Sea of purple in Petworth for charity run

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PETWORTH Park turned a different colour when Heyshott-based charity Canine Partners held its first-ever Purple Run on Saturday.

The five-kilometre challenge attracted 36 runners who all dressed in purple – the charity’s colour.

The event raised more than £3,500 which will go to the charity’s work in providing trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

Runners included David Filmer, with his canine partner Zack, a team of care workers from The Greenbanks Homecare Haslemere Team and Canine Partners’ chief executive officer Andy Cook, plus brave participant Ronnie Paskouis.

He is the charity’s puppy satellite supervisor and completed the course dressed in a full-size dog costume.

Iain Peck, from Mitcham in Surrey, was first to cross the finish line in 22mins 33secs, with Peter Elderton coming in second, in 23mins 46secs, while Peter Berkley finished third in 25mins 23secs.

Andy Cook did Canine Partners proud by finishing in fourth place.

The charity’s head of regional fundraising, Jill Green, said: “Saturday was a huge success. We were thrilled at the numbers that turned out for this brand-new event.

“The weather was kind, and Petworth House was a beautiful backdrop.

“I’m sure everyone involved would agree it was a fantastic and fun day out.

“We are already planning next year’s event, and aim to build on the success of Saturday.

“The Purple Run will now be a regular feature on the Canine Partners calendar, hopefully getting bigger and better each year.”