Hull boss Phil Brown takes on Great North Run challenge
There are plenty of people who would like Phil Brown to go and take a running jump.
Well on Sunday they will finally get their wish, well half of it, when the controversial Hull manager takes part in the Great North Run.
Brown always likes to think of himself as well connected and it is one of his oldest associations which has landed him in it this time.
The boyhood Mackem was taught chemistry by race organiser Brendan Foster and the former long distance runner felt it was time to call in a favour.
"I've always wanted to do the run if truth be known, but have never had the time or inclination to do it," said Brown.
"My old chemistry teacher, Brendan Foster, who is involved in organising the event gave me a call and asked if I'd like to run so I said yes."
Typical of Brown he aims to beat the time he clocked when he last ran a half marathon 30 years ago when he was but a lad.
And if he doesn't he will donate £5,000 to Hull's charity Yorkshire Cancer Research.
"It's a charity that's close to my heart as I lost both my parents to cancer," he said.
"The only other occasion on which I've done a half marathon was when I was 21 years old so if 30 years on I can beat that time I'll be a happy man.
"I've also put a bit of pressure on myself in that respect because if I don't beat the time that I set previously all those years ago then I will be donating an additional £5,000 to the charity."