Rebecca Chambers

Brunel is hosting a Colour Dash on Friday 31st of October  in aid of the Michael Sobell Hospice but a couple of weeks ago I gave a colour run a ago on the other side of London. Having not trained and eaten what I wanted, the idea of completing a 5km run was slightly terrifying. Arriving at the Olympic Park, we were greeted by a swarm of people in white t-shirts, some of whom looked like this was going to be a walk in the park for them which only terrified me further.  Thirty minutes before the run commenced we were given a warm up by a group of individuals who acted like they had taken something other than sugar for breakfast! All hyped up and ready to go, we begun the slow slug to the start line and waited for our group to be given the green light. As the gun signalled our start time me, my brother and a friend started running and after 1 km, which was a very difficult feat, we reached the first paint throwing station.

Running through the tunnel, we were covered in powder paint by enthusiastic stewards who were clearly having the time of their life. Continuing on our journey, every km we had a new colour thrown on us, and as I had on one occasion, in our mouths. The run as a whole was such a fun experience, despite my inability to run the whole thing. It did not matter as everyone was just there to have a good time and most people did not take it too seriously and cheered everyone on and there was just generally a good vibe throughout the whole event. At the end we were given packets of paint and told to head to the stage. Here there was what can only be described as a ‘colour’ rave where the DJ/ presenter bopped around the stage like there was no tomorrow and encouraged us to chuck more powder paint.

Overall, the colour run was a brilliant experience and I would encourage anyone and everyone to partake in one as it something you will remember for the rest of your lives. Side note, people will stare at you on the journey home and treat you like you have an infectious disease. It is just paint people. I would also like to warn you that your bathroom will look like an explosion at a paint factory, but it’s worth it! Sign up to Brunel’s Colour Run and help raise money for charity and have fun at the same time.

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