More than 1,000 people braved the rain and the mud to take part in Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice first ever Colour Run in Farnley Tyas.

Lucy Burnett, events manager at the hospice said it was anticipated that an incredible £30,000 would be raised from the 3km run.

With just 6% of funding coming from Government the charity constantly needs to raise funds and needs over a colossal £3.8m every year to ensure children and families get the support they need.

Runners battle through the paint checkpoints.
Runners battle through the paint checkpoints.

The weather was not kind but it failed to dampen the spirits of those taking part who took the bursts of heavy rain in their stride.

Those taking part were gently peppered with powdered paint of all colours of the rainbow.

One of those taking part in the run was John Sykes, director of Farnley Estates.

Afterwards, he said: “We have never had this many people on the estate before.

“They have been running across parts of the estate which have not been tramped over since the 19th century.“Hopefully this event will be the first of many and will become something that happens annually.

“It’s been a wonderful day, a lot of money has been raised and I’m delighted to have been part of it.”

Runners in the Forget Me Not Colour Run.
Runners in the Forget Me Not Colour Run.

Lucy said: “The Colour Run was a fantastic event for the whole family to get involved in and we have had everyone from dads running round with their babes in arms to someone who was 72-years-old.

“It’s an event which appears to have captured people’s imagination.

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“We have had participants from as far away as Kent but the vast majority coming from Huddersfield, Calderdale, Wakefield and Bradford.

“To raise £30,000 is a dream come true. It’s way beyond our expectations for what is a first time event."

Runners paid £15 per adult and £7.50 per child with family tickets priced at £40 for two adults and two children.

The event was sponsored by My Container.