FAQs

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about The Colour Fun Run.

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  • Yes! The Colour Fun Run is open to all ages so anyone and everyone can take part, so whether you are young, old, short or tall you can join in!  Those taking part under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a participating adult.

  • Yes, you can find the event page here.

  • Of course! You can set your own pace from start to finish. It’s a good idea for everyone to be aware of the people around you. With people travelling at different speeds, it’s important to leave room for runners to overtake.

  • No, the 5k course is un-timed so you can concentrate on having fun and getting covered in paint!

  • You are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible to help support Julian House’s lifesaving work to help people facing homelessness.

    If you make a plan and start early, fundraising doesn’t have to be a drag. Please download our fundraising pack which will give you tips and ideas to get you started.

  • Please bring;

    • Your runner number, which will have been sent to you beforehand, along with some safety pins to attach it.  
    • You may also want to bring a change of clothes and/or towel for after the race.
    • There will be stalls in the event village selling food and drink. The 5k Colour Fun Run is hungry business, so if you want to refuel after the race, you may like to bring some money.
    • A spare set of clothes, including something warm to put on as you cool down after the event
    • Glasses, sunglasses or goggles to keep the paint out of your eyes
    • A towel, or something to dust yourself down with after the event
    • Depending on the weather, a hat and suncream are strongly advised
  • The race starts at 12.00 midday, but we ask all participants to arrive by 11.30am to sign in at the registration desk and take part in our warm up to get you all fully energised and ready for the run!

  • There is a limited car parking available at Oldbury Court Estate. This is open 8.00am until dusk. Given the limited parking, we suggest that if possible you walk, cycle or use public transport to reach the event.  There is cycle parking available on site and here are the local bus timetables.

  • There are stretches of the route made up of flat tarmac paths that are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, however some of the course is on grass and there is also one fairly steep incline along the route in which wheelchair users would probably need assistance.

  • Of course, we welcome all friends and family. Do let them know that they should expect to get a splashing of colour, especially if they stand around the paint stations. If this is undesirable, then spectators should stay a safe distance away and upwind from the nearest paint station.

  • We recommend wearing a white t-shirt to show off all the colours! This year we have official Colour Fun Run t-shirts. You can purchase yours here on our ticketing page, so why not join our team?

    If you would like to run in fancy dress, or even your Wedding dress, this will look fantastic in photos, so be adventurous! The powder paint at the event is formulated to be as stain free as possible, however, in some conditions and on some clothing, staining can occur.  

    Cleaning Tips – Use detergents and if necessary stain removers. It’s best if you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting very colourful!

  • We have designated paint stations around the route, with our special paint throwers ready to cover you in colour.  They will aim for your clothes to avoid getting it in your eyes, ears and mouth, but be prepared for a little to reach your face and head.

  • Our throwing powder is completely safe and non-toxic. It is coloured corn starch and is a non-irritant to skin.

    As with any fine powder, inhalation is not recommended and can cause discomfort. It’s recommended that you wearing glasses, goggles or similar to protect you eyes and be careful to avoid inhaling excessively when passing through the paint stations.

    If you have a skin allergy or respiratory condition, we would recommend you asked your doctor for advice. 

  • From experience, after the race the best plan is to get all the dry powder out of your hair, clothes, teeth, etc. before getting wet.

    It’s a good idea to bring a towel to brush yourself off and cover to protect your car seat, if you arrive by car.  You may also want to bring a change of clothes to put over the top of your running clothes for the journey home.  Once home with a bit of soap and water the colour will wash from hair and skin, a long soak in a hot bath is more effective than a shower in cleaning the skin.  In cases of heavy powdering don’t worry if it doesn’t come out straight away! Temporary colouration of hair and skin can happen; repeat washing may be necessary!  Quick tip – If you’ve got light coloured hair, it helps to use some leave-in conditioner, olive oil or coconut oil beforehand.

  • As the powder paint used is primarily made from coloured corn starch, there will be no detrimental environmental impact.

    Packaging and waste from the event will be recycled wherever possible through the locally available recycling channels.

  • To protect the animals and prevent risk to participants, we cannot allow dogs to enter The Colour Fun Run.

  • Yes, please bring a picnic and snacks along, there are some lovely picnic spots at Oldbury Court. We will also have food and drinks stalls onsite should you choose to purchase something whilst in the event village.

  • There won’t be any changing rooms on site so please leave all your personal belongings with friends or family. We are unable to accept responsibility for items left unattended.

  • We’ll be plastering you in colour come rain or shine, so there are no excuses!