SHOPPERS did a double take as a furry monster ran down High Street West in Sunderland.
Hidden under the costume was charity champ Jamie Glover, from Whitburn, in training for the London Marathon, which takes place this weekend.
The 19-year-old Newcastle University student is running the marathon on Sunday for the second time and this year is doing it in aid of St Claire’s Hospice in Jarrow.
Jamie, who also works part-time in a call centre, decided to fund-raise for the hospice after grandfather George Combe, 69, was looked after there before his death in August 2009 from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining caused by asbestos.
Up for a challenge, Jamie decided to do the 26-mile run through the capital in costume, after donning the cartoon monster outfit for a friend’s fancy dress party.
The run from his home in Cornthwaite Drive, to Newcastle, via Sunderland city centre, was his first while dressed in the furry jumpsuit.
But Jamie, who is studying financial mathematics with management at Newcastle, has been in training since November and takes regular runs along the Sunderland coastline.
He said: “The hospice could do so much for him that we couldn’t, so that is why I wanted to raise money for them. I’ve set myself a modest target of £1,000, as I’m at university.
“I’ve raised £500 already, so I’m really pushing the fund-raising over the next week and we’re going to have a dress down day at work.”
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/jamie-glover.