It was sudden and completely unexpected / undiagnosed. She was 22 years old and studying film and television at Leeds University following in my footsteps as a TV Producer.
I had some serious trouble getting back to run the Marathon after getting stuck out in Bangkok, Thailand due to the volcanic ash cloud.
I had been out in Cambodia setting up filming for a programme on Channel 4 with Gordon Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape). I only managed to get a flight in the 11th hour that got me in to London the night before at 9.30pm.
Naturally I was terribly jetlagged and the race proved a real struggle despite heavy training. I did however have the pleasure of overtaking Gordon at around mile 9 and giving him a bit of encouragement before speeding off.
He, unfortunately, had to drop out due to injury just a few miles later.
I fortunately completed the race in 3 hours 55 minutes and raised £10,187.01 for CRY.