FROM a giant inflatable slide to a foam cannon start and finish, the first-ever charity run for Naomi House took place in Portsmouth.
Hundreds of people packed Castle Field where the Foam Fest started, before moving on to Southsea Common.
There the challenge was set – four inflatable obstacles that people had to dodge, duck, dive and slide through, before carrying on with the 5k course.
Jo Trotter, 39, from Winchester, took part in the event.
She said: ‘I live close to Naomi House and know a few people who volunteer there.
‘It was a lot of fun and the great thing about it was I was running on my own, but a group stayed behind and helped me up one of the obstacles.
‘It was a brilliant event. With even more foam I think there will be even more people at the next one.’
There was a Zumba dance warm-up to get the crowds fired up and in the mood for the event.
Katy Popplewell, 31, from London, said: ‘It was a great route and the obstacles were fun,
‘There was a very friendly atmosphere as a I ran around and everyone was enthusiastic and happy about what they were doing.’
Money raised will go towards keeping Naomi House children’s hospice running.
Nicole Denison, events fundraiser for Naomi House and Jacksplace, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the success of our first Foam Fest and are so grateful to everybody who took part.
‘This was our fastest-selling event of all time and has already raised close to £10,000.
‘The money will go towards the care and support we offer families at our hospices.
‘This is almost enough income to fund a full day of specialist nursing care at our charity.
‘We hope Foam Fest will be coming back to Portsmouth soon so even more people can enjoy this fun and frothy fundraiser.’
It costs £7m a year to run the hospice in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester.
It is also raising more than £4m for its Caterpillar Appeal, which will be used to update the site and buildings.
To find out more, visit caterpillarappeal.org.uk