Marathon is Brown's latest challenge

Warwickshire’s academy director and Second XI coach Dougie Brown may be 41 but the former England one-day all-rounder’s fitness levels continue to put some of his young charges to shame.

Brown played his last senior cricket four years ago but he continues to turn out regularly for Barnt Green in the Birmingham & District Premier League and occasionally for the county’s second team.

And he is now in training for this year’s London Marathon, which he will tackle in partnership with his wife, singer Amelia Whiteman.

Neither has run or even attempted a marathon before but Brown, who once spent two weeks trekking through the Sahara Desert to raise money for charity, is undaunted.

“Training is going well and we can’t wait for the challenge,” reports the man who played international cricket for both England and his native Scotland.

“We are supporting the Wooden Spoon charity which helps disadvantaged children physically, mentally, financially or socially.

“It’s a rugby-based charity that harnesses the spirit and values of rugby to give disadvantaged children and young people, in the UK and Ireland, a chance to achieve their full potential in life.”

Brown will continue his training for the marathon, which takes place on April 17, in the build-up to the new season. Amelia Whiteman will combine training with her busy schedule with Elysium III.

She is the sister-in-law of former New Zealand batsman Mark Greatbatch and came to England from New Zealand to train as a soprano.

Donations for Dougie Brown and Amelia Whiteman’s charity marathon run can be made at: http://justgiving.com/Dougie-amp-Amelia-Brown

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