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2016 Colour Run

Ever fancied donning some nice pristine white clothes before getting absolutely covered in ridiculous amounts of multi-coloured powder?

We thought so!!


After months of meticulous planning, we are proud to finally announce details of the Parklife Colour Run which will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 27th April at the Falmer Campus. Last year's event SOLD OUT so make sure you sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Participants can walk, jog, run, and dance around the 5k course, starting dressed in white before being drenched in glorious powder as they cruise through each colour station.

Kirsty McCoubrey, one of Sports Brighton’s Participation Officers, is delighted with the scope of the event; “This is a great opportunity to get together with friends and colleagues and have some fun. Last year's event was great and it is definitely one not to be missed!”

Entry will cost just £7 if you book your place before Monday 21st March(£10 after) which will include an exclusive Parklife Colour Run t-shirt and sunglasses, as well your very own pouch of coloured powder.

Want to get involved but don’t fancy doing the distance? We are currently recruiting a team of volunteers to help on the day, from colour throwers to course marshals we need you! Interested, then please contact Kirsty – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information and to book your place, click here.



Parklife Colour Run - FAQs


  1. 1.What should I wear?

Wear the white t-shirt and sunglasses provided in your colour pack. Make sure that you wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Wear as much white as possible to make the colour stand out!


  1. 2.Is the race competitive?

No, this is not a timed event. Walk, jog, run or dance your way around the course – super fitness is not required. The idea is to have fun while being drenched in beautiful colour.


  1. 3.How does the colour run work?

Volunteers will be placed at each of the ‘colour stations’ located around the course. They will throw coloured powder over you as you pass through these zones – drenching you in colour. (They will aim for your body and avoid the face). You can also use your own colour pouch in the designated throwing zone either before or after the event.


  1. 4.Is it safe?

Yes. The powder is made from natural corn starch coloured with fully tested food and cosmetic dyes. It is biodegradable, non-hazardous, non-toxic. It is also easy to clean!


  1. 5.What if it goes in my eyes or I accidently swallow some?

Don’t worry – the powder will do no harm. We recommend that you wear your sunglasses provided in your pack but if powder does go in your eyes then simply rinse with water. If you accidently swallow some, it will just taste like dirt. Not very tasty but it will not harm you.


  1. 6.How do I get the powder off?

The easiest way to get the paint off is while it is still fresh and dry- shake, wriggle and jump up and down, then use a soft brush. After this soap and water should do the job. If you are not changing then please make sure you bring something to sit on in the car/bus/train (e.g. a towel or bin bag).


  1. 7.What about excess powder on the ground?

Clean up squads will be at each colour station. The powder is biodegradable and will be rinsed away with water, causing no harm to the environment.


  1. 8.Cameras

If you want to bring your own camera (or phone) then we recommend that you cover it with plastic, to stop the powder causing any damage should it get into the lens or any other components. Sport Brighton will also be taking photos on the day which will be posted on our social media sites after the event.


  1. 9.Spectators

Any remaining powder pouches will be available for spectators to purchase on the day. These can be used in the designated throwing zone near the finish. There will be a lot of colour throwing so spectators are also advised to wear appropriate clothing.



Colour run packs will be made available for collection from a Sport Brighton reception from Monday 25th April. Keep a check of your emails for collection confirmation.


We will do everything in our power to hold the event as scheduled, however runner safety and enjoyment is our priority. Excessive heat, wind or rain may cause us to postpone the event to a later date. Stay tuned to your email, the website and social media during the week for updates regarding any event related news.


Arrive at the warm-up area no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday 27th April.

If you haven’t already collected your colour pack then make sure arrive in plenty of time to do this first.

The event will start at 5:00pm prompt.