Sport & Exercise

Active Wellbeing Colour Run

Are you ready for an explosion of colour? Run or walk with us through a vibrant rainbow explosion of coloured paint powder, whilst having lots of fun alongside other students and staff from both The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.

Active wellbeing colour run in text on a multi-colour pastel background

Heriot-Watt University and The University of Edinburgh have joined forces and invite you to take part in an Active Wellbeing 5km Colour Run/Walk on Wednesday 20th March 2024. The free event, which is open to everybody, will take place at the scenic Heriot-Watt Campus at Riccarton and gives students and staff from both University’s to get together for a colourful and fun 5km run, jog or walk.  


Important update

Although the event has now reached capacity you can still sign up to the waiting list for places so if there are any cancellations you’ll be the first to know.

If you have booked a place and can no longer attend please do cancel via MyEd so others can enjoy the event

Event Details

  • FREE to enter. You can make an optional donation to our Challenge 24 campaign.
  • Wednesday 20th March 2024
  • Oriam, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
  • Arrival time – 2pm
  • Colour run/walk starts at 2.30pm

Enter now for free via MyEd

Challenge 24

If you do wish to make a donation for taking part, we are collecting funds for SAMH, Scotland’s Mental Health Charity and The British Inspirational Trust as part of the Challenge 24 campaign.

Find out more and make a donation

Further information and frequently asked questions

What is a Colour Run/Walk event?

Our Colour Run/Walk is a 5km untimed event, however, you are welcome to track your time using your smartphone or watch. At each kilometre mark, walkers and runners are gently covered from head to toe in a different coloured powder by event staff. On arrival, a free white t-shirt and safety goggles will be available for participants.

Why sign up?

  • To have fun!
  • To be active outside in the fresh air on a beautiful and safe University campus
  • Explore new surroundings
  • To connect with other students and staff

How to get to the event

Please give yourself enough time for travelling to the event. We have provided some travel options below.

  • Bus - 25, 34, 35 45 & 63 from various locations in centre of Edinburgh. To see bus times, please use the Lothian Bus Journey Planner.
  • Tram - to Edinburgh Park, followed by 20-minute walk.
  • Car - limited parking is available at Oriam but there is ample parking across campus. The closest alternative car park being car park A.
  • Cycle - the Union Canal path connects to Heriot-Watt campus.

Pre-event communications

As a Colour Run/Walk participant, you will be invited into a private TEAMs channel where events staff will provide information about the event and offer support. Event photographs will also be added to the channel after the 20th March. This may not be for everyone and you can leave the channel at any point.

What to wear

Please wear appropriate footwear when attending this event. Do not wear anything you don’t want be covered in our coloured powder. We advise wearing a pair of running or walking shoes that are comfortable, well-cushioned and properly fitted. Please wear comfortable sports clothing (e.g. leggings, shorts, t-shirt, lightweight waterproof jacket) and be mindful of the Scottish weather. Do not wear jeans, high heels or dresses. Please arrive ready to run/walk. Please do not bring bags/ laptops.

Event Photography & Videography

Please be aware event staff may take photos and videos during our Active Wellbeing Colour Run for promotional purposes. These may be shared on our social media channels and website. If you do not wish to be photographed or filmed, please let our events team know on the day.

For further information please see our privacy statement:

Your Health (Please Read)

Physical activity is safe, enjoyable and beneficial for most people. The health benefits to be gained through regular exercise are vast. However, if you have any concerns about your health, please check with a doctor before embarking on any form of physical activity or exercise.

Please note – the coloured powder used at this event contains corn starch and dye. Those allergic should be aware and seek advice from their GP before participating.

Prior to the event, attendees are strongly advised to read the following questions:

  • Has your doctor (nurse) ever said you have a heart disease, high blood pressure or any other cardio-vascular problem, and/or recommended only medically supervised exercise?
  • Do you suffer from chest pain or breathlessness at rest or when doing physical activity?
  • Do you lose your balance because of dizziness, feel faint or ever lose consciousness?
  • Has your doctor (or any other medically qualified professional) ever said that you have bone or joint problems that might be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
  • Is your doctor currently prescribing any medication for your heart condition or blood pressure?
  • Do you suffer from asthma, diabetes, bronchitis, epilepsy, thyroid disorder, liver or renal disease?
  • Are you particularly overweight or underweight?
  • Are you pregnant or have you given birth in the last 3 months?

Event staff recommend that if you’ve answered YES to ANY of these questions then they MUST consult their GP before participating in any physical activity including, without limitation, any physical activity undertaken at the University. This is solely the responsibility of the participant and should assist them in identifying the type of exercise which is most appropriate for them.