Colour run helps local charities

A runner heading through one of the paint stations at the Wigan and Leigh 5k Colour Run
A runner heading through one of the paint stations at the Wigan and Leigh 5k Colour Run

Runners got covered in colourful paint as one of the borough’s brightest fund-raising events returned bigger and better than ever.

Hordes of fund-raisers descended on Pennington Flash Country Park for the annual Wigan and Leigh 5k Colour Run.

Chloe Rimmer, Louise Rimmer, Gill Swift, Kellie Ishmael, Tanya Cilia, Catherine Lowe and Amy Pennington celebrate completing the run

Chloe Rimmer, Louise Rimmer, Gill Swift, Kellie Ishmael, Tanya Cilia, Catherine Lowe and Amy Pennington celebrate completing the run

The event has mushroomed in popularity this year with an incredible field of more than 1,600 runners taking on the 5k course.

Starting out in clean white T-shirts they gradually got covered in bright powder paint as they passed through various colour stations along the route.

The colour run was organised by the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, with funds being split with Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH).

Warriors rugby league players Liam Farrell and George Williams turned up to cheer on the runners while employees from companies sponsoring the event got the fun job of spraying the participants with paint as they passed through the stations.

The event has already raised around £3,000 each for the community foundation and the Hindley-based hospice and sponsorship money will continue to roll in over the coming weeks.

Wigan Warriors Community Foundation projects and fund-raising manager Mike Wearden said: “A couple of years ago we only had a few hundred runners but this year the number jumped up.

“I think the location helped and also colour runs in general are becoming more popular.

“Plans will shortly be under way to make next year’s event even more spectacular.”