Barry Beach Rainbow Run

Last month I joined 108 brave runners as we took our positions at the start line of the Lloyds Bank Rainbow Run to raise funds for BBC Children in Need.

The event on Saturday 15 October, organised by a team from Lloyds Banking Group in Cardiff, will help the Group deliver the commitment it made within its Helping Britain Prosper Plan to raise £4m this year for its charity of the year, and included both a 3km and a 5km option on Barry Island beach.

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Everyone was pumped up by the warm-up routine, expertly led by a local entrepreneurs Jordan and Craig from RikaSystemz Limited. Then it was time to start the race…and if it’s not already hard enough to run on soft sand, we had to contend with tiny armies of volunteers with coloured powder paint every 200 yards. By the end of the first circuit our white tshirts were well and truly rainbow coloured.

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When I spoke to the organising team they said that the months of calls, planning and stress was so worth it seeing everyone smile and enjoy the day. Well from the participants perspective it all looked effortless…so well organised.

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And I’m sure you will agree that they achieved everything they set out to do, raised money, threw a run and covered everyone in paint!… a really enjoyable family day

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“The 10 hour round trip was definitely worth it !! A fantastic event that was excellently organized and the venue was perfect, I hope another event is planned for next year”
Nikki Ebeling, Hove

Thanks to the participants and the generous donors. In total the event raised over £1,000 with more donations still rolling in. If you would like to make a donation, visit 

And thanks too for the organisers…we all had a great time and I was sneezing rainbows all week!

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