PMG on Rainbow Duty

June 28, 2016 12:13 pm Published by

If you’ve ever wondered who cleans up after the annual charity Rainbow Run held each June in Bristol where brightly coloured powder paint and tickertape is thrown at participants as they complete the 5k course – we’ve got the answer – it’s us!

A PMG sweeper team is on hand ready to spring into action when the day’s event is over. This year 3,100 people including Bristol born comedian Justin Lee Collins turned up to combine having fun with raising money for the Children’s Hospice South Westcharity. Their pristine white outfits were transformed into individual works of art as trained marshals daubed powder paint on them at five different stations along the route. 


The event raised over £130,000 and took place on the picturesque Clifton Downs.  But it wasn’t just the runners and walkers that ended up daubed in rainbow colours. Along the route roads and grass were also sprinkled with the 100% natural, non-toxic and biodegradable paint which is where we came in. It was our job to sweep up the tickertape and jet wash everything down to make sure that all traces of paint were gone. The contents of the sweeper were returned to be processed at our specialist on site recycling facility.

In her thank you message to us, enclosing this lovely photograph,Children’s Hospice South West Events Fundraiser Emma McKeown wrote: “Team PMG – thank you so much for your energy, enthusiasm and continued support of Rainbow Run. We had a fantastic day with over 3100 participants and we hope to raise over £130,000 from the event which is just incredible.  Your driver was fab as always and helped ensure we left the site clean and tidy after the thousands descended on us!”


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