SLIDESHOW: Panto dames raise cash for Derian House

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Brightly-coloured dresses, wigs and make-up are not usually worn by runners - but that’s exactly what men wore in a fun run.

For they were dressed as pantomime dames as they took part in a new fund-raiser organised by Derian House Children’s Hospice named Dames On The Run.

The 128 men - most with running shoes accompanying their long skirts - took part in a warm-up led by a fitness instructor at Chorley’s Astley Park yesterday.

Dame Twankey, from pantomime Aladdin at Chorley Little Theatre, then officially started the 5km fun run.

When they completed the run, all of the participants received a medal and a voucher for a free pint.

There were also trophies for the winner, the best dressed dame and the best selfie, presented by Dame Twankey.

Will Guilfoyle, Lee McManus and Liam Vickerstaff at ''Dames On The Run

Will Guilfoyle, Lee McManus and Liam Vickerstaff at ''Dames On The Run

Susie Poppitt, head of fund-raising at the hospice, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. I have seen so many smiles on so many people’s faces. It was great.”

The fund-raiser was held to boost funds for Derian House, which is based in Astley Village, and to raise the profile of dads supporting children there.

It is expected to have raised between £3,000 and £4,000, with participants still collecting sponsor money.

And it could now become an annual event, with organisers considering allowing women to take part next year in fancy dress.

It comes despite a transsexual group making claims the fun run was inappropriate when details were first announced.

Lancashire Police were alerted but after talks between the person who made the complaint and Derian House, the issue was resolved.