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.
Today they are running 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 on the London Marathon for their personal cause.
They resolved to take on the race while on the train together last year, on their way to a Heads Together event with the Royals as they, in their own words, got “swept away in the moment”.
Jonny, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when he was 20, has spoken frankly about his own mental health …