It’s messy and it’s back.

Billed as the ‘happiest 5k on the planet’ the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s Colour Fun Run is again taking place on Sunday July 3.

The un-timed, non-competitive and carefree event includes a great deal of laughter, plenty of music and lots and lots of colour as participants are pelted with a riot of rainbow coloured paint along the route from Willaston’s historic Hadlow Road station to Neston Cricket club near the borough’s coastline in Parkgate.

This is the third year the charity has organised the fun run, now officially sponsored by leading Capenhurst based manufacturer Urenco.

The popular event attracts families, corporates, race enthusiasts and individuals who just want to add some colour to their weekend.

The hospice cheerfully says people should be in ‘a reasonable state of health’ as they take on being doused from head to toe with organic coloured paint by volunteers and on-lookers at regular intervals along the route.

The powder, which is non-toxic and non-irritating, adheres to clothing and exposed skin creating the perfect tie-dye look.

It is tested to the highest standards ‘and manufactured specifically for throwing at people’ the hospice points out.

Last year hundreds of people of all ages took part to raise funds for the hospice.

Participants in the Colour Fun Run for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd 2015
Participants in the Colour Fun Run for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd 2015

Before the coloured powder was released, Gemma Jones, from Willaston Physio and Sports Rehab, helped runners warm up before everyone began their colourful journey.

Hospice chief executive Steve Hoy said it was ‘fantastic to see so many people coming out and supporting the hospice in this way’.

He added: “We really couldn’t do it without the generous support from the local community and our sponsors.”

The runners finished the race in style to the applause of a crowd and the chants of the Neston Falcon Cheerleaders who also performed at a family fun day where runners relaxed after the event.

Urenco, which operates all over the world, has agreed to support the hospice in a number of their fundraising events over the next few months.

In addition to a financial contribution the company will be entering some of their employees in the fun run.

Abi Smith, corporate fundraising manger at the hospice, said: “We’re delighted to be working with a company such as Urenco who have a great reputation for supporting local community events and I look forward to working with them now and in the future.”

Flintshire based Jackson Fire & Security is also involved, sponsoring the free T shirts issued to participants who book and take part.

Steve Jackson, managing director, said: “The hospice provides an exceptional local service for people at a time when they need it most.

“As a business we are committed to giving something back to the local community and the hospice is a really worthy cause.”

Those entering during April benefit from an early bird offer reducing individual entry fees to £15.00 with groups of four paying just £50.00.

The fee then rises to £17.50 for individuals.

To book go on line at or call 01244 851811.

Free parking is available for all participants at the start on New Hey Lane off Hadlow Road. For a small donation a bus service will run people back from the finish line.