On your marks, get set... Equity Insurance Group is sponsoring the Brentwood Half Marathon which is taking place on Sunday 12 March and, as an added incentive, has promised to donate £250 to the charity of choice of the highest placed insurance male and female runners.

Cash has been frantically changing hands in the Backchat office over possible frontrunners. Robert Hiscox, Lord Hunt of Wirral and Lord Levene have all been suggested, leading the cynics among us to suggest a more appropriate wager would be which one of the esteemed gents makes it to the finish line at all.