 5k all while getting showered with a rainbow of colours.

Senior fundraiser, Vanessa Mustard

Families will be able to take on the 1k and 5k challenges together at Monkton Stadium, in Dene Terrace, Jarrow.

Participants will start the run as clean as a whistle and then be showered from head to toe with the safe and nontoxic paint as they walk, run or dance around the untimed route.

The event will help to raise money for patient care at the hospice and is accessible to men, women and children from ages six and over.

Senior fundraiser Vanessa Mustard, who is organising this year’s event, said: “The Rainbow Dash is a fun, feel-good, family event and we are planning to create a real party atmosphere. Participants can choose if they want to run the 1k or the 5k all while getting showered with a rainbow of colours.

“With music and a prize for the most painted, this will once again be a Sunday to remember.

“Last year’s event proved to be very popular with about 400 people taking part so early booking is advised.”

The run at Monkton Stadium will feature colour- throwing stations to douse the participants in the powdered paint.

These stations have been adopted by Fit 4 Less Jarrow and LS Care who are supporting the event.

St Clare’s Hospice is also looking for volunteers on the day to assist with registration, throwing the powdered paint, giving out medals and tidying up the site.

Go to www.stclareshospice.co.uk/events/rainbow-dash to book online, call 0191 451 6400 or email fundraising@stclareshospice.co.uk for more information.

St Clare’s Hospice provides palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses.

More than 360 people took part in last year’s Rainbow Dash and X Factor contestant Lola Saunders, from East Boldon, sang.