KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Runners are a real inspiration

Tony the Fridge
Tony the Fridge
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I’m in full Forest Gump mode this week after watching the London Marathon. It’s so inspiring watching it on television, so I can’t even imagine what it’s like to actually be there in real life, it must be amazing.

Not only that but this last week I also had a brilliant opportunity to not only meet, but interview a total hero of mine, Tony The Fridge.

I’ve followed Tony for years, watching his huge running achievements while carrying the infamous fridge on his back.

I’m always impressed when anyone completes the Great North Run, but Tony does so much more than that. He runs with a fridge on his back AND he also completed thirty Great North Runs in 30 days. I can’t even begin to get my head round that!

This week we filmed an episode for Chatty Lasses on the topic of charity and challenges and I really wanted to get Tony on as a guest, so I tracked down his phone number and nervously (because I’m canny star struck by him) gave him a call.

To my delight he said he’d love to come on the show and even better than that, he’s already a regular viewer and loves the show (I was buzzing!).

It’s fair to say that when it came to filming, this is the only episode where us Chatty Lasses weren’t that chatty. In fact we just sat open mouthed and listened to the incredible stories Tony had to tell about the challenges he has completed and the money he has raised for charity.

Also on the show we had the lovely Colin Burgin-Plews, who many people may know better as The Big Pink Dress.

Colin runs at a range of events from 10k runs to marathons in a giant, big, pink dress, which impressively he makes himself (which totally puts me to shame as I can’t even sew). I’ve got to give a big shout out to Colin as he completed the London Marathon last week too and has further added to the tens of thousands he has raised for Breast Cancer Now.

Now as you’ll know if you are a regular reader of my column, I’ve got a few runs coming up and I really want to challenge myself this year and push to get some personal best times.

Sometimes when I run, I get the odd negative voice in my head reminding me how hard the run is, how heavy my legs are or how tired I am, but this year, having met Colin and Tony and seen the pain they have gone through in their running challenges I can honestly say that reminding myself of them will banish those voices from my head.

I’m really going to go for it, flat out and run through my barriers.

Tony and Colin have been great inspiration to me this last week and are absolute heroes in my book. So, if you’re looking to hear two brilliant stories that are guaranteed to totally motivate you, then follow me on Twitter @KatieBulmer1 and look out for my tweets to let you know when their episode of Chatty Lasses in going to be on the telly box.

Until next week, stay motivated and be positive.