Two Power Rangers will be putting their superpowers to good use on October 25 when they take on the 10-mile Morrisons Great South Run for a local cause.
The group, who spend most of their spare time parading the streets of Portsmouth dressed as TV characters, the Power Rangers, started the venture as a random bit of fun in 2014 and soon became local celebrities.
Now they’re in high demand at a number of charity fundraising events around Hampshire, including weddings and school fun days, where they raise money for local charities.
Two of the Rangers, Heather Pullan, 27, and Dan Hood, 24, will be joining up to 25,000 runners on the start line of this year’s Great South Run in the hope of raising over £400 for The Rainbow Centre, a charity which supports children and adults with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and those recovering from a stroke or head injury.
Heather, of St Andrew’s Road in Southsea, said: ‘Portsmouth Power Rangers started as a bit of fun in May last year and we never expected it to be so popular.
‘We wanted to do something a bit random, but after we saw the reactions on people’s faces as we walked around in our costumes, we soon realised we could put this to good use.
‘We started getting phone calls from people asking how much we charged, but we didn’t really want anyone to pay us.
‘The Rainbow Centre is an amazing local charity who, unfortunately, aren’t lucky enough to get direct government funding. We really want to help them in any way that we can.
‘Events like the Morrisons Great South Run are great for us to get our name out there, especially as we will be running in our Power Ranger costumes on the day.
‘We’ve been training in the evenings, but we’re nowhere near 10 miles yet.
‘Hopefully we’ll make it round with a little help from our friends, family and of course the other three Rangers supporting us around the track.’
The Rainbow Centre helps participants learn the everyday skills that many people take for granted such as sitting, speaking and even walking. The charity works to transform the participant’s lives through a unique system of learning called Conductive Education, which helps to develop new neural pathways to undamaged parts of the brain.
To sponsor Heather and Dan, or to donate to The Rainbow Centre, visit the fundraising page at http://tinyurl.com/od7sskp
The Morrisons Great South Run course takes in Portsmouth landmarks including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, and ends with a final two miles along Southsea seafront and is the world’s leading 10-mile running event. Enter at www.greatrun.org/south.