Colour Rush storms the gates at Ripley Castle

More than 1,000 people swarmed the gates at Ripley Castle, covered in coloured powder and having a grand old time.

The pictures show the scene in the castle grounds where groups of people took part in the new Saint Michael’s Hospice event called Colour Rush.

NADV 1406221AM12 St. Michael's Hospice Colour Rush. The Start of the Colour Rush. (1406221AM12)

NADV 1406221AM12 St. Michael's Hospice Colour Rush. The Start of the Colour Rush. (1406221AM12)

Raising money for the charity’s vital work supporting people living with terminal illness and bereavement, the five kilometre run was sold out well in advance and proved to be a fantastic colour sensation.

Saint Michael’s chief executive Tony Collins said the charity, based at Hornbeam Park, was overwhelmed by the enormous success of its first Colour Rush.

“We are thrilled that the event sold out in its first year with more than 1100 people taking part in this exciting colour experience,” he said.

“We would like to thank everyone who came along and painted the town in support of Saint Michael’s, as well as sponsors Engage Mutual Assurance, and the tremendous team of volunteers who made the day possible.”

A local band, known as the Dukes of Bevington, performed at the event and band members Scott Quinn, Christian Davies, and James Locke took part in the event itself and said it was a great day and that they had an amazing time.

The HACS Group - a member of Saint Michael’s prestigious Guild of Patrons - sported their own corporate orange colours at the event with matching orange tutus.

HACS team member Katie Hood said: “Saint Michael’s is such a good local cause and one that is close to the hearts of so many people.

“Everybody seems to know someone who has been helped through the work that they do and this event is certainly a great, family friendly way to have fun and show support for these services and the people using them.”

For everyone who enjoyed being doused in colour at every kilometre as they ran, walked, and even three-legged raced through the grounds of Ripley Castle can now look forward to next year’s Colour Rush.

Colour Rush 2015 will take place at Ripley Castle on Sunday June 21, promising new features that are yet to be revealed.

Mr Collins said: “The huge popularity of this year’s event meant it sold out in a matter of weeks and we know there are still many people who are keen to experience this amazing colour craze.

“We are therefore delighted to announce that our Colour Rush will be back in 2015 - bigger, brighter, and better. And what’s even more exciting is that you can sign up now to secure your place in next year’s event.”

To book your place on next year’s summer event, register now at

All proceeds will enable Saint Michael’s to continue its work in the community. Participants are therefore urged to send in their personal sponsorship as soon as possible so the hospice can gauge how much as been raised.

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