Half the preparation for the Half on the 20th has been extensive begging for sponsorship (for CLIC - Cancer and Leukemia in Childhood), including at the Sailing Club (the cancer survivor in question is an 11 year old sailor). From a twelve-year old sailor:
"You're going to do what?"
"Run a half marathon."
A 90 second pause ensued, in which he looked at me very carefully, and thought how to phrase his next question.
"It's not like sailing races, is it, where you get timed out if you're too slow, is it?"
But in the boy's defence, he and his twin sister dug deep into their pockets and their mother made the difference up to five quid!