Thousands of runners geared up for a bright and colourful day splattering each other with paint - followed by a bubble overflow.

More than 2,000 runners turned up at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth this weekend to get messy and raise vital funds for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. provide care for patients and their carers.

The Colour Run saw participants head through a 4km course, including a set of crazy, inflatable obstacles to climb over and under while being splashed with coloured powder.and through as well as the chance to run through the colour stations

It was the charity’s fourth annual Colour Run which has expanded over the years.

Weldmar’s Bubble Run also returned following its success in 2017.

Alongside the runs, there was live music throughout both days as well as a variety of Dorset food and drinks on sale and fun events for kids.

One of those participants to the Colour Run was Lucy Gregory who took in part with her family and friends in memory of her nan, Rita Meaden, who passed away in November 2017 after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Rita spent her last days at the Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester with Lucy saying that they were greeted with such warmth, kindness, calmness and generosity by the nurses.

She added: “Learning to live life without my best friend is proving to be a huge challenge but one thing this experience has inspired me to do is fundraise for Weldmar.

“We are all hear today to not just have a good time and be covered in colour but to raise money.”

Last year, the event raised more than £95,000.

Clair Walker, Weldmar’s major events fundraiser, said: “It has been a fantastic atmosphere, we had music and local food traders to make a real family festival with a friendly atmosphere.”

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the calendar with over 2,000 people taking part, we are hoping to beat our total last year.

“The atmosphere and feedback from last year was just phenomenal and we are so pleased that these events are back.”