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Beckett colour blast FAQs

Plus Icon Are cameras and phone safe during the Colour Blast

There will be photography taken during the event and this will be published all over our social media pages as well as the Leeds Beckett website after the event. If you wish to take your camera/phone in the run, Leeds Beckett University, Phoneix Events and other partners associated with the event will not be liable for any damage caused. Please be careful to protect it when you are going through the paint powder stations.

Plus Icon Can I run with my dog

Sorry no dogs allowed on the run during the Beckett Colour Blast except Service dogs. Dogs are allowed on our Headingley Campus but will not be allowed on the Athletics Track area.

Plus Icon Will there be refreshments available

There will be refreshments available from 9am till 2pm.

The popular Tiki Café serves delicious barista coffee, freshly baked pastries, locally crafted cakes and grab & go snacks. 

Our chefs will be running a BBQ with breakfast sandwiches plus lots of tasty treats over lunchtime.

Plus Icon Will there be refreshments available to purchase
Plus Icon Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event

There is no age requirement to enter or run the race, however you do have to be over 14 to run by yourself.

Plus Icon Can spectators come along

Yes, the more the merrier. Friends, family can come onto campus, park for free and make use of all our facilities.We do advise spectators to keep a good distance from the colour stations as we cannot accept responsibility for them accidently being showered in powder paint.

There will be refreshments available at track side, which is where both races finish plus our DJ society will be creating a party atmosphere! Leeds Beckett Carnegie Junior Sports Academywill also be doing some pop up activity around the Acre/Athletics Track, for the families to join in on.

Plus Icon Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event
You can if you wish, or bring on your phone, all tickets will have a QR code which we will scan at registration.
Plus Icon Do I need to be an experienced runner to take part or can I walk
Not at all, you can walk or run the route as it is not about speed but more about having as much fun as possible! The race is not timed, so the more competitive runners amongst you should self-time for anyone desiring a personal best.
Plus Icon Does the paint harm the environment
The paint is 100% natural and water soluble and will not cause any damage to the environment. We will have a clean-up team in place to remove the paint on the ground after the event.  No paint to be brushed into any drains. If it has been raining, please slowdown in the Colour Dash stations to avoid slipping on paint. Please stay aware of any other slip and trip hazards to avoid injury e.g. kerbs and roads.  Marshals are in place to assist with the route.
Plus Icon How can I contact the organiser with any questions
Please email the team at beckettcolourblast@gmail.com and we will respond within 24 hours.
Plus Icon What are my transport or parking options for getting to and from the event

There are frequent busses that stop at the bottom of Church Wood Avenue, it is then a short walk up Church Wood Avenue to the campus.

You can walk from headingley station and you can access the campus via Beckett’s park.

If you need to drive, we have over 300 free parking spaces on site. You will need to enter the campus by driving up Churchwood Avenue, there will be security on site to help you to a space.

For directions to the campus please click here.

Plus Icon How do we get clean after the run

After the colour blast, you are welcome to go home in your gear however there will be changing rooms with showers on site should you wish to get changed. Leeds Beckett University, Phoneix Events and other partners associated with the event will not be liable for any damage caused. Please use the changing rooms on site if getting changed and refrain from going into the James Graham building, as you may drop powder paint. 

If you have driven you may want to think about covering your car seats or if you are running with a buggy or children backpack on - please note that the powder may stain the fabric.

Plus Icon What should I wear

Please wear your Beckett Colour Blast white t-shirt and running gear, or neon bottoms / tutus you don’t mind getting messy! Well-fitting trainers are recommended but please don’t wear your expensive ones as they will end up every colour of the rainbow.

The coloured pigment should wash out of most fabrics but please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stained. After testing the paint, we know that white is never white again after being Colour Blasted. The paint is water soluble so you can wash the clothes as normal, but avoid washing it with nice clothes. As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it the better. 

Plus Icon Where is the Beckett Colour Blast

Based at the beautiful and historic Headingley Campus, home of Leeds Beckett University.

Leeds Beckett University
Headingley Campus

Registration, bag drop, refreshments etc is based at our Athletics Centre. There will be lots of volunteers and security on site to help you find your way if you are not familiar with the campus.

Plus Icon Will there by changing rooms or bag storage
We will have changing rooms on site should you wish to change. Please don’t leave any items in here as the changing rooms will be open to everyone attending the race and won’t be secure. Any items left are left at your own risk. 

There will be a limited bag drop service which will cost a £1 per item, the money will go towards the international charities that all profit from the event will go towards. The bag drop will be manned at all times by a volunteer. You will be given a raffle ticket when you drop off your items, please keep this with you at all times, or take a photo of the ticket, as no raffle ticket = no bag/ item at end of race.
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