Modesty just intact

Participants in the fund-raising mankini run.
Participants in the fund-raising mankini run.

Weathering driving rain and gusting gails, a troop of chill-braving mankini and bikini wearers ran six miles to raise funds for charity.

Braving freezing temperatures, abrasive sands and getting more than a few raised eyebrows from startled dog-walkers, the big-hearted runners were on course to raise over £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK from their six-mile scantily-clad stint along the Northumberland coast.

And it’s not the first time that some of the fund-raisers have donned the outfits in the middle of winter.

Led by Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager Ryan Thompson, the runners, donned in jaunty, festive swim wear, made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, Borat, ran from the inn in Seahouses to Bamburgh Castle and back again.

“It was alright on the way there but the rain and the wind in our faces coming back made it really hard work – I’ve never had to do anything like that before, but I’m proud we’ve all done it for such a worthwhile cause,” said Ryan.

“People were cheering us on along the way, which kept us going. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us with sponsorship too.

“So far, we’ve raised over £1,600 and we’re on target to beat the £2,000 we raise ddoing the run last year for Parkinson’s. It’s a charity very close to our hearts.”

• To give a donation, go to or make a donation at The Bamburgh Castle Inn.