Caroline Wozniacki may be more familiar to sports' fans as the graceful female Tennis player who has been known to win the odd tournament here and there, or perhaps as the former girlfriend of World Number golf player Rory McIroy, but she now has another string to her bow. Last weekend she took on a whole different challenge by competing in the New York Marathon.

Maybe it was because of her very public split from the Irish golfer (she made her decision to take on the challenge shortly after their November wedding was cancelled by McIlroy) and the wish to have something completely different to occupy her mind, but the Dane was true to her word and got round the course in a respectable time of three hours, 26 minutes and 33 seconds (but who's counting?).

Her preparations were not entirely typical or recommended for a novice at the distance, as besides only completing her last competitive match on the WTA tour two weeks ago, she had only managed to run as far as 13 miles in training for the event. Still, the Dane is clearly a very determined woman and becomes the first active professional tennis player to attempt the marathon distance, a feat that was honoured by her good friend Serena Williams at the finish line as she handed over her competitor's medal. Her efforts also helped to raise much needed funds for the charity "Team for Kids", a group set up to encourage young people to be healthy and stay fit.

She is not the first female tennis player to have run a marathon though, as Kimiko Date-Krumm competed in the 2004 London Marathon but that was while she was on a break from tennis.

Wozniacki's time was about a minute quicker than the Japanese woman, but not as quick as the time ran by Andy Murray's current coach, Amelie Mauresmo, who completed the Paris Marathon in 2012 in three hours, 16 minutes and forty-nine seconds !

Spare a thought for former British tennis player and now television presenter / commentator, Andrew Castle, who attempted the London Marathon in 2007 only to collapse with only a mile to the finish. He did at least finish the distance (of sorts) five days later, when he ran the last mile that he should have completed in the race and as reward picked up a special medal that stated "Better late than never". How very true.