Get ready for a lockdown run with a difference - Big Pink Dress style!

A virtual run with a difference is being planned – and it’s something all the family can enjoy.

Colin Burgin-Plews, from South Tyneside, has teamed up with his friend Danny Mitchell to organise the ‘Big Pink virtual run for Change’.

People can cover anything from a 1k to half marathon between Friday, July 24 to Monday, July 27.

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They can pick whichever day they want to run on and choose the distance that’s best for them. They can also run for fun or to fundraise.

Colin Burgin-Plews who has revealed plans for a virtual run.Colin Burgin-Plews who has revealed plans for a virtual run.
Colin Burgin-Plews who has revealed plans for a virtual run.

And Colin – who is known for his charity runs in an array of colourful dresses – explained why the run was so important to him and Danny.

“We thought we would organise something that is a little bit different. This virtual run means that you can raise money for your own cause.

“There are lots of charities which won’t be getting something back from fundraising events which have been cancelled this year and we want to be able to help.”

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Interested people should register for either a 1k, 3k, 5k, 10k or half marathon and then organise their own sponsorship for their own favourite charity separately.

The medal which can be bought as an optional extra after the run.The medal which can be bought as an optional extra after the run.
The medal which can be bought as an optional extra after the run.

Those who complete their distance will get a certificate and a chance to pay £10 to have a medal as well.

Colin added: “This is something that everyone in the family could do. It doesn’t matter if you run, walk or crawl, you can all be involved in it.”

Danny, a fundraising consultant from Newcastle, runs his own business called Change Fundraising which specialises in helping charities to create events.

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He said: “These are difficult times for them. Big running events have been cancelled so we thought ‘why don’t we come up with something where people can run for their chosen cause.”

The other side of the medal.The other side of the medal.
The other side of the medal.

Those interested can register for the ‘Big Pink virtual run for Change’ at

There is a small fee to register and every entry will receive a certificate.

It comes after Colin, who quit his charity work in 2019 to spend more time with his family, organised his 10k Rainbow Dress NHS Walk to say thank you for the support he received while suffering heart problems last year.

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