South Shields Park Run going pink for breast cancer awareness

South Shields Park Run is going pink with the Big Pink Dress Colin Burgin-Plews to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
South Shields Park Run is going pink with the Big Pink Dress Colin Burgin-Plews to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A popular running event in South Shields is going pink to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The South Shields Park Run is getting a makeover for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For one week only, fundraiser Colin Burgin-Plews, better known as the Big Pink Dress, is inviting people to ‘Wear It Pink’ and take part in the 5k run.

The free event takes place on Saturday and kicks off on the Leas, opposite the Bamburgh pub, at 9am.

People of all abilities are welcome to take part in the run, which takes a scenic route along the Coast Road to Marsden Bank then back along the cliff tops, finishing on the Promenade outside the Sand Dancer pub.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck is going along to show her support and 150 people are already signed up to take part. The Sand Dancer will be opening early to sell refreshments to runners.

Those wishing to take part can register online at www.parkrun.org.uk, print off their bar code and take it along with them.

Colin is also taking on the London Marathon next year, in his big pink dress, to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

Go to, www.justgiving.com/bigpinkdressvlm16 to make a donation.

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