Best feet forward for ‘inspiring’ Colour Dash

A colourful bunch were Leesa Sharpe and friends
A colourful bunch were Leesa Sharpe and friends

Determined Epworth runners made their own big splash of colour at a first fundraising event for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice at the weekend.

Among the many who joined up to 2,000 women and children from all over South Yorkshire for the 5k Colour Dash on Saturday at Rother Valley Country Park, were Epworth women Maxine Strong with daughter Olivia, and Sarah Bradford.

Mrs Strong wore a tribute on her back to her son Alexander, who died in January last year of cancer. Cancer survivor Sarah Bradford did the run with her friend Annie Worthington, and the pair raised £485 between them.

A jubilant Sarah posted her thanks to all who sponsored her on Facebook, and added: “Whoop whoop...not bad for two crazy chicks!”

The event was emotional for the Strong family, but Maxine told how she was lifted by a little girl who spotted the photo of Lex that she wore, and explained how she had raised £200 for him and for Bluebell Wood.

Epworth businesswoman Leesa Sharpe was a helper at the Dash, and she too was showered in paint to become a ‘Smurf’ lookalike.

Leesa added: “Everyone was excited, and by the time exercises were done, were ready to go. The whole experience was amazing.”

Helen Mower of Bluebell Wood said: “Thank you to everyone for creating a fantastic atmosphere. It was an inspiring event.”

Live bands, entertainment, food and drink all helped to make the day memorable and next year’s Colour Dash is already in the planning. Visit to register interest for 2015.