At 6ft 6in, Breast Cancer Now supporter Colin Plews, 47, from South Shields cuts a striking figure in his big pink dress. The ‘Big Pink Dress’ was born last year, after one of Colin’s closest friends developed breast cancer.
After wiggling through the Great North Run in 2014, Colin also completed the London Marathon this year. To date he has raised over £10,500 for Breast Cancer Now.
Amazingly, Colin tripped over his pink dress about seven miles into the London Marathon and broke two toes, but still completed the course in some style.
For this year’s Morrisons Great North Run, Colin has a copycat fundraiser in young Ruby, aged 5. The two first met at the launch of the Great North 10km. Ruby’s mother had been invited to be at the launch alongside Colin.
While the official photographs were being taken, Ruby started using her mum’s phone to take selfies with Colin in the background! She told Colin that she loved his dress and that he looked beautiful. Colin asked if Ruby would like her own dress and she was thrilled.
Colin and Ruby then went on BBC Newcastle for an interview and the rest is history. Ruby is an incredible girl, always smiling and singing, even though she has constantly been in and out of hospital after being born with a growth disorder.
The organisers of the Morrisons Great North Run 2015 invited them both to run the Mini Great North Run on Saturday 12 September as it would make a great story, and they are being interviewed by the BBC on the day.
Colin says: “Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. Big or small, old or young, male or female. So let’s join together and fight it that way.”
Ruby says: “We are like a tag team, like Tom and Jerry and Ant and Dec.”