Hardy souls bare (nearly) all for charity

Ryan Thompson, 24, and Jason Liddell.
Ryan Thompson, 24, and Jason Liddell.

TWO brave souls completed a six-mile run in freezing conditions– wearing just trainers and lime green mankinis.

Amid cheers and whistles from a watching crowd, Ryan Thompson, 24, and Jason Liddell, 19, who work at the Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, donned their skimpy swimwear to raise more than £1,000 for Parkinson’s UK.

And despite icy sleet, bitter winds and temperatures struggling to get above zero, Ryan and Jason completed their run from the inn to Bamburgh and back in just over an hour.

Assistant manager Ryan said: “It seemed to fly by, I can’t believe we did it so quickly. I think the freezing cold made us run even quicker.

“To have raised this much money for Parkinson’s is fantastic and well worth the cold and discomfort. We’d greased up well to avoid being chafed and used body tape to make sure we didn’t scare anyone along the route with anything falling out which wasn’t supposed to.”

Bar tender Jason, of Seahouses, said: “The support we’ve had from people has been amazing. We’ve had so many messages on Facebook and loads of people have been coming into The Bamburgh Castle Inn to make donations and wish us well. People were lined up along our route to cheer us on. We were so buoyed up by it all we didn’t really feel the cold, well ,at least for a while.”

The pair were inspired to run for Parkinson’s after a friend was diagnosed with the disease.

Ryan said: “It’s a very worthwhile cause and we wanted to do something completely different to capture people’s interest and encourage them to support us. We’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who gave to our cause and who turned out to support us.”

You can donate at www.justgiving.com/Sami-Liddell or via The Bamburgh Castle Inn.