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Team Penguin’s Keighley Big 10K challenge
8:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
Among the hundreds of runners taking part in Keighley’s Big 10K tomorrow will be some who would look more suited for the South Pole than the streets of West Yorkshire.
Even though the penguin costumes will make the race particularly difficult for the group, they are treating it as a warm-up for an even more daunting event. In September, 26 people dressed as penguins will cycle the 100 miles from Leeds to Newcastle before taking part in the Great North Run half marathon, all in the hope of raising more than £50,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Organiser John Bretherick, from Ilkley, said: “The costume goes right down to your ankles so you can’t really run, you have to waddle. The Leeds/Newcastle event will be the most ambitious thing we’ve done.”
Other runners taking part in the Big 10K race are Oliver Anderson, of Ilkley, Peter Brown, of Shipley, Andy Ingham, of Bingley, Richard Logan of Wilsden, Jez Burnham and Mark Summerson, both of Burley- in-Wharfedale.
The Keighley Big 10k is expected to attract more that 1,000 runners, all raising money for the local hospice.