Runners showered in colour in Portsmouth run

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CHARITY runners got colourful as they were showered in powder paint at the first Portsmouth colour run.

The Colour Me Happy Run at Lakeside in North Harbour was the first of its kind in the Solent region.

The first Portsmouth Colour Me Happy Run. Hosted at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141931-516)

The first Portsmouth Colour Me Happy Run. Hosted at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141931-516)

Around 620 people pre-registered to take part on Sunday, with more than 100 more registering in the day.

As runners passed each kilometre marker, they were showered in a different colour powder paint by volunteers around the course.

Clare Acklam, managing director of LinkedUp Fundraising in Old Portsmouth, which organised the event, said: ‘It has been a huge success.

‘It is the first colour run to come to Portsmouth. We have had lots of families and some children with disabilities starting off.

‘It has been really great. Everybody has got behind the community spirit of it and raised money for their own charities and done it for fun.

‘So far, everybody has had a great time and been covering themselves with paint.

‘I hope we will put it on again next year.’

Mum Cherry Beckett and her eight-year-old daughter, Ayrlia Purins ran the 3km race together for fun.

Cherry said her family is visiting Hayling Island as that is where her mum lives.

Ayrlia said of the race: ‘It was awesome. You can get really fit from running if you keep doing it. It was fun having the colour thrown at us. That was the best bit.

‘I am glad I can look like a rainbow now.’

Rachel Evans from Lee-on-the-Solent also took part in the 6km to raise money for Harvey Telford, who has cerebral palsy and is in need of an operation.

‘It was different,’ she said.

‘It was quite fun and I will definitely be doing it again.’

Karen Tyrrell, general manager at Lakeside, helped organise the event.

Showered in paint despite not taking part in the run herself, she said: ‘It has gone really, really well.

‘Everyone has had an absolutely huge amount of fun. There has been loads of screaming as they ran through getting covered in paint. It has been a really good opportunity for individuals and small groups to raise money for their chosen charities.’