Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth was glowing at the end of September as hundreds of runners took part in the first Dorset Neon Run, in aid of Diverse Abilities – the local charity that supports children and adults living with disabilities in Dorset.
Event participants glowed with pride and lit up the park as they ran the 5k course donning their neon paint, tutus, glow sticks and bracelets.
Local radio station Wessex FM supported the event and provided sizzling sounds throughout the night and local Clubbercise instructor Leah, got everyone in the party mood by hyping up the crowds with a fun-filled warm up before they set off for the run.
Congratulations go to first place winner Anya Paddock with a fantastic time of 22 minutes, 22 seconds, closely followed by Bradley Mallet in second place and David Rosser from Medisave UK in third.
Ashley Weedon, fundraising manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “We were thrilled with the turnout at our first Dorset Neon Run in Weymouth. Everyone looked amazing in their neon bling and had a great time while raising funds for Diverse Abilities. A big thank you goes to everyone that took part and helped us deliver such a great event.”
The next Dorset Neon Run will take place in Poole Park on Saturday 21 April and is open to anyone over the age of 12.
To take part in the next Dorset Neon Run or even volunteer at the event, please visit www.dorsetneonrun.com for more information.
To find out more about Diverse Abilities please visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk or call 01202 718266.
Diverse Abilities is the only charity that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, and their families, in Dorset.
The charity was founded in 1955 by Mrs Phyllis Edwards who formed a group of parents, intent on providing better opportunities for their children with physical and learning disabilities. The charity has now grown to support over 700 children and adults in the county.
The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for children from birth to 19, adults with disabilities, and their families through its Children’s Team, Adult Services, Langside School and an Advice Team.
Diverse Abilities is a lifeline to many families in Dorset and aims to give those supported a fantastic life and encouraging future. By providing round the clock care and support, the charity gives a little bit of sunshine to the people it supports, making sure they have everything they need to have an enjoyable and fulfilling life. The services are full of fun, laughter and joy and service staff work extremely hard to support the people’s needs and ensure every day is fun, rewarding and challenging.