THE Hoosiers frontman IRWIN SPARKES is set to run the 2011 Virgin London marathon to raise money for charity.
The singer hopes to make $7,500 (£5,00) for U.K.-based support group Samaritans, which provides help and advice over the phone to those in need.
Sparkes admits the prospect of running 26.4 miles (42.2 kilometres) is daunting, but he's determined to finish.
He says, "I'm running for Samaritans to raise awareness of the invaluable help they give to people. This will be my first ever marathon and I just hope I don't finish last, after all those brave runners in massive costumes! The money I raise will help in making sure this worthwhile cause is open round the clock 365 days a year."
His bandmate Alphonso Sharland, adds, "We chose not to run ourselves because we didn't want to show Irwin up by finishing hours before him, even though we would obviously look so much hotter in Lycra running gear! On a serious note, this is an amazing thing Irwin is doing for Samaritans and we are going to support him all the way. We're calling on all our fans to dig-deep and sponsor Irwin in his crazy quest!"