Student Colour Run paints the Steel City

By Olivia Goddard

The Student Colour Run returned to Sheffield, causing even more of a mess than last year.

The event managed to raise £1,380 for charity by donating £1 from every ticket bought.

Students and other Sheffielders were encouraged to run, walk, skip or hop in the unique 5k route, while being showered in a range of different brightly coloured powder paint.

Colour-runners embraced the event by flinging multicoloured powder at each other, causing the event to run out of colour packs before the race had even started.

During the course of the run, designated stations with volunteering colour-throwers were at hand to top up the colour splattered runners.

Organiser Neil Midgley, said: “We wanted to do a fitness based, happy, fun event for students, and a colour run seemed like the perfect thing.

He added: “Last year it was a fantastic success and this year has been just as great with us selling around 1,400 tickets. The best part about the event is seeing such a big crowd, where everyone just seems to be having fun!”


Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 17.41.27                                                         Students get ready to take on the Colour Run


The new and improved route from last year’s event began at Park Hill Amphitheatre, and made its way through the Park Hill flats and along the hill tops overlooking the city.

Despite the typical British weather, around 1,500 people turned up to the event, not only to take part but to offer support for everyone taking on the 5k.

Participants took to social media to share their #studentcolour images, which were posted on a live screen throughout the race.


Colour run?#sheffieldstudentcolourrun

A photo posted by @victoriabk901 on


Before it rained…..?☔️?? #sheffieldstudentcolourrun #typicalbritishweather

A photo posted by Megan (@meganyellow94) on


Colour Run Sheffield ? we got colourful! #colourrun #sheffield #lincoln #edgehill #fitness #instagood #event

A photo posted by Student Colour Run (@studentcolouruk) on



After the run, competitors gathered around a stage for the ‘after party’ hosted by a DJ and even more paint cannons.

Third year English student, Hannah Galtress, said that she’d definitely take part in the event again: “It was such an amazing atmosphere, and it was a great chance to do something totally new with some really great friends.”

Grace Kershaw, second-year Maths student agreed: “I’ve had such a great day – even the cold, wind and rain didn’t manage to ruin the day”.


If you missed out watch this video to experience the day, minus the mess:



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