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8 Sep 2019 Community

Hundreds come together at the boldest 5k in Kirklees!

Hundreds of families from across West Yorkshire and beyond gathered at Oakwell Hall Country Park on Sunday to take part in Kirkwood’s Colour Rush and Family Fun Day. The community shone bright throughout the day and raised thousands of pounds for Kirkwood!

Families from every corner of Kirklees set their alarms early on Sunday morning and put on their Colour Rush T-shirts in preparation for the Kirkwood Hospice Colour Rush. By the end of the day they had transformed the scenic Oakwell Hall Country Park into a rainbow of colour!

Now in its fifth year, the Colour Rush, which is sponsored by Ridley and Hall Solicitors and Jay-Be, proved as popular as ever. Over 800 people took part in Kirkwood’s 5k with a difference, raising tens of thousands of pounds for the Hospice, which cares for anyone affected by any life limiting illness across Kirklees, every step if the way.

On a beautiful sunny September morning, participants came together to enjoy a day jam-packed full of family-friendly activities, and of course, cover themselves in paint.

Families and friends created a sea of colour in the country park, before they were showered with multi-coloured paint as they walked, skipped, danced or ran their way around the 5k course.

The crowd is showered with colour at the Paint Party!


Zoe Baxter from Mirfield took part with her 5-year-old daughter, Eva, and friend Charlotte Duffin, who also brought her daughters Alannah (8) and Madeline (6) along to join in the fun. It was their first time taking part.

“It’s nice that we’re fundraising for Kirkwood, it’s good to do something for a local charity. Kirkwood is a lovely place, I appreciate the good work Hospices and I have personal connections with them myself.”

Eva added: “We’re really looking forward to getting colourful!”

Zoe Baxter from Mirfield took part with daughter Eva, Alannah and Madeline.


Also taking part this year was Sandra McGrath from Dewsbury, who brought her granddaughter Eve Szwarc (13) along for the day. Sandra and Eve were taking part in memory of Sandra’s husband, who died on the 29th August 1993.

Sandra said: “My husband was diagnosed with cancer and a doctor came from Kirkwood to see him.

“I’m a member of the Kirkwood Lottery and I’ll always support Kirkwood. It’s a fun event and it’s our third time taking part.”

Eve added: “I’ve really been looking forward to taking part!”

Eve’s mum was still in college when her dad sadly died and it’s important to Sandra that his memory still lives on despite Eve never knowing her granddad.

Sandra and granddaughter Eve took part in memory of someone special.


Taking part in this year’s Colour Rush, Sema, Sema’s daughter Armelle, sister Saeeda and niece Maleehah, all from Bradford, were looking forward to covering themselves in colour at the event.

Sema said: “I always want to support local events to give something back. It a really fun event and there’s something for everyone.

“I’m taking part with my family this year and I’d like to keep coming to events for Kirkwood in the future.”

Ann Regan along with her family and friends, all from North Kirklees, were taking part in the Colour Rush for a very special reason.

“There are 22 of us taking part today in memory of my husband, Daniel. He died in April 2019 after being in the Hospice for a short time. Today would’ve been his 46th birthday.”

Ann’s family are all spending the day together, and will be holding a celebration after the Colour Rush to mark Daniel’s birthday.

Ann said: “Daniel had pancreatic cancer and died four and half months after his diagnosis. It’s nice to mark this special occasion and take part in the Colour Rush.

“Today could have been a really difficult day, but this is something to take our minds off it.”

Pulse Radio presenter Rosie Maddison had the 800 strong crowd jumping as the countdown to the 2019 Colour Rush began with Kirkwood’s famous paint party. Huge paint cannons then covered runners in a rainbow of colour as their poured over the start line to cheers from spectators in the park.

Along the vibrant 5k route four paint stations, manned by brightly coloured Kirkwood volunteers, made sure the fun runners were covered from head to toe in paint.

And the fun didn’t stop there! Kirkwood’s Family Fun Day provided entertainment well into the afternoon. Families enjoyed a variety of local food and drink stalls, live entertainment, performances and family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon.

Dancers from the Katie Philpott School of Dance entertain the crowd.


Kirkwood Event Organiser, Kathryn Box, was delighted to see the Kirklees come together to support this year’s Colour Rush.

She said: “It’s amazing to see so many families here enjoying a day of fun. It’s a great way for people to support Kirkwood and raise funds to help us care for local people when they need it most.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part and covered themselves in colour for Kirkwood. Your support will make a huge difference in local communities right across Kirklees.

Kirkwood would like to say a huge thank you to event sponsors, Ridley & Hall Solicitors and Jay-Be.

Thanks are also due to everyone who helped to make the day possible; Oakwell Hall Country Park, West Yorkshire 4x4 Volunteers, Shepley Spring, Asda, Myers Skip Hire, Ambition Academy, Katie Philpott School of Dance, Gareth Dakin Photography, Kirklees Council, Brecks Farm, Kirklees Active Leisure and all of Kirkwood’s Volunteers.


The winning tickets of the on the day raffle are: Yellow 236-240 (875D 1P77)

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket!

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