October 21st, 2016

Rainbow runners set to take over War Memorial Park

Updated: 4:59 pm, Jun 15, 2015

WAR MEMORIAL Park will be awash with colour this weekend, as runners take to the starting line to raise money for a bereavement charity.

Coventrians of all ages and abilities are being encouraged don their running shoes and tackle either the 2.5k or 5k Colour Blast Dash courses in aid of local charity, COPE The Laura Centre.

Starting the race wearing white, as runners progress round the course they are ‘blasted’ with coloured powder and foam – crossing the finish line wearing all the colours of the rainbow.

Midlands based charity, COPE The Laura Centre, provides free counselling and support to over 800 individuals a year – including children who have lost a parent, and parents who have lost a child.

But, now in its 22nd year, the charity is struggling to find sufficient funds to continue to keep its services running.

Speaking about the importance of the Colour Blast Dash events, Tina Williams, CEO of the charity said: “We have to raise a lot of money each year in order to maintain our free services.

“Demands on grants are greatly increasing so we decided to take action.

“We are asking people to help us raise funds for The Laura Centre and in return we hope to give some happiness back through these fun-filled colourful family events.

“We have run The Colour Blast Dash for the last couple of years and everyone had so much fun that we are holding more of them this year across the region.

“They really are great events for everyone to get involved in and have lots of fun, whilst helping us to fund raise for The Laura Centre.”

Sign-ups for the city’s Colour Blast Dash on Sunday, June 21 are still open – with tickets available online at www.colourblastdash.org

The 2.5k ‘Rainbow Rascal’s Race’, for young runners aged 3 and over, will start at 10am, while all participants over the age of 10 will line up at the starting line at 11am for the 5k Colour Blast.