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Helen Clitheroe launches Preston’s first ever colour fun run

27 April 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

More than 300 people take part in 5k run at UCLan Sports Arena

Olympic and Commonwealth running athlete Helen Clitheroe has led more than 300 people in a fun run that turned Preston into a rainbow of colours this weekend.

The first ever UCLan Color Fun run saw participants young and old run 5km at UCLan Sports Arena while being showered with brightly coloured powder along the route.

The idea behind the inaugural event was to inspire people of all abilities to get active in a fun and relaxed way.

Helen, who is also a UCLan Honorary Fellow and officially started the event, commented: “I've really enjoyed starting the Color Fun run at UCLan Sports Arena. It's a great cause and great to get people running and having fun at the same time.”

The Arena teamed up with cancer charity Marie Curie for the event with runners raising more than £1,000 for the charity.

“All the money raised from the Color Fun run will help Marie Curie provide expert care, guidance and support to help people with a terminal illness, and their families, get the most from the time they have left.”

Sarah Fletcher, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Lancashire, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody at the University of Central Lancashire who organised the Color Fun run to raise money for Marie Curie. It was an absolute pleasure to come along and meet many of the organisers and runners on the day, we had such a brilliant time, even though we did return home yellow.

“All the money raised from the Color Fun run will help Marie Curie provide expert care, guidance and support to help people with a terminal illness, and their families, get the most from the time they have left. Locally, Marie Curie Nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across Lancashire, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Seven out of 10 carers say that people with a terminal illness do not get all the care and support they need. As the UK’s leading charity for people living with any terminal illness, and their families, Marie Curie doesn’t think that is good enough and that is why your support is so important to us. Thank you.”

It’s the first time Preston has ever held a race like this and organisers from UCLan Sports Arena say they’re already looking forward to running it again.

Organiser of the event and sports motivator Sam Cadwallader said: “The event was a great success and we are delighted that Helen Clitheroe has lent her support to our first ever UCLan Color Fun run which hopefully has motivated a lot of local people to stay fit and active.”

Photographs from the UCLan Color Fun run can be viewed on the UCLan Flickr gallery.