The Bay exploded with colour and live music for Devon’s first ever Colour Rush.
The event, for Rowcroft Hospice took place on Saturday, September 7, when over 450 runners made their way along Paignton Beach, via Roundham Head on to Goodrington Beach and back again, passing through five paint stations.
At each station they were showered with bright powder paint thrown by a team of volunteers. Starting the race in pristine white gear, they ended the race awash with colour and beaming with smiles.
Catherine North who took part said: “Just wanted to say thanks for yesterday, I had such a good time! Definitely needs to become a yearly event; everyone loved it.”
Ric Yerbury, Rowcroft event manager said: ”Eveveryone loved it whether they ran, jogged or walked the route. The atmosphere at the end was amazing and to see all of our runners and volunteers plastered in paint was quite a sight.”
Some of the participants had really entered into the spirit of the day and came in fancy dress. Costumes included brightly coloured tutus, whacky sunglasses and one team even came dressed as white swans. Participants had travelled from far and wide to be part of the inaugural event.
Carl Brittain said: “Fantastic event. Totally worth the 400 mile round trip! I’m still trying to get paint out of my ears…”
The run ended with an after party on Paignton Green which featured live music with bands and acoustic acts performing across two stages.
Party-goers were treated to some rising national acts, the likes of who are not often seen in the Bay, including headliners, We Are The Ocean. The event was also supported by some of South Devon’s best home grown talent including Moriaty, Someday-I and The Quincies.
Jordan West from Moriaty who played on the main stage said: “We had a wicked time at the Colour Rush. Loads of our friends and fans took part, enjoyed some great bands and had a good craic. We were all well looked after and it was a real pleasure to work with Rowcroft Hospice and so many great people.”
The event is the first of its kind for the local area and Rowcroft Hospice plan that it will become one of South Devon’s most anticipated annual events.
Giles Charnaud chief executive of Rowcroft Hospice said: “Changing the perception of what hospices are about is a serious challenge, particularly with younger generations. We shall do this by demonstrating that Rowcroft is a place of colour and light, where life is celebrated and communities are drawn together. We want to herald South Devon as vibrant and Rowcroft, as a nationally recognised exemplar hospice. But we need to get through the perceptions that the work of the hospice is dark, and only affects more senior generations.”
Ric Yerbury said: “We want to build an event that will appeal to a younger, wider audience We recognise that establishing such an event will take time but firmly believe that the investment of getting younger people involved with Rowcroft will help secure the future of South Devon’s hospice. The passion and commitment we are already seeing from supporters of the event is fantastic and over £10k has been raised to date.”
The inaugural event was a big undertaking for local hospice, Rowcroft and was fully supported by a dedicated Health and Safety Committee.
Ric said: “There was a huge team of volunteers, including representatives from Torbay Council at Saturday’s event many of whom have been working behind the scenes with us for months. We are extremely grateful to each and every person who helped ensure this event was safe and successful. We have learnt a huge amount this year and hope to make next year’s event even better, so that even more young people become aware of the importance of taking care further.”
(from a press release)