Over 2,000 runners, including the sisters of Doncaster pop sensation Louis Tomlinson, have taken part in a colourful charity run for Bluebell Wood today.
Louis’ four sisters Lottie aged 15, Felicity 13, Daisy 10, and Phoebe Tomlinson, 10, took part in the children’s hopsice 5K Colour Dash run.
Lottie Tomlinson said of the run: “I’m really excited to get involved with the Colour Dash and support Bluebell Wood. I first heard about the hospice when Louis became a patron of the charity, it’s a fantastic organisation.”
Colour Dash runs are hugely popular in America, but this was the first event of its kind in South Yorkshire, and saw participants covered in a different colour of paint at each kilometre of the 5k course.
Each person ended the event with pink, green, yellow, red and blue paint on their faces and clothes.
Helen Mower, head of fundraising at Bluebell Wood, said: “Thank you to everyone for creating a fantastic atmosphere and for making this such a colourful and fun event. We’re very grateful for all the support we’ve received, it’s been amazing.
“It was an inspiring event and truly wonderful to see so many people getting messy and having a good time while raising sponsorship for Bluebell Wood.”
The fun filled day attracted groups of families and friends who relished the chance to get covered in paint, and also had the chance to dress up in eye-catching event merchandise, including tutus and sun visors.
Live bands, entertainment, delicious food and drink were enjoyed by runners and spectators alike.
Sally Baker, from Kiveton Park, Sheffield, was given the honour of wearing the number one, by hospice patron and One Direction pop star, Louis Tomlinson. He had to turn down the opportunity to wear the race number, as he’s on a world tour, so couldn’t attend, but wanted a member of Sally’s family to have it after hearing about her grandson’s miraculous survival story.