Kirkwood runners paint Oakwell red – blue, yellow, green...

Kirkwood runners paint Oakwell red – blue, yellow, green...

MORE THAN 1,000 people descended on Oakwell Hall Country Park to paint it all the colours of the rainbow at the weekend.

Runners of all ages took on a five-kilometre course  to raise funds for Kirkwood Hospice during the Colour Rush event on Sunday.

It was the second time Oakwell Hall had hosted the event that saw all of the participants start in white but finish looking like a work of art after being pelted with powdered paint bombs along the course.

Event organiser Emily Kennedy was delighted to see so many people coming out to enjoy the day. She said: “It’s been amazing to see people from all different parts of our community coming together to celebrate the work of the Hospice in the most colourful way possible.

“We’ve had around 1,000 people taking part. Thanks to their generosity, we hope to raise around £35,000 for patient care.”

Rachel Bendig, from Birstall, took part with her friend Jessica Deary and Jessica’s five-year-old daughter Ebony.

Rachel said: “We saw the event advertised and we’ve always wanted to do one. It’s such a fun event and it’s for a great cause.”

Tracy Brabin, who is hoping to stand for Labour in the forthcoming Batley and Spen by-election, also took part.

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