Check out the Big Pink Dress's fabulous Great North Run frock

Iconic fundraiser the Big Pink Dress has revealed his incredible new frock in time for Sunday's Great North Run.

Friday, 7th September 2018, 10:10 am
Updated Friday, 7th September 2018, 10:11 am
Colin Burgin-Plews in his new dress for the Great North Run.

Colin Burgin-Plews has spent seven weeks making his latest creation - which features around 1,000 selfie pictures he’s taken with people at a range of Great Run events.

The colourful creation, which weighs in at around two stone, also incorporates a giant wig crafted to look like the Tyne Bridge.

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Colin will be adding the finishing touches to the ensemble - sponsored by BST Fabrics - when he appears at the Junior and Mini Great North Run on Saturday.

At the event, Colin will take on the role of a radio presenter and stop for photos with sporting youngsters taking part which will also feature on the frock.

Colin, 50, said he hopes to raise around £2,000 from his efforts for charity Breast Cancer Now.

He said: “It has taken so much time to make, around six or seven weeks, when normally it just takes a few days.

Colin Burgin-Plews in his new dress for the Great North Run.

“But it is 100% worth it. It features 1,000 photos ironed onto the fabric, as well as photos of Great Run T-shirts and medals from over the years.

“It looks really good and I am really pleased with it.

“I haven’t gone on the scales with it yet, but I think it will wight around two stone - one of my lightest yet.”

At the start of the race in Sunday, Colin will be in the celebrity pen as one of the people starting the race off.

Colin Burgin-Plews in his latest creation.

Once he reaches the end, there will be another reward for him.

He will be presented with the Points of Light award.

The prestigious honour is handed out on behalf of the Prime Minister to recognise inspirational volunteers who are making a change in their community.

The award - which will recognise Colin’s dedication to fundraising over the years - comes at a fitting time as the aim of his latest frock is to thank those who have supported him in his efforts to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Colin Burgin-Plews models his latest Big Pink Dress.

The half marathon will be Colin’s fifth Great North Run - wearing one of his trademark dresses - and Colin can’t wait to take part once again.

The dad from Talbot Road, South Shields, said: “I can’t wait Its the best race there is.

“I am hoping to get out for a training run with the dress in tonight to see it works and would like to get round the race as quickly as possible.”

Money for the charity has been raised through donations in exchange for a having tribute messages on roses and poppies that adorn the bottom of the dress.

One rose is in tribute to South Shields couple Chloe Ruterford and Liam Curry who were killed in the Manchester arena attack.

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Colin in one of his trademark outfits