More than 600 people had their trainers and swimming goggles at the ready last weekend as the North East Autism Society (NEAS) staged its first ever Aqua Dash.

Taking place in Darlington’s South Park, the wet and wild family fun run had participants tackle a range of water stations and slides, all to raise money for the Chester-le-Street based autism charity.

The course, measuring just under 5km, featured various water zones throughout the route including a foam station, water slides, super soakers blast zone, a coloured water zone and sprinkler area.

Aqua Dash 2016

Event Organiser Sophie Clarke said:

After the success of our Run the Spectrum and Sunderland Scramble events over the past year, we were confident that Aqua Dash would be just as good. These events are a great way to have fun with your kids, whilst raising much needed funds for NEAS.

This is the first event of it’s kind in the region for families and we can’t thank everyone enough for all their support. We’re starting to see individual totals coming in now via Just Giving and so far over £8,000 has been raised. With more funds pledged, I’m sure we’ll reach over a five figure fundraising target. Money raised from the event will help support toddler groups for children with autism and vital family support services across the North-east.

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