Michael asked me to nominate our daughter Zhanna (named after Zhanna Block) who will celebrate her 9th birthday the day the torch comes to Norwich. As she is under 12 I wish to nominate Michael instead. We met when I was 18, he is 20 years my senior. When a teenager Michaels' family moved abroad & he remained in the UK. At 15 this affected him deeply & he dabbled in petty crime & drug use. Prison life reignited a childhood love of running - in plimsolls around the yard! The discipline and freedom this gave enabled him to rebuild his life. He has had no convictions for 20+ years & has spent the last 10 caring for the elderly. He runs regularly and competes in half and full marathons. His love of running inspired me, I lost 7+ stones in weight giving me the confidence to fulfil my own ambitions. We both hope to run London next year. 10 years on from meeting we enjoy life with our 3 children whom we also hope will be inspired by sport. Although I know Michael would think his story unremarkable I believe it gives hope to the nations troubled youth & shows how a love of sport can greatly improve lives. Michael's enthusiasm as not only benefited him but changed my life also, I could never have imagined running a half marathon as I did in November 09. It would be the most amazing honour for him to partake in this & if his daughter Zhanna could hold his hand throughout it would make his LIFE - I just know it. After all he has given me it would be my way to say thank you.