A SOUTH Tyneside charity champion will be lacing up his running boots – and throwing on his dress – to boost the fight against cancer at the London Marathon later this month.
Colin Plews will be wearing a pink dress to raise vital cash for national charity Breast Cancer Campaign at the 26-mile event on Sunday, April 26, in honour of a pal recently diagnosed with the disease.
People have said I’m brave for running in a big pink dress ... but my dear friend Janet is the incredibly brave one.Colin Plews
The 45-year-old, of Talbot Road, South Shields, said: “People have said I’m brave for running in a big pink dress even though I am a 6ft 6in tall and 19-stone ex-forces man, but my dear friend Janet is the incredibly brave one.
“I am now going to do the Virgin Money London Marathon in costume to raise money to fight this horrible disease.
“I’ve heard that the atmosphere at the London Marathon is electric, so I can’t wait to experience it for myself.”
It won’t be his first time he’s got dressed to impress in aid of the cause.
In November, he became an unlikely calendar girl after posing in his eye-catching attire at a host of iconic spots in South Tyneside, all in aid of the cancer charity.
And last September, he donned his glad-rags to complete the Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields, raising £1,420.
He also carried out a post-show collection at a comedy sketch show, the Valentine Laffalang, at the Westovian Theatre in South Shields in February.
For details or to sponsor Colin, visit www.justgiving.com/bigpinkdress2015