TERRY Brown and Ian McDonald may have many personal battles in front of them — but nothing quite like this.
With Brown's Aldershot Town team on the verge of promotion to the Nationwide Conference and McDonald's Farnborough counterparts expected to consolidate their place in the top flight for next season, the pair look set to go head-to-head with local pride at stake.
But although the management duo have only met on a couple of occasions, they are well aware that this is a battle with a difference, where personal pride takes number one priority, closely followed by the need to raise money for charity.
Brown, 50, and McDonald, 49, will be swapping their football boots for their running shoes on Sunday April 27 to take part in Logan's Run - a popular local 10km event run in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
Although both Brown and McDonald are successful coaches, renowned for their hands-on approach on the training field, they have both taken a back seat this year in order to concentrate on managing behind the scenes. This then will come as a bit of a shock.
Their light-hearted involvement in this event is also expected to help enhance the relationship between the two clubs either side of Rushmoor.
Fans and club officials will be asked to join together to support both managers, while raising much-needed funds for the Farnham-based Hospice, which requires around £8,000 a day to continue its sterling work.
McDonald said: "It's an honour to be asked to do this for such as worthwhile cause. Luckily it's in April though because I think I need a bit of time to get ready for it.
"I'd say I was 3-1 with Terry as 2-1on favourite."
Brown added: "I wouldn't bet on me beating anyone. I fully intend to finish the race but he (Macca) has run all sorts of marathons so I won't be keeping up with him."
The Shots boss added: "I have started training though, I ran down to the papaer shop to buy a copy of the News & Mail this morning."
Brown has been manager of Aldershot Town since March 2002 and in that time has ensured the vital community relationships that the club encourages. More importantly for the fans, he has also taken them seven points clear at the top of Ryman League premier division.
His counterpart McDonald has only been in charge of Farnborough a month following the departure of Graham Westley, but it's an appointment which has already brought the two clubs closer together, such is his "legendary" status down the road at the Recreation Ground.
He has been responsible for bringing the "feel-good" factor back to the club, while his people skills are already contributing to a greater togetherness at Cherrywood Road.
Ways of which you can help will be unveiled shortly.
The pair will be joined by an anticipated field of around 250 runners at Eelmoor Common, Rushmoor Arena.
Logan's Run is now in its third year and is supported jointly by Rushmoor Borough Council, the Aldershot, Farnham & District Athletics Club, Hampshire Constabulary and the Defence Land Agency.
The race is held in memory of Ian Logan, who was a popular athlete from the AFD club who died aged 41 in 1997. Last year, several of Ian's relatives travelled down from Newcastle to join the 200 other runners taking part in the race.
In a family feast of entertainment, the race will be opened by a local mascot and celebrity, while various other side shows and attractions will be on hand to entertain the non-runners from the sidelines.
In addition to the 10km event, there is also a 3,000m Family Fun Run.
If you would like to participate in either race and join the two bosses, please contact Chris Whittingham at Rushmoor Borough Council on (01252) 398740 or by email email@example.com for an application and sponsorship form.
For further information on how you can help support the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice on the day or in the future, please contact Graham Brookland on (01252) 729400 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org,uk.