One of my dreams in life is to visit Holi Festival, the festival of colour, in India. One year I’ll make it there, I’m sure; but when I saw advertisements for the Colour Run in London, it felt like a perfect amalgamation of this dream and my love for running.
So here’s the squeeze…
Its a 5k fun run around Wembley Park, suitable for runners and walkers of all ages. At each 1k marker, runners are blasted with handfuls of raw paint powder, resulting in a kaleidoscope of colour and a bunch of very happy people. The organisers advise that you keep your mouth shut when running through the ‘colour zones’ to avoid ingesting too much of the biodegradable paint powder; but it’s a pretty hard task when you can’t stop smiling and laughing out loud every step of the way.
The event is presented by Dulux and in collaboration with the charity Stand Up To Cancer and Cancer Research UK. Considering it is the first year this event has taken place, it was pretty well organised. There was a longish wait at the start, but once we got going, it felt like the 5k went by in a flash. The route around Wembley’s industrial estate was pretty grim and the surfaces weren’t exactly the best to run on, however most people were there for the fun and there was certainly enough of that to light up Wembley Stadium for the whole afternoon. At the finish line we were greeted with free bottles of water and cartons of Vita Coco and a final packet of paint to launch into the air during the post run party. Sadly the only food available were a few ice-cream and burger vans, but this was something highlighted in the pre-run info pack. There were plenty of toilets at both the start and the finish line and although there was no baggage hold, most people were sensible enough not to bring too many belongings for fear of turning them rainbow coloured. Transport links into and out of Wembley Park were good considering it was a Sunday event and the organisers even provided a plastic poncho to wear on the journey home, so as not to cover the tube seats with paint.
All in all, it was an extremely enjoyable afternoon, blessed with lots of sunshine and some very funny moments. Not for the serious runner, but there’s not much that’s serious about this event. Check out our gallery below:
For more information on the Colour Run, go to their website.