Movember Madness! We look at the good, the bad and the hairy from the world of sport
08:47 GMT, 30 November 2012
Razors at the ready! It's nearly the end of Movember and mo brothers (and sisters) all around the world are feeling a sense of relief that their unsightly upper lip growth can finally be trimmed and tamed.
But their fine efforts have helped raise millions for charity and raise awareness of prostate and other male cancers – with the world of sport doing its bit too.
Sportsmail takes a look at some of the sporting mo bros and assesses their attempts.
Michael Owen – 9/10
A great deal of respect for Owen's fabulous effort – those handlebars must have taken some intricate trimming and hours in front of the mirror, but Michael was willing to take on the challenge.
He's not shy either, posting regular self-effacing updates on Twitter and going live on Sky Sports in full high definition glory.
Top effort: Michael Owen has gone to great lengths with his handlebar style Movember moustache – and isn't afraid to show it off on TV
Hashtag tash: Owen has been keeping us informed via his Twitter account of Movember progress
What's more, Owen and the other Stoke boys have made a team effort and raised thousands for charity. Well done.
P.s. Not too sure about Peter Crouch though, looks a bit pubescent. He did lose three teeth last night, so we'll probably let him off…
Mo bros: Peter Crouch was struggling a little with his attempt (left) but Leon Osman's (right) was making good progress in the month he made his international debut
Leon Osman – 6/10
The Everton and England midfielder was rising to the Movember challenge mid-month with his north-of-the-mouth only growth.
He may regret in the future that all the pictures of his England debut against Sweden will feature the fur though.
However, last night against Arsenal, it appeared that things had reached a kind of plateau, with no discernible growth (or, dare I say it, a good trim) having occurred.
Tailing off: But on the evidence of Wednesday night, it seems Osman's tashe had reached the peak of its powers by the middle of the month
Theo Walcott – 8/10
Theo has fully embraced the spirit of Movember and isn't afraid to flaunt it – just looks at this cheeky close-up pose and oh-so-smooth training ground stroking.
This is a tache that has been manicured to perfection and, unlike most people, the stubble actually seems to suit him.
Smooth operator: High marks for Theo Walcott whose Movember stubble has been manicured to perfection
Sam Allardyce – 8/10
Just because their moustache is 80 per cent grey hairs, it doesn't preclude managers from joining the Movember party.
As ever, Big Sam Allardyce has led the way and, judging by this carefree expression, this is a man comfortable in his own hair.
Effortless: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has completed Movember effortlessly
Matt Taylor – 6/10
Where Big Sam leads, the dressing room follows. Matt Taylor was sporting this neatly curved effort against Manchester United last night, with a little bridge in the middle.
But to judge by the second photo, he wasn't all-too-keen to put the tache on display.
Curve: Matt Taylor has made a good effort with an arc of a tache but didn't want to show it off last night (right)
Leighton Baines – 5/10
Bit hard to pass proper judgement from these match shots, but Baines seems to have a decent crop of black stubble on his upper lip.
Not a great deal to show for a month's effort though so we can't go above a five.
Shadow: Leighton Baines appears to have been making an attempt at Movember
Jonny Bairstow – 10/10
Absolutely glorious effort from the England batsman, whose eye-catching fiery red handlebars even caught the eye of the Mayor of London.
There must have been serious temptation to lop it all off in the Indian heat, but the Yorkshireman has stuck with it and raised several hundred quid.
Best in grow: Even Boris was impressed by Jonny Bairstow's tashe
Clarke Carlisle – 8/10
It's been a busy month for PFA Chairman Carlisle as he made a return to Northampton Town, which may explain why he didn't have time to shave.
The result, as has been pointed out on Twitter, is more than a passing resemblance to Hot Chocolate frontman Errol Brown.
Busy time: Clarke Carlisle moved back to Northampton in Movember
Toby Flood – 9/10
Nice attempt from England stand off Flood, whose shaggy, out of control tache gives him a bit of edge.
We're not sure it's scary enough to deter a New Zealand onslaught this Saturday though.
Movember maul: Toby Flood (left) has made a very good effort with his wild tashe, but Aussie captain David Pocock's is indistinguishable amongst a mass of stubble
David Pocock – 3/10
Sure, Aussie captain Pocock has a moustache going there but for Movember it needs to be a bold statement.
His upper lip stubble is just lost in a mass of gingery growth.
Mouritz Botha – 9/10
Good show from England's Botha, whose horseshoe-shaped moustache betrays the natural tint of his hair beneath that mop of bleached straw blonde.
We thought horseshoes could be lucky, but there's been little good fortune for England in the autumn internationals so far.
Natural: Mouritz Botha has truly excelled himself with his movember efforts
Richie McCaw – 7/10
Nice thick upper lip from the All Blacks' McCaw and a neatly tailored parting in the middle. The look compliments his spiky hairstyle and could well be another secret of New Zealand's success.
Spiky: New Zealand's Richie McCaw has been sporting a very neatly maintained upper lip
Padraig Harrington – 10/10
Credit where it's due for the Irishman, who has grown a movember moustache to perfectly suit the contours of his smile.
And who would be able to resist that
All smiles: Padraig Harrington can be rightfully proud of his facial hair this month
Louis Oosthuizen – 8/10
Healthy, jet black moustache on the face of South African Oosthuizen who in this picture is testing the wind direction – both with his hand and the sweep of his facial hair.
Graham Onions – 7/10
Mid-month progress in this official portrait for England's tour of India and some good thatch on show from Onions. He's clearly made a good effort to shave the rest of his face to bolden the impact too.
Movember momentum: Golfer Louis Oosthuizen (left) and cricketer Graham Onions had no trouble
Cian Healy – 8/10
There's a neat symmetry to the Irishman's attempt, with well-defined sandy brown patches both north and south of that mouth belting out the national anthem.
Standing tall: Cian Healy has a good symmetry to his tufts of facial hair