The Color Run™ and Me

It’s been a busy last few weeks and I fear that I have been burning the candles at both ends. Is it perhaps the time of year? The disgusting UK humidity (we gothic-types do not do well in Summer and heat)? Work has been pretty full on and I haven’t had much time to rest on my weekends… Case and point being last Sunday (4 September), in which I took part in The Color Run™ Presented By Skittles. This is a 5K run in which participants turn up at the starting line in a plain-white T and get splattered with coloured paint powder every 1km. I was invited along by some of my work colleagues a mere three weeks before the event took place at the London O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula, and I did fear for a little while that I had taken total leave of my senses for the following reasons:

  1. I didn’t think I could run 5km without training.
  2. Despite knowing this, I still didn’t train because I am a masochist.
  3. I hate wearing colour. My aesthetic is somewhat gothic, it’s just not my thing, OK?
  4. More than wearing colour, possibly more than anything else… I hate mess!

Well, as it turns out, I actually can run 5km — albiet very slowly — and being spattered in colour and mess is actually a lot of fun! OK, so my hands did feel all grimy and gross as my sweat mixed with the powder and became poster paint, but I did shower immediately as soon as I got home and it was one of the best showers I’ve ever taken, so it was worth it.


The Color Run™, founded in the USA, host a number of 5K running events across 60 different countries. The next UK event is taking place in Brighton on Saturday 17 September with more to follow, so if you get the chance, head on over to their website and see if there’s a run coming up soon near you. Speaking as someone who by no means runs long-distance on a regular basis, anyone — and I mean anyone — can take part in this event. I saw kids about a third of my height taking part, and there was even someone just doing the whole thing in a motorised wheelchair. It’s not a race, it’s just a bit of fun for a good cause!

Money was raised from the event towards the official charity sponsor, the NSPCC. I also set up a Just Giving Page to raise a bit of extra money for them, so if you are feeling charitable, please do consider donating either by pressing the Just Giving button on the right-hand side of this screen, or by clicking here.

Take care,

S.E. Berrow

Visit The Color Run™ official websites to sign up to an event near you: – USA (main website, with links to other countries) – UK

NSPCC’s website:

My Just Giving page: