THERE will no chance of missing this South Tyneside diva as he gets set to take part in the world’s biggest half-marathon.
Colin Plews has gone all out to raise funds for Breast Cancer Campaign, which carries out research into the disease, in this year’s Great North Run.
The 46-year-old from Talbot Road, South Shields, who is 6ft 6in tall and weighs 19st, makes for an impressive sight dressed in a feathery pink ball gown.
He’s sure to attract plenty of attention as he runs the gruelling 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields.
The care home chef said: “A friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and to be honest I felt a bit useless that there was nothing I could do.
“She got the all clear a few weeks ago, but I thought I’d try to raise some funds by doing the Great North Run, and here I am.”
Colin, who lives with finance Cath Burgin, 46, and son Ollie, 15, has impressively made his outfit himself, but despite going on regular training runs, he’s not yet practised in all his finery.
As well as wearing a wig he’s also padded himself out with “womanly curves”.
Colin, who has taken part in the Great North Run eight times, said: “There’s no way I am running through the streets dressed like this. I will just put it on during the day and hope for the best.
“If it rains on the day I think I will gain about 4st in weight, and if it’s warm, well, I will be sweltering.
“I’m not setting a target time, my main aim is just to finish the run on the same day as everyone else.”
So far, Colin has raised £770, and if he reaches £1,000 before the run on Sunday, September 7, he will even dye his beard pink.
Everyone who has sponsored him will also have their name written on a pink ribbon, which will then be sewn onto his dress.
He said: “This is such an important charity and cancer affects so many lives. I am hoping to raise as much as possible by making a bit of a fool of myself.
“Mind, by taking part in this, it’s also made me realise I’m quite a good dress maker!”
To sponsor Colin, visit www.justgiving.com/Colin-Plews.
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