For years my friends have been heading to Holi Festival and I had to look at the photos of everyone covered in paint and having fun while I worked in retail. This year I was determined to do it, but typically the weekend it was planned for, in September this time, was when I was on holiday. Bloody typical.
It was then that I started to notice colour runs and in particular Run or Dye* which seemed like a great alternative. The paint and fun factor of Holi Festival but while doing some exercise, and after my 42km marathon the weekend before a little 5km run seemed like nothing.
The venue was set at Hever Castle in Kent and it was a beautiful place with gardens, fountains and lovely buildings. The event was fantastically run with everyone receiving a bag with their running number, safety pins (this is unusual at events!), a t-shirt, other branded goodies and a pack of paint. From around 930am they just let wave after wave of people until everyone had gone, this worked a lot better than assigning people times.
The pathways were quite jammed with people walking it, even adults with children running around, and some parents with babies strapped to them! After the initial bundle of people we did manage to run big chunks of it, and every km there was a paint station ready to throw another colour onto you.
By the end I was proud that I had woken up super early on a Saturday morning to do exercise, but also brightly coloured thanks to the paint. Overall the day was a great one and i’ll certainly be heading to more of these in the future!