The Forest Recreation Ground played host to the first Bubble Rush event to come to the East Midlands.

On Sunday, the Notts Hospice brought the first 5k run of its kind to the recreation ground in the heart of the city centre.

With over a thousand runners of all shapes and sizes representing the small Nottingham based charity, Bubble Rush was seen as a resounding success.

After hosting numerous small-time Moonwalk events, the Nottinghamshire Hospice ‘went all out’ in deciding to bring the colourful event to the people of Nottingham. Organiser of Sunday’s event Michelle Thompson said: “This is truly a day for the community and long after the bubbles have disappeared, the support for life-limiting illnesses will continue.”

Founded in 1980, the Nottinghamshire Hospice is a community based palliative care centre which provides high-quality care services to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses.

Rowena Naylor-Morrell, chief executive for the hospice, said: “The Bubble Rush event is obviously fun for all the families to enjoy and we have loved to be the ones hosting the first of its kind in the East Midlands.

“For me, the most important thing is spreading awareness for what we do, and making sure that the adults, families and carers we cater for are afforded the dignity they deserve.”

Running through ‘bubble stations’, competing members of the public completed the 5k run in waves, with the first wave being set on their way by Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison.

Situated around the park were numerous stalls, with food, drink and merchandise available for runners to enjoy after completing the enduring, but colourful, track. Tennis was also available before or after the run, courtesy of the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

With Bubble Rush such a huge success for the charity, Rowena is optimistic for the future. She said: “After how today went I would love to do this again soon, much to the delight of my staff!”

The next major fundraising event for Notts Hospice will be Dare to: Party in the Sky!, taking place on 9 June.