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REGISTRATION is now open for Durham City’s most dazzling charity run of the year.

Colourama will return to Aykley Heads on Saturday, June 4, and our popular 5k colour run looks set to be even brighter, even bolder and a whole lot messier.

This time, runners will not only get showered in non-toxic, washable powder paint but they will get to take on a variety of obstacles, including cargo nets, hay bales, tunnels and a waterslide.

The inaugural event raised more than £70,000 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice last year and it is hoped even more people will join in the fun and get sponsored this year.

Christine Tait, from Chester-le-Street, enjoyed every minute of Colourama last year and cannot wait to do it all again with her daughter, Anna, and colleagues from New College Durham.Christine TaitChristine and Julia

The team are dedicating the run to Mrs Tait’s sister, Julia Grant, who passed away at the Durham City Hospice in September 2014.

Mrs Grant, 52, had been diagnosed with lung cancer just a few months earlier and her family credits Hospice staff with helping them through this devastating time.

“The nurses and everyone at the Hospice were amazing,” she said. “They would do anything for Julia and for us, nothing was ever a problem.”

Sheela Joy, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, said: “We were delighted with the feedback we received last year and are pulling out all the stops to make Colourama 2016 even better.

“We describe Colourama as a run but really it is a fun family day out. People can take it at their own pace, whether that be walking, jogging, sprinting or even skipping.

“Last year, many of our runners took part in memory of a lost loved one and saw Colourama as a way of celebrating their lives.”

Registration is now open, with an early bird rate of £20 for adults and £15 for children aged 15 and under available until Friday, April 29.

Children aged five and under can take part for free.

To register for Colourama, sponsored by Swinburne Maddison Solicitors and Safe Families for Children, click here or contact the Development Team on 0191 368 1170 extension 5.



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