Run makes Cleve colourful

The township of Cleve was buzzing on Saturday afternoon with 550 people taking part in the first Cleve Sporting Bodies’ 5-kilometre Colour Run.

People and even a few dogs came from as far as Port Lincoln, Minnipa and Cowell to run, walk and ride their bikes for 5 kilometres around the town.

The attendees made their way through five different coloured stations before a big colourful finale at the completion of the event at the oval, followed by a barbecue and music.

The event raised at least $10,000, with final amounts still being counted, for the Cleve Sporting Bodies’ development of new clubrooms.

Event organiser Meisha Quinn said she was blown away by the number of registrations the event received.

“It was well above our expectations, we never thought we would get this many people come along,” Mrs Quinn said.

Despite registrations having closed in early October, people were still registering on the day to take part.

Mrs Quinn said the organisers were overwhelmed by the response.

“It was great to see all of the happy, smiling faces on people of all ages throughout the day,” she said.

“We had kids asking if and when we were going to do another Colour Run and older women telling me they could go for another kilometre.”

Cleve Sporting Bodies is now looking at making the Colour Run a regular event in Cleve.

“We are thinking about making the Colour Run a bi-annual event,” Mrs Quinn said.

“It can only get bigger and better from here.

“Keep an eye out on the Cleve Sporting Bodies’ Facebook in 2019.

“Hopefully, we’ll be in the new clubrooms for the next one.”

Mrs Quinn said she would like to thank everyone who helped out with the event.

“I can’t thank the volunteers and committee members enough for all their help with the planning and setting up for the event,” she said.

“I had to call on some others to help on the day, who were a really big help.

“I really want to say a big thank you to my husband for all his help.”

Cleve Sporting Bodies are also planning a dinner auction fundraiser, where attendees bid on their main meals for the night, in March next year.