Girls try out a fundrais­ing fun run with added

Halifax Courier - - Your Say - By Karen White­head

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

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