Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Virgin Money London Marathon actually took place in virtual fashion this year - and two runners taking part in Los Angeles got one heck of a surprise from the ambassador of the marathon: Prince Harry!
Prince Harry was "so laid-back"
Prince Harry surprised Chudney Espiritu and her husband Mark, who explained the stunning encounter in an Instagram post: "We were supposed to run the 40th London Marathon last April, then COVID happened. The marathon was moved to October 4, but COVID is still happening, so the actual race was changed to a virtual one. Runners have the option to run this year’s virtual marathon & still keep a spot in 2021, 2022 or 2023 (pretty awesome work by the organizers)."
"They decided to still keep 2020 as the 40th year. So, the virtual marathon tomorrow has its own app, tracking, cut-off times & they would send medals when you actually finish the race. London Marathon reached out to us since they are looking for L.A. runners," Chudney continued. "They asked if we have an inspiring story to tell behind our love of running. Mark emailed them back- 'My wife has an inspiring story to tell.'"
So Chudney wrote an essay about her cancer journey explained that running changed her "life for the better" - she also revealed that she decided to still run the virtual marathon because it is the 40th time it is happening and it was supposed to be her 40th marathon as well.
"I got an email & we were told that the London Marathon ambassador will meet with us. That day was today & we found out that the ambassador was the Duke of Sussex! Prince Harry!!!"
"He is so laid-back and very down to earth. He actually asked if it is okay for us to sit on the floor. The interview was more of like a chat with a friend. What an experience this was. I never imagined myself chatting with Prince Harry. This is one for the books. I will never forget this day."
What a great gesture by Prince Harry, who has been the patron of the famous London marathon since 2011 and has attended the event every year since then except for 2014...!