CHASING RAINBOWS: Preston runners take part in UCLan Colour Fun Run

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The sky was grey but the air was definitely ablaze with colour as hundreds of sure-footed people, led by Olympic and Commonwealth running athlete Helen Clitheroe, turned Preston into a rainbow of colours.

The first ever UCLan Colour Fun run saw participants from young children to students, staff and members of the public run 5km at UCLan Sports Arena while being showered with brightly coloured powder along the route.

The Colorfun run at Uclan Sports Arena

The Colorfun run at Uclan Sports Arena

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

The arena teamed up with cancer charity Marie Curie for the event, with people paying to enter and some raising money for charity through sponsorship.

One pair of friends, Emily Whalley and Ruth Ianson, from Penwortham, raised nearly £500 for The Children’s Society after finishing in less than 30 minutes.

Emily said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. It was great and has certainly inspired me to carry on.

“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: “It was a great success and we are delighted that Helen Clitheroe 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.”