McAndrew running the London Marathon in 2009
|Born||Tracey Jane McAndrew
6 November 1973
Belle Isle, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Paul Hardcastle (m. 2004)|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
McAndrew first signed up with a modelling agency as the result of a suggestion by her hairdresser. She started her modelling career as a catalogue and magazine model and as a Marilyn Monroe lookalike. For a modelling assignment in Germany, she was required to shave her head. In the UK, she first appeared on television as one of the hostesses on the game show Man O Man in 1996. She later appeared in the Daily Star as a Page Three girl but it was her role as the Lara Croft model for the video game Tomb Raider between 1998 and 1999 that brought her to the public's attention. McAndrew was fired from her stint as Croft in 1999 after posing nude for Playboy. This was partly due to Playboy printing references to Lara Croft and Tomb Raider on the cover, which were removed when Eidos, the maker of the game, threatened a lawsuit.
She has had a television career as a presenter on Racing Rivals, Born to Fight, It's a Knockout and The Big Breakfast. She has been a contestant on various gameshows and reality shows including Fort Boyard, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrities Under Pressure, Family Fortunes and Dancing On Ice.
Her first fitness video, Peak Energy was released in 2002 and became a best seller. It was followed up by Maximum Impact in December 2003 and Ultimate Challenge, Ultimate Results in December 2004.
McAndrew has been part of a number of PR campaigns for Yorkshire Water, including a digital version of her in their Sewer Raider item on the company website. She also fronted an advertising campaign for Activia Yoghurt.
In January 2009, McAndrew helped Benenden Healthcare Society, a mutual not-for-profit healthcare organisation, launch their "Fresh Start, Get on Track" campaign, appearing in nationwide radio interviews and online webchats.
McAndrew's time in the 2005 London Marathon was fast enough that she qualified to run in the elite women's race in future events. Having recently given birth, she ran the 2007 London Marathon at a more sedate pace with her mother.
With a marathon personal best time of 3:08:25, McAndrew was aiming for her first sub-three-hour marathon in the 2012 London Marathon: "2:59:59 I'd be ecstatic, but if I could get anything under 3:08 I've still got a personal best, which is still amazing, but it's just that kind of magic number of three hours ... I just want to get under that three hours." She went on to finish the race in 2:54:39, beating her previous personal best by 13 minutes and 46 seconds. Subsequently commentators Steve Cram and Brendan Foster noted that only 88 British women had run a sub-3-hour marathon during 2011.
|2004||2004 London Marathon||London, UK||3376th||3:22:29|
|2005||2005 London Marathon||London, UK||2017th||3:10:51|
|2008||2008 Great North Run †||Newcastle upon Tyne, UK||579th||1:29:23|
|2009||2009 London Marathon||London, UK||1712th||3:10:20|
|2010||2010 Great North Run †||Newcastle upon Tyne, UK||312th||1:26:30|
|2011||2011 London Marathon||London, UK||1653rd||3:08:25|
|2011||2011 Great North Run †||Newcastle upon Tyne, UK||359th||1:25:11|
|2012||2012 Bath Half Marathon||Bath, UK||163rd||1:21:53|
|2012||National Lottery Olympic Park Run ‡||London, UK||56th (1st woman to finish)||29:21|
|2012||2012 London Marathon||London, UK||742nd ¥||2:54:39|
Family and personal lifeEdit
After announcing their engagement in September 2004, she married property developer Paul Hardcastle twice – first in November 2004 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, then again at a marriage blessing in December 2004 in Dubai. McAndrew and her husband have a son, Devon, born on 24 August 2006.
McAndrew gave birth to her second child, a daughter, named Anya on 21 March 2013. Anya weighed in at 7 lb 10oz.
McAndrew has supported a range of charities including Breast cancer awareness, Help The Aged, the British Heart Foundation, DebRA, Cancer Research UK, the Lymphoma Association and SSAFA.She is also a Vice president of the Leeds Rugby Foundation charity.
McAndrew ran for the Alzheimer's Society in the Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle in September 2010. In March 2012 she set a personal best half marathon time of 1:21.54 whilst running for Cancer Research UK at the Bath Half Marathon.
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