by Sam Hawcroft
Organisers of a colour run taking place during Withernsea’s Blue Light Weekend next month are urging families to sign up and have fun getting messy on the prom.
Local events company Blip Active, which runs a host of sporting and leisure activities across the region, is staging the colour run at 3pm on Saturday, August 12. They are keen to stress that it is not a race and participants do not have to run – they can run or walk at their own pace while being covered in coloured paint powder thrown by people stationed at various points along the sea front.
The route is about 2km and white T-shirts will be given out at the start.
Dave Penson, owner of Blip Active, a partner organisation of the Blue Light Weekend, said: “We’ll be starting off on the road between Memorial Gardens and Italian Gardens, heading down to the South Promenade and back. There’ll be some colour thrown before the race starts and then at points along the route including outside the lifeboat station, for example.
“Come and be part of it – our message is that doing some exercise is better than nothing, and it’s absolutely not a race.”
The powder has been obtained from a dedicated colour run supplier and is non-staining and non-toxic, and any left on pavements and street furniture will wash away completely in the rain, Dave added.
People can book online at blipactive.com/event/blue-light-colour-run-2023.
Alternatively, those who want to book their place and pay on the day can come into the Gazette office in Seaside Road or Active Withernsea in Queen Street, near Park Avenue, and leave their name and contact details. Dave said: “Some people struggle with booking and paying online, so we want to make sure they don’t miss out. If you can’t register online, just come into the Gazette or Active Withernsea to reserve a place on the day.
“At least this gives us an indication of numbers – we have quite a few of our out-of-town regulars signed up and I wouldn’t want anyone local turning up on the day and finding out there are no spaces left.”
The price including white T-shirts is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.