Fed up with the appalling weather? Floods getting you down? Well, Backchat may have the answer.

One underwriter at Dickson Manchester Underwriting has signed himself up for the Marathon des Sables. Runners head into the Sahara for seven days and 150 miles.

And how is Andrew Macpherson preparing for the ordeal? "I'm already training with sand in my jock strap."

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Andrew should contact 0207 680 2901. The money will go to the St Loye's Foundation, which trains the disabled.