Prince Harry Surprises London Marathon Runners in LA as Race Turns

Prince Harry Surprises London Marathon Runners in LA as Race Turns

10/05/2020

Prince Harry is still able to support some of his patronages from across the pond. The Duke of Sussex, who is a patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, surprised a couple in Los Angeles who was supposed to run the race this year. 

The London Marathon was supposed to take place in April, but was postponed until October due to the coronavirus outbreak. With the pandemic ongoing, the race started on Sunday virtually, with runners around the world participating from their home bases, through an app. 

Chudney Espiritu and her husband, Mark, were a couple of those runners — taking on the 26.2 miles at home in Los Angeles. That’s where Harry surprised them. 

“London Marathon reached out to us since they are looking for LA runners,” Chudney wrote on Instagram. “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.'”

Chudney submitted an essay about her cancer journey, and how running changed her life “for the better.”

“I also mentioned that I decided to still run the virtual marathon because it is their 40th & it is my 40th too!” she shared, noting that she is also “dedicating this run for my mom.”

Chudney and her husband were then told that the London Marathon ambassador in Los Angeles wanted to meet her and Mark. 

“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,” Chudney said, adding that the group wore masks and maintained social distancing. “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. 🤴🏼💙.” 

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Congrats to our very own and husband and wife teammates Mark and Chudney Espiritu being interview by Prince Harry himself the ambassador of London Marathon ❤️❤️❤️ #princeharry @londonmarathon #londonmarathon #londonmarathon2020 Chudney wrote: “So this happened… 😱… 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). Among all the 6 world marathon majors, London Marathon is the toughest to get into. 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 LA runners. 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, they asked me to write an essay & tell them about my story. I did. I told them about my cancer journey, my sudden urge to take care of myself, how Running just changed my life for the better. I also mentioned that I decided to still run the virtual marathon because it is their 40th & it is my 40th too! ☺️ I also wrote that I’m dedicating this run for my mom, who is battling such a brutal disease. 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. 🤴🏼💙 Official photos and video will be emailed to us. This was from Mark’s phone. Prince Harry happily agreed to take pics with our phones and yes there were masks, hand sanitizers & social distncing” ❤️❤️❤

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Congrats to our very own and husband and wife teammates Mark and Chudney Espiritu being interview by Prince Harry himself the ambassador of London Marathon ❤️❤️❤️ #princeharry @londonmarathon #londonmarathon #londonmarathon2020 Chudney wrote: “So this happened… 😱… 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). Among all the 6 world marathon majors, London Marathon is the toughest to get into. 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 LA runners. 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, they asked me to write an essay & tell them about my story. I did. I told them about my cancer journey, my sudden urge to take care of myself, how Running just changed my life for the better. I also mentioned that I decided to still run the virtual marathon because it is their 40th & it is my 40th too! ☺️ I also wrote that I’m dedicating this run for my mom, who is battling such a brutal disease. 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. 🤴🏼💙 Official photos and video will be emailed to us. This was from Mark’s phone. Prince Harry happily agreed to take pics with our phones and yes there were masks, hand sanitizers & social distncing” ❤️❤️❤

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The Duke surprised virtual @LondonMarathon runners in LA, including cancer survivor Chudney Espiritu (whose running for her mom's brain cancer battle) and Eric Schneider, who has run six marathons with three titanium screws in his spinal chord. To find out how this surprise meeting came about check out @3ptriteam post! 👏 The @londonmarathon marathon has gone virtual this year due to the pandemic with the exception of elite athletes who will be able to race in central London. Elite athletes will have to run 19 laps of the downscaled marathon route. Harry has been patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust since 2012, in a special video shared yesterday wished people good luck and praised participants for providing a 'lifeline' for vulnerable people amid the pandemic by raising money for charities. The annual marathon race was due to take place on April 26th but was pushed back to October 4th (today). #duchessofsussex #meghanmarkle #princeharry #britishroyalfamily #royalfamily #royals #archieharrison #londonmarathon #marathon

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Harry — who lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son, Archie — was supposed to attend this year’s London Marathon in person. In his absence, the royal sent a message of encouragement to those participating in the race across the globe. 

🗣️"Thanks to all of you, the extraordinary spirit of the London Marathon will continue to shine across the globe." A special message from the Duke of Sussex to the 45,000 people taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday. ❤️ #LondonMarathon #The40thRace

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See more on Harry in the video below. 

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