A former editor was forced to run around his old patch in fancy dress after losing a bet to a friend.
James Higgins, who used to edit South Cumbrian daily The Mail, took the streets of Barrow-in-Furness dressed as one of the ‘118 Men’ from the directory enquiries advertising campaigns after engaging in a charity wager.
James had bet he could run 90 miles, the length of Hadrian’s Wall, quicker than his friend Matt Johnson.
He subsequently undertook a fancy dress 5k run in Barrow after coming second in the challenge.
James, who now runs PR firm 32West, told The Mail: “The winner could decide where the money would go, but since we both decided it would go to St Mary’s Hospice, in Ulverston , all that was left was to get it going.
“That was the charity side taken care of, all that was left was the pride and dignity side.”
He added: “I got my first wolf whistle in 25 years so that’s something. I suspect it was ironic.
“I’ve made the most tremendous fool of myself and it was all in the name of a bet, charity and fun.
“I just hoped to bring a smile to maybe one or two people in these difficult times.”