Challenge yourself in 2018

Charity runners are being urged to get on their marks for on the biggest events in Cumbria’s fundraising calendar.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the Carlisle Colour Run on Sunday 13 May to raise money for Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice and Eden Valley Hospice.

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More than 1,300 people took part in last year’s event raising almost £60,000 to help the care, support and activities provided to local children and young adults with life limiting illnesses.

Since launching in 2015 the three Carlisle Colour Runs, hosted at Carlisle Racecourse, have raised £190,948 in aid of Jigsaw and Eden Valley Hospice. The fun 5km event, which sees entrants bombarded with brightly coloured paint and foam at Carlisle Racecourse, is just one of several fundraising events hosted by Jigsaw over the next 12 months.

Also in May, the charity has secured 10 places in the Great Manchester Run as well as 25 charity places in the ever-popular Great North Run on Tyneside in September.

Sam Johnston, Community Fundraiser at Jigsaw, explained: “The Colour Run is a brilliant occasion which really pulls the community together to help raise money for the hospice. It is our signature event and the biggest of the year for us.”

She continued: “We already have some people signed up for the Great Manchester Run which is a good start. It is the first time we have had places in this event, so we are very pleased.
“We have 25 places for the Great North Run in Newcastle. To enter is £50 with the requirements to raise at least £300 for the hospice, however in previous years runners have gone above and beyond this target.”

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The local children’s hospice will also be hosting a Morecambe Bay Walk on Sunday 19 August. The picturesque walk will be led by the Queen’s Guide to the Sands Cedric Robinson.

2018 Events List
Sunday 13 May – Colour Run, Carlisle Racecourse
Sunday 20 May – Great Manchester Run
Sunday 19 August – Morecambe Bay Walk
Sunday 9 September – Great North Run
Plus many more events to be announced during the year.

To find out more contact the Fundraising Team on 01228 817656, email or visit


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