Kaleidoscope of colour at new event in St Andrews

St Andrews' first ever colour run, in which participants were liberally doused in coloured powder.(Photo by Peter Adamson)

St Andrews' first ever colour run, in which participants were liberally doused in coloured powder.(Photo by Peter Adamson)

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Runners in a new fun event in St Andrews on Sunday were a rhapsody in blue ... and red and yellow and purple.

In a blaze of colour, a running concept that has been spreading worldwide arrived in north east Fife with the first Saints Sport Colour Run.

For those not familiar with the idea, a colour run is a non-competitive fun run in which participants come prepared to be liberally doused in coloured powder at set points round the route.

Although organised by the university’s Sports Centre, the 3km run was open to anyone who was game for a bit of colourful fun.

Dozens of students happily embraced the idea, as did locals, with young children and parents taking part.

Extending the appeal of sport to students and the wider community is one of the main aims of Sarah Thompson in her role as Athletic Union president.

She said the colour run had successfully attracted people who might not usually have taken part in a sporting event.

It is believed the first colour run took place in Arizona in 2012, although it was on a slightly bigger scale than last week’s in St Andrews - around 6000 people turned up.

Since then, it has grown into a global initiative, with the biggest being the Color Run, which describes its events as the “happiest 5k on the planet” and raises money for charity partners.

This year, it has held major events in six English cities and its runs are famed for continuing the fun at the finishing line with a gigantic ‘Color Festival’, when even more colour is added into the mix.