I'm not a fit man. I used to play rugby years ago, but now I can barely make it up the stairs without collapsing in a heap. Exercise and me don't play well.
One thing I am good at though is the good old fashioned pub crawl, which is sort of like exercise but with the promise of beer. Maybe that's why when Scott forwarded me this link yesterday, I thought "This is an idea I can get behind!".
Devised by the Street Child charity, the Craft Half is a half- marathon with a difference. Instead of the usual refreshment stall dishing out cups of water and slices of orange, the geniuses who thought up the Craft Half plan on giving runners a half-pint of tasty craft beer every 2 miles. The smartarses among you will have worked that out as 6 and a quarter beers over the course of the 13.1 mile trek around Wimbledon Common, which may make it a bit more intense than trying to complete the Glasgow Subcrawl (but only just). Also with more Wombles (again, only just...).
An entry fee of £25 from each runner is required to take part and each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £150, which will be handed over to the Right to Learn Appeal. This charity aims to fund schooling for some of the world's most vulnerable kids, so while you're staggering around Wimbledon, half-cut and blowing out your arsehole, remember that it's all for a good cause.
I can feel my old army wounds flaring up again (KISS Army that is...), so I won't be able to make it (although if the organizers want to plan one in Glasgow, I actually think this could be a laugh and would give it a go) but good luck to anyone who does take part!