The Manchester Color Run – The Happiest 5k on the planet

At the start of the month Ben and I took part in The Manchester Color Run (no I haven’t succumbed to some American spelling thing – that’s the trademarked name so I guess I should stick to it!) 

When I was first invited to take part in this 5k race my first thought was “Erm, no way, I don’t run!” but then I got to thinking it might be quite fun, especially once a few of us had admitted that running really wasn’t our thing and that walking was much more our style – #walkingnotrunning became our hashtag du jour!

Anyway once I’d decided to get involved I started to investigate the possibility of taking the kids along as it looked like something they’d really enjoy.  You can register little ones 5yrs and younger for free for The Manchester Color Run so I took advantage of that and signed Ben up.  He’s a good walker and I knew he could manage the distance without any issue.  I decided that whilst Chlo might well manage it she probably wouldn’t enjoy it and that would make it harder for me too so I made the most of the opportunity for some quality time with my boy.

I told Ben all about the Manchester Color Run in the week before, explained that people were going to be throwing coloured paint at us and that basically we wanted to get as much paint on us as possible because it would be good fun! (I think he thought I’d gone mad!)

The morning of the run arrived – dry but a bit overcast.  We got sorted and took ourselves off to The Ethiad.  I decided to pay for the luxury of parking on site as having already walked the 5k it would be unfair to expect him to walk any further to get back to the car just for the sake of a few quid in my pocket.

The Manchester Color Run - clean and ready for the off
The Manchester Color Run - Mummy & Ben
The Manchester Color Run - Ready to start!
As we had arrived relatively early we were able to sit and soak up some of the atmosphere, take some photographs and prepare ourselves for the walk.  We met up with Danni and Christina as planned shortly before the initial wave of runners set off and made our way into the starting chute.

The run is set off in waves to try and stagger the number of people around the course so we waited till we were allowed to go and almost got swept along into running as everyone set off, in fact Squish did get a bit carried away and Danni had to chase after him!  We soon got settled into a nice steady walking pace and started to get excited about what was to come!  We were all Color Run virgins so didn’t quite know what to expect as we hit the first colour station – as a result we didn’t really get a lot of pink paint on us but we had wised up before we go to the blue!

Some of the colour stations got a bit clogged up with people trying to get as much paint on them as possible – which is of course part of the fun – but I think it would be frustrating if you were actually trying to run with any sort of seriousness . . . but then why would you?!
I think my favourite moment was discovering two women who were three sheets to the wind drinking margaritas from their camel packs!

When they say the Manchester Color Run is “The happiest 5k on the planet” they’re not wrong.  The atmosphere throughout the whole race was wonderful – so friendly, cheerful and fantastic fun.  Ben loved it – aside from when he accidentally got a face full of yellow paint (he walked through the colour stations with his hands over his eyes after that).

I have absolutely no idea how long it took us to complete the 5k but I’m pleased to say that both boys did the full distance without a single complaint – we were SO proud of them!

Of course we had to have an ice cream to celebrate our achievement!

Thank you so much to LV for inviting us to take part in the Manchester Color Run –  Ben is already talking about doing it again next year!


  1. Christina Marriott
    July 14, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    Fab post hun! Was great sharing the experience with you and Ben! The boys did so well! 😀 xx

  2. Laura Mummy to Boyz
    July 14, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    This sounds like so much fun & cocktail camels backs – yes please!

    • July 14, 2014 / 10:46 pm

      Its the future! Ha ha x

  3. July 15, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Fabulous post , sounds like an absolutely brilliant, if slightly crazy, day. Well done too.

  4. July 16, 2014 / 8:23 am

    This looks like so much fun! Well done for completing the 5K, and Ben looks like he had a blast too. The atmosphere looks brilliant there 🙂

  5. Pippa Ainsworth
    July 20, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    Ah, what a brilliant time it looks like you had! I'd definitely have been there with Bud without the holiday clash. Maybe next year? Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

  6. July 23, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Well done – what a fantastic event to include the kids in.

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