It’s a sell out! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, we can’t wait to see you and help you get messy!

Prepare to get MESSY! What you can expect.

09:30am – Registration Opens

09:50am – Roddy Hankins opens the Stage

10:50am – Registration Closes

11:00am – Messy Runner Starts

13:30pm – Event Closes

Registration and the start of Messy Runner can be found on King GeorgeV playing fields, Hereford, HR2 7RQ.There is a pay and display car park located at the swimming baths, as well as multiple other car parks throughout town.

Please arrive with your tickets easily accessible for our team to scan you in and give you a wristband. If you have also ordered a T-shirt this ticket will be needed at a later point once you have entered the arena. 

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy – all the paint, slime and foam should wash out but we can’t guarantee this. Please also wear flat, secure footwear that you don’t mind getting messy.

Only bring things that you don’t mind carrying around the course with you because there isn’t a baggage area. 

Hot and cold drinks and snack will be available to purchase from our refreshments stand.

Water pistols, Paint, Sun visors, T-shirts and more will be available to purchase from our Merchandise stand.

There will be portaloos located on the field, as well as limited toilets available inside the swimming baths.

Spectators are very welcome to join us. However we do advise spectators to keep a good distance  from the stations as we cannot accept any responsibility for them getting messy.

The money raised from the ticket sales pays for us to run the event, so every penny raised in sponsorship is really important to help keep the Hospice running, so if you haven’t already please click on the link below and create a JustGiving page.

To say thank you for supporting someone in our community, we’ll exchange your first £15 for a mini water pistol and then a bag of paint for every additional £10 you raise after that. To exchange your sponsorship simply bring a screenshot of your JustGiving account or drop your sponsorship form and money to a member of the team in the Sponsorship Team.

If you missed out, we’re really sorry, but we hope to see you next year!

Unfortunately, our events are often the targets of scam ticket sellers. So, please do not purchase any re-sold tickets for this event. We cannot accept re-sold tickets so please do not be tempted to buy from people offering to sell tickets as these tickets are often not genuine and entry will not be allowed.

The evolution of our classic Paint Runner.

The Messy Runner is a unique event combining some of the world’s wackiest fun run elements into one. Enjoy the colour of powdered paint, get wet, wild and windy with super soakers and a wind tunnel, feel the squidge with a slime pit and relish in the thrill an obstacle course.

Extending the fun further, The Messy Runner kicks off with entertainment from 10am on the main stage and a epic foam party when you return from your run.

To run or not to run?

If the run itself isn’t for you, or if your friends and family would like to pelt you with paint or soak you with water on your race, why not volunteer to be a volunteer. We have plenty of spaces available and would love you to come and help us. Click the button below to register your interest and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Ready for a blast?

Summer 2023. Think fun. Think St Michael’s Hospice Messy Runner.

Soak up the summer spirit on Saturday 17th June by getting messy along our easy three-kilometre course featuring a number of wacky stations.


The Run

Messy Runner is not a race; in fact, you don’t even have to run. Come along with a smile and an expectation to have fun. You’ll start clean but after finishing the 3K course you’ll be a multi-coloured, messy delight. There is water and a nice treat at the end of the run.

You’ll be guided around the route and through the TEN stations by signage and marshalls. Children should be accompanied at all times, especially as part of the route.


Make sure you’re raring to go:

09:30 Registration opens

09:50 Roddy Hankins opens the stage

10:30 Mass paint release

10:45 Registration closes

10:50 Starlight Dance warm-up

11:00 Messy Runner starts

12.30 Foam Party

13:30 Event closes

Paint Runner

Still need convincing?

For everything you need to know, click the FAQ’s tab.

Everything you need to know

  • What is the paint, slime and foam made of?
    The powder paint is made from natural corn starch and is non-toxic, 100% safe and biodegradable. The dye is food grade tested, and although you can eat it, we strongly advise not to (not least because it won’t be tasty)!
  • What is the minimum age for children to take part?
    We welcome all ages but would strongly recommend that the event might not be suitable for children under 8 years of age. If children younger than 8 are taking part, we’d suggest they wear a face covering to avoid the paint as best they can.
  • What should we wear?
    Wear trainers or secure footwear, but only things you don’t mind getting messy. The paint washes out, but we can’t guarantee it! You’ll get a wristband when you register. We recommend children and those with respiratory issues wear a bandana that can cover their mouth/nose when passing through Paint Stations. Only bring things you don’t mind carrying as there isn’t a baggage area.
  • How do we get clean afterwards?
    There are changing facilities provided by Halo Leisure so you can get changed. If you don’t, we recommend that you leave a towel in your car to cover your seat, or spare clothes to put on top of your running gear to ensure you get as little mess as possible on your seat. St Michael’s Hospice cannot be held responsible for any damage or paint getting on participants, vehicles, public transport or private property.
  • Can we bring MP3 players, etc?
    You can, but St Michael’s Hospice cannot accept responsibility for them. There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the course for you and we’ll have a photographer to upload some bright snaps of the day on Facebook.
  • What’s on-site?
    The main arena is where you’ll find the party; but you might also want to check out some of the other offerings on the day:
  • Refreshments: We have a refreshments tent serving hot and cold snacks, ice creams and drinks. What’s more, all money raised goes to the event total!
  • Merchandise: We’ve got our merchandise tent selling paint, t-shirts, tutus, wigs and more so bring those extra pennies and get wacky!
  • Safety measures
    If you have a skin allergy or respiratory condition we would recommend that you don’t take part or that you consult your doctor for advice. For little ones, we recommend wearing a mask or bandana and some eye protection just to be on the safe side!
  • Spectators
    Spectators are very welcome to join us. We do advise spectators to keep a good distance from the Paint Stations as we cannot accept responsibility for them accidentally being showered in powder paint.

Entry includes:

  • Pre-event Entertainment
  • Messy Runner wristband
  • Ten wacky stations
  • Signed and marshalled route
  • Event photography
  • Bottle of water and sweet treat at the finish
  • Epic Foam Party
Early Bird Entry
Before 17th April
Standard Entry
Before 15th June
Adult Ticket£14.00£18.00
Child Ticket£7.00£9.00
Quad Ticket
2 adults + 2 children
Paint Summer
Paint Runner

Do more, get messier…

Our minimum sponsorship target for each of you is just £15.
£15 will pay for a specialist therapy session for one of our patients to aid relaxation and reduce anxiety. To say thank you for supporting someone of our community, we’ll exchange your first £15 for a water pistol and then a bag of paint for every additional £10 you raise after that.

To exchange your sponsorship simply bring a screenshot of your JustGiving account or drop your sponsorship form and money with one of the Events Team.

Easy Garage picture

Owner/Director Darren said how much the Hospice means personally to him, and wife Beth, so sponsoring this event was a great way to support the Hospice and those in the wider community.

At Easy Garage, they provide servicing, MOTs, repairs and so much more for your car, light van or light goods vehicle (up to 3,000kg design gross weight). Why not book your van or car servicing and MOT in Hereford together for convenience and get a discounted MOT at the same time. We have serval different packages and tiers of service, from Bronze to Platinum to suit all budgets.

We are thrilled to welcome Fluidmaster as our Paint Station sponsors for 2023. Fluidmaster is a family-owned manufacturer of plumbing solutions, founded in the USA in 1957 by inventor, engineer and philanthropist, Mr Schoepe. With a focus on toilet repair and installation solutions and water management products, the company now has offices and manufacturing centres across the world. Fluidmaster UK, based in Hereford, is proud to maintain the company’s values of community and charity and each year supports local and national charities on recommendation of employees and their families. This year the company is pleased to be able to offer sponsorship of two ‘Paint Stations’ at Messy Runner, for St Michael’s Hospice.