Hundreds of fundraising superheroes join Colchester’s Comic Hero Run

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of fundraising superheroes donned a cape and mask and descended on Colchester’s Castle Park for the Comic Hero Run today.

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The event, set up to raise money for St Helena Hospice, saw around 240 runners take part, all dressed as their favourite superhero.

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The event had previously been put back due to the villainous mini Beast from the East, but that didn’t put off huge crowds coming out to support the event.

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Despite a dreary start to the day, the heroic runners took it in their stride - taking on 1km, 5km and 10km races starting in Colchester’s Upper Castle Park.

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Indi Allen, events and challenges manager at St Helena’s Hospice said: “After having to postpone the event due to the mini beast from the east, it was incredible to see so many big and little heros taking part.

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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“The atmosphere was amazing and it was fantastic to see so many families getting together for the 1k.”

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Sally Thompson, who participated in the race, said: “I took part in the 5km race with my family and although it was a challenge, in part due to undersized tights, it was great fun.

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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“The kids found it easy so we were just trying to keep up with them.

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

“It was a brilliant way to bring the family together.”

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St He

Michael Greenfield, Lauren Hart, Faye Mansfield and Cameron Mitchell at the Comic Hero Run for St Helena Hospice in Colchester's Castle Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

See here for more St Helena Hospice fundraising events.

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