UPTON Country Park was transformed into a sea of colour for the charity Rainbow Run at the weekend.

Around 500 people took part in the event, which was held on Sunday with the aim of transforming the lives of seriously ill young people in Dorset.

Participants took part in three races, running a 3km route around the estate while volunteers threw powdered paint over them.

The event was hosted by Naomi House & Jacksplace, which are hospices supporting children and young adults from Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and the Isle or Wight.

Events fundraiser Charlotte Patrick said: "We were so excited that so many people signed up to support the life limited and life threatened children and young adults that Naomi House & Jacksplace care for.

"The Rainbow Run is one of our most popular events and is definitely the most colourful.

"It is a family friendly event that is suitable for all ages and we usually see a mix of families, groups of friends and colleagues all running together.

Previous Rainbow Runs have attracted as many as 1,600 runners and raised in excess of £40,000.