A COURAGEOUS quintet of chill-braving mankini wearers are getting set to run for charity.
Braving freezing temperatures, abrasive sands and getting more than a few raised eyebrows along the way, the bighearted runners are on a mankini-mission to raise funds for Parkinson’s charity during a six-mile beach run along the Northumberland coast.
Led by Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager Ryan Thompson, the quartet, clad in lime green mankinis made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, Borat, will run from the inn, to Bamburgh and back, on Saturday, December from 10am.
Ryan said: “For the second year running we’re doing our mankini run to raise funds for Parkinson’s. It seems we’re crazier than ever. We hate the cold but here we are again getting ready to do the run in freezing temperatures wearing just our mankinis, trainers and a smile. What’s more, there are others mad enough to join us this year too, including a female runner, who will be taking part in a bikini.
“It was freezing last time we did the run and it’s even worse knowing what we’re going to face this year, but it’s worth it knowing we’re raising funds for a great cause.
“Our customers, friends and family have been amazingly supportive, so we knew we had to do the run again. The fact others are joining in this year is brilliant, so we’re well on target to beat last year’s amount of £2,000 that we raised.
“We set off wanting to create a challenge that was pretty much bonkers and would attract a lot of attention so people would get behind us and back what we were doing – and together we’re doing just that.”
Joining Ryan on the ‘Chilly Willy Run’ is colleague Jason Liddell.
Jason, of Seahouses, said: “Parkinson’s is a charity close to all of our hearts, as a friend of ours has been diagnosed with the illness. It’s all about doing our bit for charity, having a laugh and making people smile at the same time.
You can support Jason and Ryan by going to http://www.justgiving.com/Sami-Liddell1 or making a donation at the inn.