Virtual Colour5K Launch

The Virtual Colour5K

This year we were due to hold our eighth annual Colour5K at the Ardleigh Showground on Saturday 27 June 2020. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we could not hold the event.

Recognising how much support there is for this popular and fun event and knowing we still need to raise vital funds, we set out to find a way we could bring all the fun of the event to people remotely. So was born the first ever Virtual Colour5K which will be even more inclusive and as much fun as it has ever been.

An Amazing New, Inclusive Event for All

The event welcomes all ages and abilities. There are no minimum or maximum age requirements and it does not matter what level of fitness that you have.

All participants need to do is walk, push, run, skip or dance 5 kilometres, wearing the brightest and most fun items of clothing from their wardrobe.

People can complete the event over several days or weeks, or do it all in one day, using mobility aids, where needed.

The challenge can be completed around the home, in the garden, or outside as part of a daily exercise routine. How you choose to complete it is entirely up to you.


A Message from Headway Service Users

Tara, who took part in the 2019 Colour5K said:

“It was great to see people from all walks of life come together to raise money for their chosen charity. People were dressed for the occasion in tutu’s and T-shirt’s, every lap we completed we got covered in a different colour. Everyone had a fun tiring day. I hope people will show their support for Headway Essex by signing up for the new Virtual Colour5K, this year”

Matt, who has taken part in 3 Colour5K’s said:

“My balance is not very good and I use a walking aid to walk outside. I have entered the colour run three times now. I use my walking aid and my carer guides me round. Last time I only completed one circuit as it was so hot. It is great because you can go at your own pace and complete however many circuits that you can. Everyone in the run encouraged me so much by clapping and cheering me as they went past. I felt really good that I was able to it.  Of course this year the colour run has been cancelled but we can all challenge ourselves to do the Virtual Colour5K at home. I hope to be at the starting post again next year but this year I hope to do the Virtual Colour5K.”

Taking Part is Easy

Anybody interested in taking part can sign up via the Virtual Colour 5K event page on the Headway Essex website anytime between now and the end of July. There’s only one rule and that’s to dress up in your MOST colourful attire, the more flamboyant the better, and complete the 5K challenge by the end of July.

Help Raise Money to Transform the Lives of Adults with Acquired Brain Injury

Like many other charities, we have lost income from cancelled events as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. Money raised from the Virtual Colour 5K will go towards providing rehabilitation and support for brain injury survivors and their families and carers in Essex.

The event is free to enter, but for those who can afford to, the charity would appreciate an optional donation of £5 to take part. There is also an option to set-up a fundraising page and anyone raising £25, or over, as part of their fundraising efforts, will receive a stunning Colour5k medal with our thanks!

So what are you waiting for? Sign-up, dig out your funky leggings, jazzy T-shirt and colourful headband from the bottom of your drawers and get moving for Headway Essex!


Our thanks to our sponsor, Attwells Solicitors and race supporter, Inspire Races.


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