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Big Pink Dress to Run Sunderland

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Colin Burgin-Plews from South Shields has become a familiar figure in running over the last 12 months, but he still receives double-takes from fellow athletes when he arrives at the start line.

Colin, 47, is better known as the “Big Pink Dress” and the ex-RAF man is hard to miss when in his full costume. Colin will be joining runners for the 2016 Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon just a week after the Virgin Money London Marathon.

“I really wanted to do Sunderland as I love the North East and have previously done 11 Great North Runs and the Great North 10k. Next Year I will do all three, and Sunderland just a week after London… I’m not sure how wise that is!”

Colin’s fundraising caught the eyes of many in 2015 and through his appearances at races as well as in London Marathon and BBC One Show coverage, his fundraising reached an amazing £11,500 for his chosen charity Breast Cancer Now.

It all started for the chef 2 years ago when he dressed up as Diana Ross for a Stars In Their Eyes themed show at a care home where he worked. The Dress was so well received he decided to do the Great North Run in it, not realising until he got to the start line how tight it was! Colin, husband to Catherine and Dad to Ollie (16) got so much good feedback from doing the event that he went on to run London in 2015 in full dress.


“About 2 years ago my great friend Janet Bruce, 47, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and to watch her go through all the pain and hair loss was horrendous…I just wanted to do something to help make sure in the future no one has to worry about dying from Breast Cancer”

Colin told us the support he has had from ESPA College Sunderland and Big Pink Fundraising days as well as hearing great feedback from the 2015 events spurred him on to take part in the Sunderland HM and he was one of the first to sign up. We doubt you will miss him as you run alongside!

We wish Colin the very best of luck with his fundraising and a fantastic run in 2016.

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