What is the Colour Dash?

The Colour Dash is a 5km untimed fun run around Lincolnshire Showground, with participants being covered in coloured, environmentally friendly paint powder at each kilometre. It is designed so supporters can have fun with their friends and family, with no pressure to run any or all of the route; you can run, walk, dance or skip your way around the course.

Online registrations and now closed. However, you can still sign up on the day.

We welcome supporters with disabilities but recommend that wheelchair users come in an all-terrain chair. If you are unsure on the suitability of the route, please call 01522 540 300 or email fundraising@stbarnabashospice.co.uk to talk it through with a member of the Fundraising team.

Please note that animals cannot take part unless they are guide dogs. The paint powder is not harmful to animals.

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What will happen on the day?

Lincolnshire Showground will be a hive of activity, with food, drink and merchandise stalls, music and a fun warm-up from the stage, the opportunity to see yourself on the big screen and more!

We are bringing the party atmosphere as thousands of supporters join together to raise much-needed money for local hospice care, whilst celebrating our 40th birthday. Spectators are welcome to come and cheer you on free of charge.

Waves of runners will continuously be set off every five minutes from 11am. Your wave number will be assigned, so please sign up with those you plan to run with.

BRAND NEW for this year, we are delighted to be running our first Donation Station at the Colour Dash. We are asking each supporter to bring a bag of good quality items to donate to our charity shops if they are able, and these can be dropped off throughout the day with our Retail team. Click here to view the items we can and cannot accept.

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What is in the paint powder?

The coloured paint powder is non-toxic, 100% safe and biodegradable. It is made from natural corn starch and usually washes out of most materials. The best way to get it off clothes and shoes is to rub it off whilst it is dry and in powder form.

We recommend you bring a change of clothes or sheets to protect your car seats whilst you drive home. To avoid unnecessary waste and ensure our event is as environmentally friendly as possible, we won’t be issuing disposable ponchos this year. However, there will be the option to purchase a poncho, should you require one.

Additional pouches of paint powder will be available to purchase at the event for those wanting the chance to celebrate together at the end of their Colour Dash run.

Jayne's Story - Why fundraising matters

“When the end was near for Nige, the nurses knew and there was absolutely no sense of panic. They made sure he was as pain free and comfortable as possible. As his breaths became gradually shallower, I began to sing to him, and then he just left. I remember dropping to my knees at that point and the nurses held me and rocked me.

“Nigel had a beautiful death and I feel so grateful that I was able to be with him and witness his transition. Everyone at the Hospice gave so much to my family.

“Later that year, I signed up to take part in the Colour Dash with our children, my sister-in-law and some friends. We all had t-shirts made with Nigel’s face on and the words ‘be more Nige’ across the front.

“What an experience when we set off and got covered in coloured paint powder at every kilometre! It was a great opportunity to just get messy, have a laugh and just be colourful. There was a real buzz in the air and such a sense of togetherness.

“Going through the finish, my heart was truly pounding, the tears from my eyes falling freely. The splashes of colour painted rainbows of joy and pride, not only for a love lost, but also for every single missed soul on that most incredible of shared days.”

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What your sponsorship money means to the Hospice…

Each year we need to raise around £6.3 million through fundraising and retail activities in order to provide our services to the local community. That’s over £12 each minute! We ask each participant to fundraise in support of St Barnabas through gaining sponsorships from Friends and Family. You can collect sponsorships by setting up a Facebook Fundraiser, JustGiving page, or by using a print-out sponsorship form.


would allow us to care for a patient in their own home for three hours.


pays for a doctor to spend time working out a personalised pain relief medication plan for a patient.


could buy four mouth care kits so we can add moisture to patients’ mouths and immediately relieve discomfort.