The Rossendale Colour Dash held at Marl Pits Leisure Centre attracted 545 participants and is expected to generate an amazing income of £14,000 for the Hospice.
Dancers from 'Dance Like Nobody’s Watching' entertained the crowds followed by their founder Joanne Entwistle warming everyone up for the start. Local celebrity Ted Robbins, set off hundreds of supporters from the start line.
Keen runners to gentle walkers, all dressed in white, adorned with rainbow wigs, lei garlands and multi-coloured sunglasses followed a 4-kilometre route, passing through six colour stations where colour dashers were covered with powdered paint that created the ultimate rainbow effect.
The colour stations were generously sponsored by local businesses; Keenans Estate Agents, Woodcock, Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors and Bigtank Productions. Bigtank also filmed the event - as soon as it is ready, it will be uploaded to this page.
The event attracted groups of friends, family members and teams of colleagues. Jeanna Hilton, Michelle Proctor & Jo Durrant took part with eighteen family members who were raising funds in memory of their mother-in-law Barbara Hilton, who lost her battle to cancer and was cared for by the Hospice at Home nurses earlier this year. Jeanna and her family organised the colour dash after-party at the Red Lion pub in Newchurch.
A team of twenty ladies who called themselves 'The Real Lancashire Housewives' dressed in pink tutus took part and collectively have raised over £2500 in sponsorship. Our local MP Jake Berry also joined in the fun with this team and wore a tutu!
Other teams, to name a few, included; teachers from Belmont School, colleagues from Woodcock, Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors, Denpoint and Rossendales Ltd.
As colour dashers crossed the finish line, they were greeted by staff from local Co-op stores who together with Ted handed them a goody bag and a souvenir medal.
The success of this event reflected the amazing community spirit we have in Rossendale and we'd like to thank the following for their support; pupils from Alder Grange School and LAF Media Productions for producing the promo video, Rossendale Rotary Club for manning the car park, JJO Plc for allowing us to use their vehicle as a stage, HD Signology for supplying all the banners, Beta Group for giving us masks and googles for the paint throwers to wear, Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue for providing first aid cover, Rossendale Rugby Club for planning around our event, Rossendale Self Storage for storing all the paint and equipment in the weeks prior to the event, Tricketts Insurance Brokers for advertising the event on their billboard, Bob Killelea for giving permission to use the private access by the Pro-Golf Driving Range, our photographers Colin Horne, Joshua Warwick & Bradley Jake, all the staff at Rossendale Leisure Trust and all who volunteered on the day.
Of course this event, would not be the success it is without everyone who registered and participated on the day....so thank you very much and we hope you like the photos below! (More photos will be uploaded in the next few days).