In the run-up to the 2011 Tokyo Marathon I reached out to CNN to see if they’d be interested in an alternative take on Japan’s biggest race. They were, and so we arranged to meet up in Komazawa Olympic Park for a road test.

On the day of the marathon they had two camera crews following the action, one in our studio and one out on the road with me.

Note how sure I am that “I will never do this again!:”

Little did I know that it would come to be a core part of my life ahead.

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