Colin Murray faces mankini dash after Euro 2016 qualifying winning streak
Published 10/12/2015 | 17:11
Broadcaster Colin Murray is set to bare almost all in a dash across Belfast after living to regret an ill-advised tweet about his beloved Northern Ireland football team.
The international side's amazing feat of qualifying for the European Championships for the first time has left Murray ruing a rash Twitter moment when France 2016 was still but a dream.
He tweeted: "If Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016 I'll run thru Belfast in a green mankini. Without any shame whatsoever."
The Talksport presenter and former Match Of The Day 2 host has vowed to stick to his word on Boxing Day. But he has also issued a rallying call for support.
Murray wants 100 fellow fans to take on the early-morning challenge with him in aid of charity, all wearing either green bikinis or mankinis.
He also wants fellow celebrity supporters like Ash's Tim Wheeler, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and world boxing champion Carl Frampton, and ex-players David Healy and Keith Gillespie, to don the Borat-style get-up for the eye-catching jaunt.
"I had two options," said Murray.
"To do it at 4am on my own like a coward or pull on that mankini loud and proud.
"I'm buzzing that we qualified and I'm hell-bent on turning my stupid tweet into an amazing event. It'll be a right laugh. Registering is easy and we will have one central fundraising page.
"And ladies, I'm afraid you aren't safe either. I'm asking men to wear mankinis and women can join in too in a green bikini or swimsuit."
He added "Frampton. Wheeler. Lightbody. Gillespie. Healy. Don't you dare avoid my calls.
"Come on. Almost everyone is off work, it's the season of good will and it's a chance to have a proper laugh along the way.
"It'll be Baltic but the walk will be brisk and short, and the result will be warm and wonderful."
All proceeds are going to Frame Football in Northern Ireland, which brings children with physical disabilities together to play an adapted game that suits their needs.
Information on how to take part of donate is available on www.irishfa.com