MoonWalk, Gumball, and Colour Me Rad hit city

Edinburgh Moonwalk. Picture: Neil Hanna
Edinburgh Moonwalk. Picture: Neil Hanna
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THE Capital was truly a colourful place to be at the weekend as the city played host to a series of events.

More than 4500 pink-clad people took part in the MoonWalk challenge narrowly avoiding torrential downpours when heavy rain dried up minutes before the first participants set off.

Meadows Festival. Picture:  Alan Rennie

Meadows Festival. Picture: Alan Rennie

This year’s theme of ‘Superheroes’ ensured some out of this world bra designs were on display at Inverleith Park before the walkers headed on to one of four courses shortly before midnight on Saturday.

The last of the walkers crossed the finishing line at 3pm yesterday, with organisers hoping to raise £2 million this year to combat breast cancer.

It was the turn of the petrol heads to take over the streets yesterday morning as the wacky Gumball Rally 3000 came to town. Thousands cheered as drivers, including TV star Jonathan Ross, showed off their supercars, including luxury models from Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

At Ingliston things were equally colourful as runners took part in the Colour Me Rad 5k charity runabout as they were pelted with bags of corn starch of every hue.

Jonathan Ross and son Harvey Kirby. Picture: Alan Rennie

Jonathan Ross and son Harvey Kirby. Picture: Alan Rennie

And adding to Edinburgh’s hectic schedule, the Meadows Festival drew large crowds to enjoy music and activities in warm sunshine,

Weather forecasters had predicted a stormy experience for the MoonWalk entrants, with rain bursts expected to add to the surreal spectacle.

Although walkers huddled in a giant tent in the hours before start time to stay dry, the showers came to an end just in time.

The MoonWalk also joined forces with the Gumball Rally whose organisers flew in a decorated bra – signed by race participants such as Tinie Tempah – from Miami.

An estimated 125 luxury vehicles are taking part in the Gumball Rally, which started in Miami last week. Nicola Wood, 33, a former Miss Scotland and Miss UK, joined the rally with husband Garreth, 35, a company director from Edinburgh, to raise money on behalf of charity When You Wish Upon A Star. The couple – who experienced heartbreak last year with the loss of their premature triplets – are driving a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe.