Benton, who was mistaken for a potato and a coconut – not to mention an altogether more intimate type of ‘nut’ – was in fact dressed as a walnut (allegedly) for his fund-raising feat.

The press ancillaries expert ran alongside friend and testicular cancer-survivor Mike Deed and was one of 32 runners raising cash for Orchid at the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon last month.

Benton was said to be the only one of the 32 crazy enough to wear the charity’s nut costumer in support of its message to men everywhere: “Check your nuts!”

He finished in a very respectable time of 01:45:16 – ranking him in 2,597th place of the 16,000 runners who took part in the event. The fastest male time on the day was 01:09:07.