‘Awesome’ sea of colour on Burnham-on-Sea beach at RNLI’s successful rainbow race

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 June 2017

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

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Burnham’s beach was transformed at the weekend, when close to 300 people took to the sands for the RNLI’s annual colour run – and this time it was bigger and better than ever before.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

The rainbow race took place on Sunday and the weather managed to stay dry, despite the gloomy forecast of heavy downpours, as the event raised crucial funds for the town’s lifeboat station, in Pier Street.

People ran from the town’s jetty across the beach and while they were taking part, were covered from head to toe in multi-coloured paint.

People of all ages were able to take part in what is one of the most thrilling running events in the town.

RNLI volunteers and helpers were on hand to douse participants in a sea of colours and there was even a highly-energetic warm up which was led by one of the town’s top fitness gurus.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Victoria Taylor, who is part of Burnham Bootcamp, got all the keen runners fired-up and ready to go and directed them to the start line, which was marked with a huge inflatable archway.

The event’s main organiser, Lesley Hart, said: “Burnham – you were awesome.

“Thank you so much for all your support through entries and sponsorship. It’s been a great day and the weather even managed to hold out.

“Thanks must also go to Burnham Bootcamp for a cracking warm up.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

“We don’t have a final fundraising figure yet but will update you as soon as we do.

“Again, I just want to say thank you. We rely on the support of the public to run the lifeboat station here and today’s proceeds will help keep this station open.”

The total amount raised may not yet be confirmed, but with 275 participants, it is sure to be one of the most successful years yet.

Burnham’s RNLI crew consists of around 30 trained members, but relies on voluntary contributions in order for it to keep on providing the service.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Phil Counsell (launch authority) with Salty Sam.Phil Counsell (launch authority) with Salty Sam.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.

Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.Rainbow Race in aid of RNLI.


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