Penshurst’s Run or Dye starts to glow after raising £100,000

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Run or Dye Glow will be held on laser-lit trails across the estate this Saturday evening [October 19] from 7.30pm, with the option of two distances – 3.5km and 5km.

The event has been held in the summer for the last five years, raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

This year, in June, the fundraising reached a grand total of £100,000 – which goes towards pioneering research, specialist equipment and family support.

Organiser Andrea Avena said: “Night running is one of the biggest trends this year – there are plenty of running groups who do it using different head torches. So we decided to merge that with our own event.”

And she added: “There are a few ‘glow’ events going on already, in Brighton and West London, for example.”

More than 20,000 people have taken part in the summer event, which also includes a 1km race for children.

The Glow run is open to children over the age of seven if they are accompanied by an adult.

“It’s really taken off because of the success of trail running and parkrun,” said Andrea.

“Lots of people have taken up running – and we are very much about families getting fit together.”

They chose the Great Ormond Street Charity as the beneficiary because ‘it’s fantastic, it does incredible work, and it’s a stand-out children’s hospital around the world.

“We’re a very family-focused organisation.”

Run or Dye Glow features nine different foam, glow and colour zones on the route, including Time Tunnel, Equalizer and Disco. Runners can expect to be covered in ultra-violet paint.

There will be a DJ leading a disco warm-up at 8pm and an after-party in the festival village.

Fellow organiser Brian Adcock said: “We’re proud that for five years Run or Dye has helped people kick-start their fitness journey.

“With our brand new event, we will continue to champion getting fit with your friends in the most fun and colourful way possible.”

Participants receive a T-shirt, headband and dye package. There are still free fundraiser places available for those who pledge to raise £100 for the charity. Visit

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