Belper Bananas, Pigs and Superheroes Wanted for Great North Run

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The British Red Cross in Derbyshire is making an unusual plea: for bananas, pigs, bears, giraffes, dinosaurs, and ‘celebrities’ to take part in the Great North Run for the charity.

The Great North Run is the world famous half marathon that goes from Newcastle to South Shields and takes place on Sunday 7 September. The Red Cross still has a limited number of guaranteed charity places left for this event.

Alex Gadsby, Community Fundraiser for the Red Cross in Derbyshire, said: “Taking on an event like the Great North Run is brilliant anyway. But if you do it in fancy dress it is so much more fun. You feel like a hero as the crowd roars that much louder as you run by (or waddle by, depending on costume), and your fellow runners shout encouragement too. Plus, you’ll probably be photographed for the papers and even shown or interviewed on the telly!


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