Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Get your trainers on for charity

It may well have been said on occasion that I have a face for radio, and now it seems that that is true, as yesterday saw me co-present the Sunday breakfast show on Sun FM with the lovely Tim West. It was super fun and a big thank you to everyone who tuned in, and for the lovely messages.

Monday, 27th March 2017, 12:15 pm
Colin Burgin-Plews

One of my favourite things in life is learning new skills, and boy is there a lot to learn in the wonderful world of radio, it really is quite incredible how all the technology works, but thankfully the geek in me loves it.

When me and Tim aren’t talking radio, our other favourite topic (more so mine than his I think), is running, and like me he is currently in full training mode for the Sunderland 10k. It’s not far away now, and by the end of this week as we move into April, me and my fellow runners will be saying ‘the 10k is next month’.

One of my favourite people, Mr Colin Burgin-Plews, aka Big Pink Dress, is going to be officially starting the run, and last week he hit the streets of Sunderland to walk the route ahead of May 7.

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For anyone who doesn’t know Colin, he is one of the most lovely people I’ve ever met and the heart and effort he puts into raising charitable funds is simply incredible. He takes part in all kinds of runs and challenges and organises charity nights, which in itself is highly commendable, but to take things to new heights he does it all dressed in a giant pink dress and head gear, which I must add, he makes himself! Now that’s one talented guy.

If Colin can make it around the course in a big (in this case red and white) dress, carrying the weight of it and coping with the increased heat it brings, to raise money for a range of charities, I’m pretty certain that we can all have a good go at it in our gym gear.

There are many charities in Sunderland that could do with some extra fundraising help and deserve recognition for the work they do in the city, so why not bite the bullet and get involved in the 10k and in the process help out a local charity. There is still time to enter, it’s not too late to start training and you can really make a difference.

There are people I speak to about running who say they don’t think they could do it, or they aren’t fit enough. But the truth is the body is capable of great things, you don’t have to run the whole course, it’s totally fine to walk too if you need to and you will be very proud of yourself when you cross the finish line.

So what are you waiting for? Get registered (there is still time), get your trainers on, help out a local charity and do something great for yourself, your health and a city charity.

Don’t forget to tune in to Sun FM on Sundays 6.00-9.00am from some running banter from me and Tim!