Colour Splash - Frequently Asked Questions

What time does it start and finish?
The event will start on Saturday 27th July at 12 noon. Even if you walk the course, everyone should be back for 13.30pm ish.  We’ll have music welcoming you back to the finish, so expect a party and more chances to chuck paint about after the race!

What do I get for the entry fee?
Aside from entry to the BIGGEST AND BEST Colour Splash event in our local area, you’ll be welcomed to the event by thumping music and treated to a fantastic warm up to get you ready for the main event. You’ll then pound the sand and get set upon by the Colour Splash Squad at powdered paint stations creating a blur of colour.  After the event, the music will continue, combining the tunes with more paint releases!

You’ll also receive an entry pack, which will include:

  • Super snazzy glasses
  • Drawstring bag
  • Temporary tattoo
  • Fabric Colour Splash wristband
  • Pouch of powdered paint (more to buy on the day)
  • Sponsorship form
  • Participant number

The entry fee largely pays for us to stage Colour Splash, so we’re relying on you guys to raise heaps of donations or sponsorship money, which will go directly to patient care!

Following booking, we’ll post your entry pack out to you nearer the event date.

Do I have to run?
No!  If you want to walk, then that’s great.  If you want to dance, that’s fine too.  Just make sure you get round the Colour Splash course before the tide comes back in.

Can my friends and family come along to watch Colour Splash?
Absolutely – we need people to cheer on their friends and family, and take some amazing photographs of the explosions of colour!  Make sure you take a photo of your friends looking spick and span before the event and then afterwards, looking like a walking rainbow.  Just share your photos with us on the day and use #coloursplash.

Can children take part?
Of course!  We don’t want to deny anyone the joy of a coloured paint shower, but we strongly recommend that parents use their own judgement.  You may have a five year old that would absolutely love the chaos of the day, but an 11 year old who would shy away.  Just think about having a fun day and take care of each other.

Can I bring our dog to Colour Splash?
We’re going to have to be firm on this one and say no.  We welcome dogs at some of our other events, such as the Santa Dash, but unfortunately, animals and powdered paint do not mix.  Add in a few hundred participants, loud music and the heat of the day and your pooch may be wishing he was somewhere else!  Please leave Spot the dog at home, where he’ll be safe.

Please note that the beach is a public place and there will be dog walkers unconnected to the event who may have their dogs off the lead.  Our marshals will advise these folks to keep their dogs on a lead and keep clear of the course for their own safety.

What should I wear?
We’d recommend wearing a plain white t-shirt to show off the powdered paint like a badge of honour!  Although the paint is a harmless product, it can stain clothing if mixed with water (or if it’s a hot day and you sweat!).  Compare it to eating beetroot whilst wearing a white shirt… colourful food + white clothing = wash it quick!

Why not check out our charity shops for a white t-shirt?  You could even customise it for the event and create a bespoke outfit for the day.  If you do want to preserve the colour on your t-shirt, apply a fine mist of spray clothing adhesive or vinegar to your t-shirt the day before, iron and let it dry.  That should help fix the colour.  The same goes for your leggings and trainers.

If you’re anything like us, you’re not going to want to take off your t-shirt all day!  But you’re going to want to change at some point before bed.  Consider bringing a change of clothes with you, particularly if someone is giving you a lift home in their spotlessly clean car.

How can I make my outfit extra special?
We’ll be selling merchandise on the day of the Colour Splash, including tutus and and visors, to help you look the part and make your photos look AMAZING!

Will the paint dye my hair?
Darker haired folks won’t have a problem, but if you are very fair, the coloured paint may stain your hair temporarily.  It will wash out, so don’t worry!  Consider leaving in conditioner or covering your hair for the event, if that would give you peace of mind.  Failing that, just wash, rinse, wash, rinse, wash, rinse…

What is the paint made out of?
The ‘paint’ is actually natural corn starch, mixed with 0.5% fluorescent tint (5000mg/kg) in the paint pouches and food grade corn starch with less than 10% cosmetic grade colour in the paint station ‘paint’.

It can be inhaled in small quantities without adverse affects, but this event may be unsuitable for those who suffer from asthma.

If you’ve had reactions to powdered paint previously, we’d recommend a test patch at least 48 hours prior to the event, using your colour sachet provided as part of your entry pack.

How safe is the event?
Our Colour Splash Squad at each paint station will not throw paint into your face.  Powdered paint will be aimed into the air and at the torso and legs.  However, powdered paint will travel in clouds through the air, so we’d recommend using the sunglasses supplied in your entry pack, particularly if you wear contact lenses.  We’ve seen other participants use a bandana or scarf to cover their mouth too.

Why do I have to agree to Terms and Conditions?
Organised public events of this scale can be overwhelming and the participants can get so caught up in the excitement of the day, that they forget about the practicalities of taking part.  We’re all about the excitement – it makes for a great day – we just want to make sure that you’ve thought about everything, from asking your folks for permission to attend, through to what to wear and how you’ll get there and back.  Once you’ve done that, all you need to think about is your profile picture from the finish line!

Can I buy extra paint pouches?
In addition to the free pouch of powdered paint included in the entry fee, we’ll also have extra powdered paint pouches available to buy on the day.  Use them pre-event for fabulous photos, during the event to colour your friends or after the event at the music festival.  There’s no excuse to not be colourful!

Can I take photos or video on my brand new, mega expensive phone?
Of course you can.  We would love to see everyone’s before and after Colour Splash shots, from shiny clean white t-shirt to rainbow-tastic!  But just bear in mind that there will be clouds of powdered paint floating around, so your phone may pick up some colour.  Just pop your phone in a sealable plastic bag and avoid the headache of cleaning, but Trinity can’t take responsibility for any damage that occurs.

Nervous about bringing your phone?  We’ll have our own photographers attending the event, so you could leave your phone in your bag or at home.  We’ll put the best photos on Facebook after the event.

What if the weather isn’t brilliant?
Not much can put us off ploughing ahead with Colour Splash.  So it might rain a bit – we can deal with that – we’re covered in paint anyway!  And we’re all used to our not-so-warm Summers, so a cold day won’t deter us either.  However, we’d definitely think twice if the wind was getting a bit much and making the event unsafe.  Keep an eye on social media for updates nearer the date.

Where can I park?
Parking is mainly limited to what you can find on the road in the local area.  For this reason (and to not inconvenience local residents), we’re asking everyone to consider public transport.  There are bus, train and tram links in the area.  You could sweet talk your folks into dropping you off or even cycle to Colour Splash.

Also, have a think about your journey home.  Powdered paint can be dusted off clothing for the most part, but you may still leave a trail of paint behind you, so cover those car seats!  Consider bringing a change of clothes – it’s just far less embarrassing than being hosed down at the side of the road…

Where can I leave my bag?
If you’re bringing the family for a day at the beach, I’m sure your Gran or Auntie Freda will look after your stuff.  But if Gran and Auntie Freda are running Colour Splash with you, we have a Bag Storage area located near the Registration Desk.  We’ll be asking for a donation, in exchange for looking after your bag.  It’ll be manned at all times by our marshals, but you do leave your belongings at your own risk.

Will refreshments be provided?
Bottled water will be provided at the Finish line for participants.  If you would like to run the course with water/ cordial/ fresh juice, etc. just bring your own bottle with you.  We’ll also have a hot food caterer and ice cream van available to keep participants and spectators fed and watered throughout the event.

Will toilets be available?
Yep!  We’re expecting full capacity, a fair few spectators and a lovely hot day, so we’ll need to stay hydrated…

Is the event timed?
Afraid not.  We’re really putting the emphasis on fun for this one, so you’ll find people will stop to take photographs.  Maybe the kids will roll around in the sand to soak up more paint.  There will probably be spontaneous outbursts of dancing too.  We’re not out to break records for Colour Splash, we’re on a mission to paint the beach!

Can I register on the day?
We’re expecting Colour Splash to be a sell-out, so please don’t rely on spaces being available on the day.

Can I raise sponsorship?
With your entry fee covering the cost of the event, any additional donations or sponsorship will go directly towards care for families in our local community.

It’s easy to raise funds via www.justgiving.com/coloursplash.  It’s free to sign up, friends can donate online and it saves you collecting sponsorship.  Win win!

How do I return my sponsorship/donations?
Once you’ve gathered up all the lovely funds you’ve raised, you could bank it all and then send us your sponsorship form a cheque made out to ‘Trinity Hospice’.  Or you could bring your form and a bundle of cash to our main reception between 9am and 9pm each day.  Either way, we can’t wait to see how much you manage to raise!  Just remember to ask everyone who’s eligible to Gift Aid their contribution – it would mean we get an extra 25% from the Government, just by ticking a box.  How good is that?

If you would like to get involved please call the Fundraising team on 01253 359362 or email kayleigh.penn@trinityhospice.co.uk

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