"On the 22nd of April I am going to do something crazy," emails Streatham & Brixton ace and the world's 21,702nd best chess player Rob Thomas. "I am taking my 'svelte' body on a 26 mile jaunt around our Capital City, passing many famous landmarks along the way and have even arranged a small crowd to cheer me on.
"Of course this insane undertaking is the London Marathon and I am actually running on behalf of a very good cause. My sponsored charity, Hact (Housing Associations' Charitable Trust), helps those far less fortunate than us find a place to live. They are pioneers in housing solutions for people on the margins, identifying emerging need, and then develop, test and promote practical solutions for social inclusion.
"I invite you all to check out my sponsorship page and hope you will be able to contribute something towards this good cause. Your help will also encourage and motivate me as the training runs keep on getting longer and longer!"