Saffron Walden couple celebrate anniversary at Essex Colour Dash

Saffron Walden couple Greg and Lucy Glover. Picture: Roger Hunt

Saffron Walden couple Greg and Lucy Glover. Picture: Roger Hunt - Credit: Archant

A couple from Saffron Walden celebrated their first wedding anniversary by having paint thrown over them - in their wedding clothes.

Lucy and Greg Glover ran the 5K Essex Colour Dash for EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice) at Audley End in wedding outfits and trainers. They ran hand in hand and Lucy, 28, who works for the EACH fundraising team, was carried over the finish line by Greg, 31, manager at Carphone Warehouse in the town, who wore a suit and tie.

They were among over 500 people who took part in the inaugural event last Sunday, (September 6) which raised over £15,000.

Participants could run, stroll or skip around the course, and were showered with clouds of coloured powder along the way.

They were also invited to join “paint parties” at the end where they threw paint high in the air to create a rainbow cloud.

Lucy and Greg married last year at St Mary’s Church. Lucy said: “The reason I ran in the wedding dress was it was our first wedding anniversary. When I realised it coincided with the colour dash, we though it would be appropriate.

“I couldn’t bring myself to wear my actual wedding dress so I got one from one of our EACH charity shops. I had quite a few to choose from. The charity shops do stock a range of different items.”

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The completed the course in 30 minutes, in time for the first paint party where people could shower themselves with coloured paint, which started 45 minutes after the race had started.

Event organiser Madeline Heath, an EACH Cambridgeshire and Uttlesford fundraiser, said: “Our Essex Colour Dash was a fun-filled bright event for the whole family and we’re delighted with the success.

“The sun shone and everyone had a smile on their face - and we’re delighted with how much fun everybody had.

“We’d like to save a massive thank you to all the runners, spectators, volunteers, supporters, local businesses and staff who worked together to make this a hugely successful event.”