A FUNDRAISING giant from South Tyneside has vowed to soldier on with his next race despite breaking his toes – by tripping over his dress – during a marathon.
Colin Plews completed London’s gruelling 26.2 mile challenge in six hours and 14 minutes while wearing a 3st pink dress all in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.
I was all for quitting. I was in so much pain, but then out of nowhere this giant of a guy stopped and shouted at me ‘do not quit, be strong like a bull’.Colin Plews, fundraiser
However, when the 46-year-old, who is 6ft 6in and weighs 19st, reached the seven-mile mark, he tripped over his costume and broke two of his toes on his right foot.
Colin, a care home chef from Talbot Road, South Shields, began his charity mission after a friend was diagnosed with cancer.
He said: “I was doing really well until mile seven, when I caught the front of the dress and slammed my right foot hard onto the ground. The pain was immense.
“At the time I didn’t realise I’d broken two toes.”
At 11 miles, Colin almost gave up, but help came from a fellow giant called ‘Big John Green’ who stood at 6ft 8ins and encouraged him to carry on.
Colin said: “I was all for quitting. I was in so much pain, but then out of nowhere this giant of a guy stopped and shouted at me ‘do not quit, be strong like a bull’.
“He then stayed with me till the end of the 26.2 miles and we crossed the line together.
“I’ve made a friend for life and he’s now going to do the Great North Run with me in September.”
Colin, who is supported by his Big Pink Dress Fundraising Team, has already raised more than £7,600 this year.
And while this Sunday’s Manchester 10k run was in jeopardy because of his injuries, after it was announced at the weekend that Queens Park Rangers’ centre-back Rio Ferdinand had lost his wife Rebecca Ellison to cancer, Colin knew he had to do it.
He said: “I’m not confident at all, but I will make it. I truly wasn’t going to go, but when the news broke about Rio Ferdinand’s wife I wanted to show support for Breast Cancer Campaign, so I will make it, even if I have to crawl.”
To sponsor Colin in Sunday’s run, visit his JustGiving page HERE.