South Shields gym aims to get Big Pink Dress runner back on track after injury

Big Pink Dress Colin Burgin-Plews
Big Pink Dress Colin Burgin-Plews

Bosses at a South Shields gym are hoping to help a fundraising champ get back on the road with his charity mission.

Colin Burgin-Plews, known as The Man in the Big Pink Dress, announced last week that an injury may mean he’ll never run again.

The 47-year-old, of Talbot Road, South Shields, has just passed the £15,000 mark of his £100,000 fundraising target for charity Breast Cancer Now.

But Colin fears he may not be able to run after finding out he has tenosynovitis, an inflammation and swelling of the tendons in his right ankle.

He believes the injury was brought on after he broke two toes on his right foot when he was seven miles into the London Marathon in May this year.

He suffered the break after tripping over his dress, but carried on to complete the race.

Big Pink Dress Colin Burgin-Plews

Big Pink Dress Colin Burgin-Plews

After seeing the story in the Gazette, bosses at Lifestyle Fitness, in Crossgate, South Shields, got in touch to offer Colin a free year’s membership and personal training sessions to help heal his injury and continue raising cash for his chosen charity.

Jonathan Henderson, a membership consultant at the gym, said: “We saw the story in the paper and thought if someone is doing that much to help other people, then we should do what we can to help him when he needs it.

“I think everyone has a connection to cancer and it’s an important thing that Colin is doing.

“We’ll give him an initial consultation to assess his injury and what he can do to help it heal and talk to him about what exercise he should be doing and his diet, and any supplements he could take to reduce the inflammation.

I’d have no idea how to exercise to help heal my injury so having them help me and let me use the gym for free for a whole year is just unbelievable.

Colin Burgin-Plews

“I’ll do whatever I can to help him raise money for the charity.”

Colin was left almost speechless when told about the gesture. He said: “I really can’t believe it. I’ve been thinking that it’s going to take me so long to hopefully get over my injury and run again.

“I’m honestly just delighted, it’s so nice of them.

“I’d have no idea how to exercise to help heal my injury so having them help me and let me use the gym for free for a whole year is just unbelievable.”

Colin, who stands at 6ft 6in tall and weighs in at 19st, has carried out a number of challenges in his hand-made pink dress to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Now, which carries out research into cancer.

He’s signed up to take part in the next London Marathon in April next year and is still holding out hope that he’ll take part.