On Sunday morning, the seafront in Hastings was looking extremely colourful. Puffs of green, pink, orange and blue could be seen from a distance. St Michael’s Hospice were hosting their ‘Colour the Coast’ 4k fun run to help raise funds for the amazing work they do in Hastings.
It was a beautiful day – perfect blue skies and blazing sunshine. This is an accessible event for all abilities – kids, grandparents, walkers and runners. It isn’t timed, there are no race numbers and no one is shoving you out the way so they can get a PB.
For £18, you get a white t-shirt (to be worn on the day), a couple of packets of paints, discount vouchers from the sponsors and the warm fuzzy feeling that you’ve donated to charity.
The run starts on the beach, right next to the RNLI station (who had their doors open for visitors). Due to it being a sell-out event, the attendees were let off in waves but not before a full on Zumba warm up session (including the conga).
We walked this event. My mum wasn’t very well but wanted to do it, so we took it nice and slow whilst soaking up the sunshine and various coloured paints. All types of people were taking part – there were lots of families, young ones, adults and even someone on a pair of crutches!
Once at Warrior Square Gardens, you’re directed onto the beach for more paint splattering, before being sent back along the seafront to the finish. Once at the finish, the stage was still active for finishers to join in with a cool-down and the chance to throw more paint at each other (in case you were not covered enough).
A lovely event, a beautiful day and all for a fantastic cause. Well done to the team at St Michael’s Hospice for organising a truly social event for the town.
I didn’t take my camera, but you can check out photos from the event over on Flickr.