FANCY dress was the theme as hundreds of students took part in Blackpool and The Fylde College’s first ever College Charity Fun Run.
Around 250 young people gathered at Stanley Park to run, jog or walk the 5k course to raise money for Brian House Children’s Hospice.
A further 100 students also leant a hand organising the event as they acted as marshals, handed out water and wristbands, lead a warm-up and offered sports therapy massage.
And the event was a huge success, according to Kev Thomas, enrichment coordinator at the college.
He said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of students who volunteered to take part and grateful to all the staff who helped put the event on.
“Hopefully it will become an annual event in the college calendar.
“Next year we hope to involve even more of our students’ talents, like catering and face painting. We want to make it bigger and better in the future.”
It was the first time the college has ever held such a large cross campus event at an external site.
Overall race winner was student Tom Burnett, who completed the course in an impressive 18 minutes and 36 seconds.
He said: “I really enjoyed the day and expected to win as I have been training hard for the entry requirements for the RAF.
“I hope the college continues to put on events like this more often, and I hope we raised a lot of money for Brian House”
Lisa Martin, community fund-raiser at the Bispham children’s hospice said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you for everything Blackpool and The Fylde College has done for us.
“Our relationship with them has gone from strength to strength and the fun run was a great success.
“The college raised an amazing £852.18 which is very much appreciated.
“We need to raise moer than £1.5 million pounds this year and we are very grateful for all support received.”
The college academic area with the highest percentage of students taking part was offered a trip to Alton Towers as an added incentive.
The School of Engineering and Computing had the highest number of runners and the School of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality provided the most volunteers.