Join first Colour Splash at stately home

Photos: (l-r) Colour Splash organiser Ian Paramore, champion runner Gemma Steel and Stewart Collier of sponsor Mark J Rees at Prestwold Hall

Runners young and old – and those new to the sport – are invited to take part in the first ever Colour Splash in the beautiful grounds of Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire.

The Colour Splash 5K fun run/walk is at 7pm on Wednesday 12 July 2017. Organised by the Barrow Runners club, the event is raising money for the Barrow & Wolds Church Group’s work with children and families.

The entry price of £15 for adults (aged 15+) and £10 for children (5-14) includes an event t-shirt, run number and pack of paint – 500 runners will throw their packs of powdered paint up in the air at the start, after a countdown by Rosemary Conley.

Rosemary will lead a warm-up routine before the off-road run at the start/finish line in front of St Andrew’s Church in the grounds of Prestwold Hall. There is plenty of free parking on site. Prestwold Hall, whose grounds are not normally open to the public, has hosted cross-country runs but never a Colour Splash, which are normally based in cities and town centres.

Whitwick-based GB runner Gemma Steel, a European cross country champion, will also be at the start line. Gemma visited Prestwold to meet the organisers and said: “This will be a great event for people to try running. The Colour Splash will be good fun with a great atmosphere and exciting for everyone taking part.”

Colour Splash organiser Ian Paramore said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in one of the most exciting running events around – a multi-coloured, paint splashed celebration – all against the wonderful backdrop of Prestwold Hall.

“To be helping countless local families at the same time makes it all the more rewarding. We hope experienced runners and novices alike will sign up, join in and have a great time.”

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Edward Packe-Drury-Lowe, whose family has lived at Prestwold Hall for 350 years, is hosting the Colour Splash. He said: “We are delighted to be supporting this new event held in support of the Children and Families work here at St Andrews Church Prestwold, part of the Wolds Church Group.

“We hope the participants enjoy their experience running in the parkland setting of Prestwold Hall. I am a regular runner myself and will be joining in the fun.”

The event is being sponsored by Leicester chartered accountants Mark J Rees. Stewart Collier, partner, said: “We are pleased to support a fun event in a unique setting which appeals to all ages and abilities whilst benefitting local children.”

St Andrew’s is one of four churches in the Barrow & Wolds Group, alongside St Mary’s in Wymeswold, Holy Trinity in Barrow upon Soar and St Mary’s in Walton. Funds raised will support their work with families and children, including Messy Church, the toddlers’ group Little Angels and youth clubs.

Alison White, Children and Families Lay Minister for Barrow and Wolds Group of Churches, said: “It will be great to get local people and families involved with this new event which really does bring a fun element to supporting our work with the Children’s Groups and we are very grateful to those involved with the organisation and support in launching this event.”