Ricky Wilson: Marathon Man… (ish)

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs - Ricky on far left

Anyone who has witnessed the jumping flea antics of Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson would be forgiven for thinking he’s among the fittest men in indie rock. After all, he’ll be doing more jumps, runs, twists and leaps in one concert than your average basketball player gets through in a week (probably).

However, his physical prowess was put to the test last weekend, reports the Sun, as he attempted to complete the London Marathon. Ricky had been running to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause dear to the band’s heart after the father of Kaisers drummer Nick Hodgson was diagnosed with the disease last year.

He clearly felt confident about it, too. Why else would he send out this jokey tweet on the night before the race: “is it too late to start the training?”

Cometh the hour, cometh the indielympian. As the runners lined up on Sunday morning, the competition was as fierce as the hot spring sunshine. Tom Smith and Russell Leetch of the band Editors were there, ready to take on the 26.2 mile challenge, but they don’t move around anywhere near as much as Ricky does on stage. An easy win for the Kaisers, then?

Well no. In the end, Tom and Russell made it in a total of 4 hours 15 minutes, using a combination of fraternal support and iron will. Ricky was not so lucky. He managed 24 miles before collapsing — it really was astonishingly hot and sunny on Sunday — and being carried off by paramedics.

Which might look to some people like a kind of failure on Ricky’s part, but let’s be clear here… TWENTY-FOUR MILES? ON FOOT? VOLUNTARILY? That dude is a Kaiser AND a Chief in our book.

Here he is, in happier, bonier times:

Admit it, how far would you have made it round? Tell us here.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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