"I was delighted to be asked to be Telegraph team captain for 2010, following in the footsteps of some great names in British sport. I was delighted, too, that it was as non-running captain, because I really hate running. the furthest I have every run is 90 minutes from box to box.
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Ardiles joins an illustrious list of Telegraph team captains which includes Zara Phillips and Des Lynam, the Olympic gold medallist Tim Brabants, and former boxer Michael Watson.
"Every year the London Marathon is an amazing event in which thousands and thousands of people give their time and effort to run for charities and enjoy the exhausting experience of running a marathon," said Ardiles.
"What inspires them is the cause they are running for. I think it is amazing that the Telegraph/Brain and Spine Foundation teams have raised 1.2 million pounds for the Foundation, which obviously does great things for those suffering from those conditions. I have heard great things about teams and individuals who volunteer to run every year."
"What is great, too, is that the Telegraph team runners are a team, and get together before the event and are given advice and support to prepare for the big day.
"From my playing days, with Spurs in England and with Argentina, and then afterwards in football management, I always found that it is being a part of a team that often spurs you on to greater things from yourself, and can take you on to winning trophies, leagues, and even The World Cup."
"In this case, it is about going the extra mile, and when the body is tired and drained, keeping going down the Embankment and past Buckingham Palace and into The Mall to the finish line in April next year.
"Team members will have begun their training already, and will be putting in the hard miles over the Christmas holidays. Good luck in that and stay fit. Every member of the team knows that they are part of the team, and that every step taken will enable them to raise money for the Foundation on marathon day."
Ardiles will meet the Telegraph/B &S team with Gary Lewin, the England football team's head physiotherapist, at Emirates Stadium on Jan 14, when the runners receive practical help and advice on completing the event on race day.
Telegraph/Brain and Spine Foundation Virgin London Marathon team 2010
Elizabeth Ashley, Viktoria Becker, Matthew Benson, Jamie Biggs, Kate Boyman, Sharon Broughan, Kimberley Brown, Simon Browne, Neil Burgin, Honor Cann, Richard Coberman, Bob Cooper, Mark Costin, Paul Crawford, Paul Davies, Patrick Dempsey, Andrew Elder, Julie Fletcher, Andrew Grant, Tricia Haines, Graham Harris, Gemma Hebden, Sarah Himelfield, Vicki Hodges, Debby Howard, Will Jelf, Gordon Knox, Andrea Lane, Will Lewis, Andy Porter, Gareth Lloyd, Chris Lloyd, Mark De Boer Lloyd, Cameron Macphail, Bob Newman, Lucy Owen, Nami Patel, Mark Read, David Riley, Lee Rockingham, Emily Rose, John Salmon, Carl Sault, Andrew Porter, Randall Smyth, Lisa Stewart, Simon Wagner, Steve Whitmore, Jeremy Wilson, Steve Wilson, Louise Buckner, Michael Howard-Kishi, Laura Perry, David Phillips, Alan Sanders, Traci Thorne, Nick Westlake, James Anderson, Wendy Bilsby, John Burrell, Kevin Goodings, Stuart Lee, Steve Lightburn, Jonathan Swann, Adam Willis.