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One man and a big blue dress!

One runner joining the hundreds at the recent People's Run 2 Remember 5km events made sure he stood out from the crowd – in a big blue RAF Benevolent Fund dress.

Colin Burgin-Plews in his big blue dress

Colin Burgin-Plews, a former RAF chef, has become something of a local celebrity in South Shields, where he lives, for running in big colourful outfits raising funds for charity.

The 47-year-old said: "It is all about getting noticed. If you want to raise money – get noticed. I was shy before I joined the RAF and it really brought me lout of my shell, giving something back is the least I could do. If I can do something for a good cause then I don’t mind making a fool out of myself."

Colin, who served at RAF Brize Norton from 1988 to 1994, was taking part in the People's Run 2 Remember in Sunderland for the first time.

He added: "I've still got all my friends from the RAF and I've seen some lads struggling so the RAF Benevolent Fund is a charity that is close to me. The RAF is like family, you never lose your RAF mates. When I decided to do the People’s Run 2 Remember it was always going to be for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

"I had amazing support on the day. People were cheering, people wanted selfies, the press wanted pictures too. I had to walk the race because of my injury and when I got to the finish they were all lined up to clap me in. It was brilliant. I'll definitely do it again next year."

Colin is hoping to run next year's London Marathon, if an injury to his right ankle heals in time. He is aiming to add to his tally of £15,000 raised for Breast Cancer Care.

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