More than 50 runners to tackle rainbow run for children's charity

PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 May 2019

Some of Team Bull Fitness. Picture: Tom Bullimore.

Some of Team Bull Fitness. Picture: Tom Bullimore.

Tom Bullimore

Runners as young as five and as old as 71 will run through a rainbow of colour to raise money for a children's charity.

Tom Bullimore and his running club of more than 50 members will take part in Children's Hospice South West's (CHSW) rainbow run in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds to support youngsters battling life-limiting diseases.

Tom started the club through his business Bull Fitness in Clevedon as a way to encourage more people into running.

He said: "It is all about getting people up and running to 5km. What started out as a small group has grown and we have now got 52 of our runners signed up of all ages and abilities."

Participants can run, jog or walk through colourful explosions of paint for the hospice, in Wraxall.

It will be held on June 8 at the village's North Somerset Showground.

The idea was the brainchild of fellow runner Rhian McIntosh who worked with Tom to get the team onboard.

Tom said: "We have some quite serious runners in our group who will just be joining us on the day but we have some who, for them, this is their first ever race.

"We have been training weekly for the 5km and we know we can do it. Now we just need to make sure we do it together, as a team.

"It is going to be quite an achievement and we want to have a really good team from Clevedon raising money and awareness for the hospice.

"We don't have a time we want to hit, we just want to make it to the finish line."

The 31-year-old personal trainer set up Bull Fitness six years ago before recently creating the group.

The club runs every Monday starting from St Andrew's Church, in Old Church Road, at the moment.

Tom said: "I wanted to start up the club to prove to people as long as we start with walking, anyone can cover 5km.

"You can be any age and any ability to start running. The club has created a bit of a buzz as we think we could be the biggest group to enter this year's race.

"I couldn't have done this without the help of Rhian or Lewis Johns who has supported us with publicity."

To sponsor the team, visit their JustGiving page. Alternatively, enter the race yourself at Children's Hospice South West.

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