On January 14, 2008, Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn met for the first time on Waterloo Bridge: the former in such despair he was ready to jump, and the latter the unexpected good Samaritan who intervened.
With a promise that “things can get better” and an invitation for coffee, Neil successfully talked Jonny back to safety before they went their separate ways.
Eight years later, thanks to a nationwide social media campaign to “Find Mike” – Jonny’s nickname for the man who saved his life – the pair were reunited in an extraordinary moment in the public eye.
On Sunday they will run 26.2 miles along the streets of London together, as they take on the challenge of a lifetime in aid of mental health charity Heads Together.
Jonny, 30, and Neil, 34, are among the remarkable cohort of runners invited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to take …