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Monday 22 July 2019

Courtown set for annual Colour Run

Orla Mellon with her children, Eva, Ryan and Leah at last year’s colour run in Courtown
Orla Mellon with her children, Eva, Ryan and Leah at last year’s colour run in Courtown

Cathy Lee

An ever popular event, the annual Courtown Colour Run takes place on Saturday, July 13, starting at 12 noon with painting stations opening from 11 a.m.

'With no winners or losers as official times aren't kept, the Colour Run caters to everyone. Whether you're a first time runner, or an athlete, there's something for everyone. Last year we even had kids in buggies and some dogs taking part,' said an organiser of the fun run, Lorna Stephens.

Last year over 1,000 people took part painted in every colour of the rainbow and as it was happening during the heat wave conditions of last summer, all participants took a dip in the sea to wash off the residue of the colour paint afterwards.

'The weather really made it special last year for our first year but there will be a colourful atmosphere this year and everyone is already very excited to come to Courtown. It's the perfect opportunity for anyone from Wexford or the surrounding counties to come along to enjoy the beautiful coastline and crisp sea air,' said Lorna.

Although there are early-bird rates online, Lorna explained that the team are also expecting a large number of people to appear on the day to take part and all will be welcomed.

'We will have a live DJ and a foam machine, which was hugely popular with the younger children last year. This year it's going to be bigger and better again and there will definitely be a party atmosphere,' she said.

The route options of three kilometres or six kilometres will take the participants from the car park down along the Burrow Road and up to the pier and back, all finishing off at Courtown beach.

'Our health is so important to us and the aim of this event is to get outside in the fresh summer air and have some healthy fun and exercise, showing the children how to come away from the laptops, phones and tablets. We hope to see so many children out all having fun, doing something that's good for their health and wellbeing,' said Lorna.

Lorna Stephens is the treasurer of Gorey Hockey Club, and she explained that all funds raised will go to the club in its efforts to secure and build its own astro turf pitch in Gorey.

'We are hoping to raise much needed funds to build our own pitch, because at the moment we are one of the few sports clubs in Gorey without our own home ground. We need all the funding we can get and we are appreciative to all the people who have supported us so far, particularly the sponsors of the event. Our membership is growing and a proper astro turf surface to play on is now very important to the players,' she said.

To register for this non competitive event, visit popupraces.ie/courtowncolourrun2019.

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