Who knew that a 5k run could be so much fun?!
Although I’m quite a sporty person I’m not usually one for running, or at least I don’t enjoy it. Treadmills are the worst, but even a recent outdoor run was ruined after a fly wedged itself into my eye two minutes after I left the house.
However! This 5k, with three of my best friends, glittery temporary tattoos and face paints, was so much fun that I barely even realised that I was running! And despite saying beforehand that we weren’t going to run very much of it we actually only ended up stopping to have our photo taken! Not that you have to run though, plenty of people walked the course with their friends and family, and looked like they enjoyed it just as much.
The atmosphere was great for the whole event, and everyone taking part seemed to be smiling – something you definitely don’t normally see at a run. Each kilometre had a different colour station, where colourful paint powder was thrown all over us, giving us a chance to get our white t-shirts full of colour, perfect for photo opportunities! And one station even had a bubble machine generating a stream of bubbles to run through.
At the end of our run typical English weather had to make an appearance, and changed from a blue sky to one full of dark clouds, before hail came pelting down on us. Normally I would not have been impressed to be out in that sort of weather but there was something about the run that even made that kind of funny!
After we had finished the run, and despite the rain, we went over to join the colour festival where music was blaring and people were dancing and jumping around. Everyone was in a party spirit and the DJs really got the crowd going. We were all given packets of paint powder and every so often we all opened them and threw the paint in the air at the same time, covering us all in an amazing multicolour cloud!
The whole day was a really great experience, and my friends and I have said we all definitely want to do another colour run again next year, and I’m looking forward to it already!
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