Lon­don’s call­ing for marathon ef­fort in the name of char­ity


MARATHON NOR­WOOD will be the best rep­re­sented Jewish char­ity at Sun­day’s Flora Lon­don Marathon with a team of 21 run­ners putting their limbs on the line.

Great-grand­mother and power walker Flora Frank, of Edg­ware, will be tak­ing part in her 17th marathon. She has al­ready com­pleted 11 Lon­don races as well as two in New York and three in Tiberias. She is also rais­ing funds for Emu­nah.

First-timer Kevin Woot­ton, 25, will go around the course in a cos­tume. Yet to de­cide which dis­guise to wear, he is tak­ing part as he be­lieves that “Nor­wood is a fan­tas­tic char­ity that car­ries out vi­tal work with chil­dren and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity”.

Nor­wood trustee Ron­nie Har­ris, 56, is tak­ing part in his eighth race. Their other run­ners are: Robert Dagul, An­drea Fraque­lli, Si­mon Gold­stein, Philip Green, Nigel Henry, Daniel Hertz, Barry Hol­lis, Paul L Hu­ber­man, Lee Ja­cobs, Daniel Lewis, Daniel Lip­shaw, Si­mon Lip­shaw, Lil­lian Mayer, Neville New­man, David Rosen­feld, Andrew Shaw, Matt Welck and James Alt­man.

Kisharon have eight run­ners en­tered. For North-West Lon­doner Oliver San­ders, Sun­day is the first of a three­part ‘Iron Man’ en­durance chal­lenge which cul­mi­nates in a long dis­tance triathlon — 4km swim, 180km cy­cle, and 42km run — in July. The char­ity is boast­ing its high­est turnout with a teacher, a grand­fa­ther and peo­ple fly­ing over from Is­rael in­cluded in their line-up. Aaron Mor­ris, Eli Black, Ami Elkus, Phillip Selby, Meyer Fhima, Brian Res­nick and Joseph Maxwell, an­other first-timer, are also in the team.

The group hopes to raise more than £1,200 to sup­port Kisharon’s role in ed­u­cat­ing and car­ing for Jewish chil­dren and adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Nightin­gale’s team con­tains seven run­ners. The del­e­ga­tion is headed by Rabbi Henry Sous­san.

The 43-year-old from Leeds hopes to raise £800 and has en­joyed an in­juryfree train­ing regime.

Si­mon Itkin, who has a 95-year-old aunt at the char­ity’s Lady Woolf ward, hopes to raise more than £2,500. Michael Stokes, Sam Feller, Cathy Buck­ing­ham and Laura Jane Jack­son com­plete the team.

Jewish Care’s team range in age from 19 to 49. Lee Ben­son is the baby of the squad. He hopes to fin­ish inside five and a half hours and raise £1,500.

James Gar­ner, 31, a quan­tity sur­veyor from Bushey, said: “My train­ing has been gru­elling but en­joy­able. I’ve been run­ning up to 45 miles a week in all con­di­tions, in­clud­ing the re­cent snow.” He hopes to raise £2,000.

Tax con­sul­tant Richard Cahill, 27, from Finch­ley, will be ful­fill­ing a life­long am­bi­tion when he runs the Lon­don Marathon for the first time.

Home­opath Karin Hirsch has been train­ing five days a week. With do­na­tions to­talling £2,000 spurring her on.

Emu­nah’s team of four — Martin Fine, Aryeh Rich­man, Adrian Co­hen and Gary Perl­mut­ter — hope to raise £25,000 for a 24-hour hot­line at the Cri­sis and In­ter­ven­tion Cen­tre in Sderot.

Mac­cabi GB, in part­ner­ship with UJIA, will be rep­re­sented by Ben­jamin Beren­blat, 35, and Abi­gail Pin­nick, daugh­ter of Team GB’s Mac­cabiah Games head of del­e­ga­tion, David Pin­nick, 52, who is a six-time en­trant. He hopes to raise £1,500 for Chil­dren with Leukaemia.

Lance Joseph hopes to raise £50,000 for Lon­don-based char­ity Jewish Blind & Dis­abled. Other run­ners tak­ing part in­clude so­lic­i­tor David Wise, 41, who is run­ning on be­half of Shaare Zedek. Barry Sil­ver­man, 36, hopes to raise £4,500 for Wizo UK while £3,000 will go to the Prostate Can­cer char­ity via South African run­ner Lisa On­nie .

Dr Abi­gael San is run­ning for the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety. Hav­ing con­quered the course in 2001 and New York in 2004, her ef­forts have seen the 31-year-old raise £8,000 for mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis. She hopes to raise £5,000.

Diana Lipton hopes to raise more than £17,000 for Heart UK. She took up the marathon chal­lenge in Jan­uary, a month af­ter her hus­band, Prof Peter Lipton, died un­ex­pect­edly.

Joanna Goor­ney is run­ning the Lon­don cir­cuit for the third time. Glen­thorne United foot­baller Robert Donn Su­tart Na­gler, Doron Kristal are also tak­ing part.

In the mini-marathon, Cam­den run­ner Han­nah Viner is rais­ing money for Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal where her cousin is a pa­tient. The 11-year-old at­tends South Hamp­stead High School and is a mem­ber of Bel­size Square Syn­a­gogue. Other run­ners in­clude El­liott Gross­man, 14, and 11-year-old’s Daniel Reuben and Samuel Flit­ter­man.

See full preview at www.thejc.com. To fea­ture in our race re­view email your fin­ish­ing time, quote, photo with medal and amount raised to edi­to­rial@ thejc.com by noon on Mon­day.

Run­ning mates: ( from left) Joanna Goor­ney, El­liott Gross­man, Richard Cahill, Karin Hirsch, Ron­nie Har­ris, James Gar­ner, Flora Frank

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