RUNNERS, walkers and joggers had a blast at the weekend.
Just under 500 people took part in the 5K Colour Blast event at Meon Vale Leisure Centre in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice on Sunday (September 25).
Wearing white clothes, participants were blasted with powdered paint at a number of colour stations around the course.
Phil Jones decided to run in memory of his wife Emma and was joined by around 30 friends and their children – many of whom attend The Croft School.
It would have been Emma’s birthday on the day so they wanted to mark the occasion as well as thanking staff at the Shottery-based hospice by taking part.
Phil said: “We can’t speak highly enough for the care that Emma received during her last few weeks. There was always a nurses there day and night whenever Emma needed them.
“The support we received as a family, not only during her illness but since, has been brilliant. It’s such a great cause and Emma would be proud of everybody turning out for the Colour Blast!”
After the race friends and family cut a birthday cake for Emma and had a glass of fizz to toast her with Phil adding: “It was a lovely way to celebrate Emma’s birthday.”
Event organisers want to thank everyone who took part in this year’s event, which raised almost £9,000.
The Shakespeare Hospice relies almost entirely on donations and the proceeds will go towards the services it provides to the local community.