BARRHEAD was awash with colour as the town staged its first-ever Rainbow Run.

Carlibar Park, which started as a blank canvass, was transformed into a neon paint-splattered fun zone as around 1,000 runners took on the 2km course.

Undeterred by the wet weather, people of all ages flocked to the centre of town for the event, organised by Barrhead’s Business Improvement District (BID).

Andy Dunlop, BID manager, said: “It was a fantastic day and seeing such a mixture of people – from ages two to 81 – running in the park was exactly what we’d hoped for.

“The feedback has already been phenomenal and it is clear to see that we should make this an annual event.

“We’ve already had people asking to buy tickets for the next one.”

Pulse FM DJ Gus Michael helped to create an upbeat tempo at the event, with fitness instructors Lynne Hamilton, from Boogie Bounce, and Ashley Monaghan making sure runners warmed up properly.

Amanda Pirrie was among the Rainbow Runners who had a great time.

She said: “It was a fantastic event and I would definitely do it again.”

It was the job of paint zone ‘Commandos’ from various Barrhead organisations to splatter participants in various colours of powder paint, which they were able to wash off later.

Mr Dunlop added: “I must say a huge thank-you to 1st Barrhead Scouts, 1st Barrhead Boys Brigade, Arthurlie FC and the rest of the volunteer team who manned our colour zones.

“They did a great job of making sure everyone was head to toe in paint.

“I must also thank all the local businesses involved as, without their support of the BID, events like this and the Christmas Lights Switch On just wouldn’t happen.”