Mary Bear Taylor’s champion costume running
Mary Bear Taylor is a legend in her home town of Silsden during this crisis. She is running every day in fancy dress to bring a smile to people’s faces as they cope with lockdown and raise funds for the local Airedale Hospital.
Silsden in West Yorkshire has had to adapt in these uncertain times due to the coronavirus outbreak. The restrictions have made life difficult for the local community but a costumed runner with a big heart and an effervescent sense of humour has lifted everyone’s spirits. Mary Bear Taylor dances and waves to people on her daily runs and together with her colourful collection of outfits, is the highlight of their day.
Mary started running in 2018 and is passionate about the sport. She's also passionate about fancy dress which she and her friends would wear on nights out. Then the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the UK with the subsequent lockdown; rather than sit at home Mary put on a fancy dress costume and decided to go for a run taking her daughter Isabella with her.
The positive reaction she received led to her repeating this on a regular basis choosing from a collection of over 30 costumes which includes Cruella de Vil, a panda, Mrs Incredible and a Greek goddess. Her favourite is a Roman centurion that received a salute from two police officers during her run.
She heads out the door at 10am each morning in fancy dress to run around Silsden. To show her support for the NHS, she set a fundraising target of £500.
Mary has also launched a fancy dress competition for children in Silsden and the winning design will be made into a costume for her to wear.
Her JustGiving page is still open for donations.
Image courtesy of Mary Bear Taylor