Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age?

Entrants must be 3 years of age and over to take part in Madmess 5K, and all under 16’s must be accompanied by a participating adult. 

Is there on-site parking?

There is parking at the showground in the field, but we do ask participants to car share if possible. 

What time does it all start?

Your start time will depend on which wave you are entered into.

Wave One - registration opens at 10am with the wave starts at 11am

Wave Two - registration opens at 11am with the wave starts at 12pm

Do I need to specify which wave I want to go in?

Yes you will need to select which wave you would like to be in when you register for the event. If you would like to change your wave, just let us know and we will do our best to change your wave if there is still spaces available. 

Is there anywhere I can put my personal belongings?

Unfortunately there won’t be a bag store at the ground so please remember that any bags or belongings you bring along will need to be carried during the event or locked in your car on the event site. 

Can I bring pets?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate pets or animals at the event except for Guide Dogs.

Can I bring alcohol?

Alcohol is not to be consumed at the event start or during Madmess 5K due to health and safety restrictions. Anyone who is considered ‘under the influence’ will not be permitted to take part.

When is the closing date for entries?

Online entries will close on Wednesday 25th September. However unless the event is sold out we will allow participants to sign up on the day. 

When will I get my t-shirt?

You will collect your Madmess 5K t-shirt on the day at registration. 

What sizes are the t-shirts?

Small Child – 22/25”

Medium Child – 30/32”

Large Child – 35/37”

Small Adult – 35/37”

Medium Adult – 38/40”

Large Adult – 41/43”

X-Large Adult – 44/46”

Is the glitter bio-degradable?

Ensuring that the environment doesn't suffer at the hands of our fundraising efforts, we have sourced environmentally friendly glitter for this event. Please see below for ingredient information for each the glitter we will be using:

What are the bubbles?

The foam mixture we use is completely safe. In fact the creamy foam has the same viscosity as water and does not contain any soap at all. It is safe for people with nut allergies and gluten intolerance.

Slight stinging in your eyes may occur, however the pH balance is very low. Just be careful when wiping your eyes with your hands if they have frothy suds all over them. We suggest you pack an old towel to take around with you to remove excess foam after you’ve finished in the bubbles, and having some extra towels in the car for the journey home – or better still a change of clothes!

We have tested the foam mixture on all manner of humans without issue. The mixture that we use is drier than most foam; therefore you won’t be soaked and won’t be slipping around in the foam.

What is in the paint?

The powder paint is safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and easy to clean as it rinses off with water. 

Do I have to go through all of the stations?

It’s no problem at all to miss out a station, you can go around any of the stations if you wish to. All stations will be manned with volunteers.

How long is the route?

The route is 5km 

Where does the route go?

The route circles around the North Somerset Showground grounds, on the grass the whole time.

Will there be any 'up hill' sections?

The route is relatively flat and doesn’t include any large hills

Can I walk the route?

You are welcome to walk, jog, run or even dance all the way to the glitter finish line! Madmess is not a race and is not a timed event.

How many people can I bring along?

You can come as an individual, as a pair or set up a team as large as you want - the more the merrier!

Is training necessary?

This event is for all abilities, but it is advisable that you prepare yourself for the 5km and feel comfortable with the distance, especially if you are not used to running. 

What shall I wear?

All participants will be given a Madmess t-shirt at registration to wear. We recommend you wear something that you don’t mind getting a bit messy as the bubbles and paint can stain, and dark on the bottom like shorts or gym leggings. Please wear suitable footwear such as trainers. 

What else should I bring?

A small back pack that you can take with you around the course to carry goggles, water and some old towels to clean up excess foam. We suggest bringing a change of clothes and shoes, as well as a towel, so you can dry down after the event. If you want to take a phone or camera on the route then please do put it into a protective, waterproof bag.

Is fancy dress allowed?

Yes, please feel free to dress up and be as creative and colourful as possible to really make you and your family, friends and work mates stand out! There will be the opportunity to purchase merchandise on the day too.

Will there be any water available?

We ask all participants to bring enough water to keep themselves hydrated throughout the 5K. There will be water available at the finish line. 

Will there be toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets in the event village to use before you start and when you return. 

Rules of entry

Before you take part, please read the event Rules of Entry.

What happens to my data?

Please see our Supporter Privacy Policy for further information.


Is there a minimum amount you need to raise?

We have not set a minimum sponsorship amount that you need to raise, but we would encourage everybody to raise as much as possible, because every penny counts. Your entry fee will help us cover the cost of organising the event, so it is vitally important that you raise sponsorship money on top of your entry fee. You should have received your sponsorship forms and fundraising tips in the welcome pack to help you boost your sponsor money.


Walking is not for me but can I help in any other way?

Yes! You can help by volunteering on the day to help us with registration, parking, marshalling and many other important roles. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact the Fundraising office on or e-mail