Girls try out a fundraising fun run with added
Hands up, how many of us have heard of Color Me Rad? For those of you who haven’t, it’s a 5K fun run that spreads a tsunami of colour as it streaks along its route.
Color Me Rad is inspired by Holi, the Hindu festival of colours.
Fluorescent rainbow coloured powders are sprayed to celebrate winter’s end and spring’s renewal.
Runners arrive looking as fresh as a daisy and are showered with colour bombs - turning them into human sherbet dips.
Primed to expect a radical experience, a group of brave fundraisers led by myself and Sarah Pearce, donned t-shirts and sunglasses for this crazy event.
The aim was to raise as much money as possible for Overgate – an organisation which has a particular poignancy for the girls.
We picked up the blearyeyed girls at 8am and headed off to Harewood House in Leeds.
When we arrived, there was already a large crowd and when we walked down the hill towards them, we could feel the party atmosphere.
At this point we were still feeling a bit ‘clean’ so we put on rad transfers, grabbed some coloured powder and began to puff.
Music was booming and the crowd was bouncing as we all warmed up for the run. Then we were off! Lines of runners in white t-shirts and running shoes streaked ahead, snaking their way through fields of fresh green grass.
Clouds of colour exploded into the air as the first wave of runners hit the colour stations.
It was a sea of bright tutus, sunglasses and leg warmers with everyone laughing as they tried to take it all in.
Our cause was a needy one; Overgate hospice - which lies close to Brooksbank. One of our group had recently lost a very close family member who had spent some time at Over- gate, so this charity was at the very heart of the effort.
As the finishing line drew near, we all clasped hands and crossed it together.
On the other side was a jubilant Mr Callery who was in stitches - until we hugged him and shared our colour.
With the stage still booming and the organisers still pumping colour we couldn’t resist going back for more. It was an amazing experience and brilliant to be a part of it.
This week the money has come flooding in, thanks to a coin collection, a sponsorship account on justgiving. com/Brooksbank-Belles and tweets on Twitter.
We’re still working hard to raise as much cash as we can and are aiming for a total of £1,000.
PUTTING THE FUN INTO RUNNING: The girls after completing Color Me Rad