Mr. Bazaar Runs The Colour Run 2014 In London!


I don’t think you’ll be surprised to hear that my answer to the question “Would you like to spend an afternoon running 5K through showers of colour?”, was an instant, “Hell, yes!”. As a gentleman hooked on hue the Colour Run has been something I’ve been eager to experience for several years, so when Dulux asked me to run, I jumped at the chance. With a bevy of blogging pals alongside me, I set off into the clouds of colour for an adventurous afternoon like I had never experienced before. The mood amongst the 18,000 people taking part was palpable and electric – it’s safe to say that we were all high on hue! Can you tell I was having a good time?!

Of course, Kate, Katie, Pippa, Zoe, Joanna, Caroline, Toby and I weren’t throwing ourselves headfirst into colour without good purpose (but let’s get real, Mr. Bazaar would happily do this anytime!). No, we were running to raise money for Out of The Dark. As a charitable social enterprise, Out of The Dark recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Given they are based in High Wycombe – the old furniture-making capital of the UK – it made sense to base the enterprise around furniture; in fact, 99% of the pieces used for projects run by founders Jay & Jade is saved from landfill. You can find out more about their enterprise, as well as discovering the many ways you can help support their great work. Here’s to colour making lives better, folks!


  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell June 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Congratulations for completing the run! It looked like so much fun and for a great cause too. I saw many of the runners covered in colour on the tube today and instantly thought of all of you. Have a lovely week! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

      @Geraldine – Thank you! Yes, the trains were packed with people who had taken part so colour was everywhere – perfect! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Reply SusaN June 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I didn’t know about this event but pleased to be introduced to it so I can try and run next year. Looks like you all had a great time!

  • Reply Ralph June 2, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Fantastic post and pictures! Monday needs all this bright colour! πŸ™‚

  • Reply yvonne @ yvestown June 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I find you very brave Will. I would absolutely hate this LOL! Can you image what my antibacterial hand gel would look like?? Happy Monday x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

      @Yvonne – Nothing brave about this, but maybe a little crazy! Hahaha! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Reply Lindsey June 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I so wanted to do this in Paris! Next year, come here and we’ll do it together πŸ™‚

  • Reply Inge @ simply fabulous chic June 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Wow Will, this looks like so much fun! It instantly reminded me of this great picture I once saw in National Geographic where people were celebrating with colour powder too. I would have to train first, since I wouldn’t be able to finish the 5 k… Yep, my condition is that bad. πŸ˜€ So great of you to complete it and to run for a good cause as well!! Although I wouldn’t be happy to clean up my bathroom after a colour run. πŸ˜‰ Have a happy, colourful and fun week Will! Big hugs, Inge and her boys πŸ˜‰ xxx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

      @Inge – Yes, it does look a little like the Holi festival in India, doesn’t it! Have a wonderful week! πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Ruth June 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

    great idea! There will be a team Rumour next year – it looks like so much fun! Well done for doing it x

  • Reply susan // fleurishing June 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    That looks amazing Will, I would happily participate too! (except I’m not a runner…that might be a hitch, ha)

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      @Susan – It’s so much fun and I don’t normally run (I like to swim or cycle!) so you could totally do it! x

  • Reply ipshita June 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Ah lovely! So much fun. I’d love to join one. We played Holi though, earlier in March, this year. Pretty similar except the exercise bit. You are welcome to join any holi celebrations in spring next year, it will add to your colour fix. There are many held in London and rest of UK.

  • Reply Fiona Duke June 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    this looks so much fun and I met out of the dark at the May Design series the other day and thought it was a brilliant organisation so well done for supporting this πŸ™‚

  • Reply sara June 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    This looks like so much fun! The colors are fantastic!

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  • Reply Anya June 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Looks awesome Will, what an amazing run and great to do it for charity. We have the Colourrun here in June – seriously contemplating participating πŸ™‚ Happy Monday xx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      @Anya – Oh, you must if you can – it’s such a brilliant experience! πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Kristin June 3, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Great running shots! I love the Colorrun. We just had ours this weekend. How did you protect your camera during the run?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

      @Kristin – I placed it inside a sealable plastic bag but still took it out to take pictures!

  • Reply Emma Harris June 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Love the photos, they are beautiful, and well done for completing the race, it looked like you had a ball!

  • Reply Jill Sorensen-LiveLikeYou June 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Oh no how did I miss this? Right up my alley!! What a fun thing to do.

  • Reply Lyla Farrow June 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I ran in two, when I was in Portugal living. The first of the Europe was there in Porto. Great moments!!!!

  • Reply Tre June 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Looks absolutely crazy! Fun!

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