Any insurance types out there fancy a 333km four-day race through the Sahara?

Thought not. But one intrepid QBE underwriter is braving the searing heat of the desert for charity. Step forward Andrew Macpherson, who is undertaking the extreme ultra-running challenge on 6 November to raise funds for Little Havens Children's Hospice.

Backchat salutes you, sir, and will be on hand with a drip feed of ice-cold beer at the finish line in Agadez.

And we will assuage our guilt at not taking part by supporting Andrew's endeavours where it counts - the hip pocket - at .