Last year I ran the New York City Marathon … and thanks to social media, with a supermodel. It began back in 2012 when scrolling through my Twitter feed I saw that avid runner Christy Turlington Burns had tweeted about the London Marathon. We swapped a couple of messages, including one mentioning that my dad Roger had just run his 715th marathon (he’s currently on 792!)

Three months later and I meet Christy at a conference near where I work in Central London. I wander over to say “hello” and imagine my surprise when she actually remembers the Twitter conversation we’d had just a few months earlier. I guess hearing about someone running that many marathons is quite memorable. So we chat for 10 minutes during which time she asked whether I’d like to run for her ‘Every Mother Counts’ charity team (EMC) in the 2013 New York Marathon. After politely dismissing the idea, a few days later I think “why not”, send her team an email, get accepted, and I’m part of the team!

Central Park Training Run

Ending our 10 mile training run in Central Park – (image credit: Clancy)

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