Marathon­mem­o­riesstill­hauntme

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

SUN­DAY’S LON­DON Marathon brought back some of my most painful sport­ing mem­o­ries. I limped home in the 2001 race in just un­der seven hours af­ter suf­fer­ing se­verely sprained an­kle lig­a­ments. That was not the worst of it though. Get­ting over­taken by a 75-yearold and some­one dressed up as a rhino rubbed salt into my wounds.

Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons’s Scott Levy de­fied the odds to raise £3,700 for Whizz-kidz at the Paris Marathon last week. His ex­pe­ri­ence was sim­i­lar to mine. His knee gave way af­ter just four miles, forc­ing him to hob­ble the re­main­ing 22. “It was the worst thing I have ever done,” said Levy, “but the good news is never again.” He fin­ished in around six hours.

Over the years, I have been crit­i­cised for be­ing an arm­chair sup­porter. It is not through lack of try­ing as get­ting a ticket to watch Liver­pool th­ese days is nigh on im­pos­si­ble.

How­ever, I was for­tu­nate enough to get one for the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal sec­ond leg against and Arse­nal last week. What a game it was.

An­field was rock­ing as the reds over­came the Goon­ers af­ter scor­ing four goals with the team’s Euro­pean ex­pe­ri­ence see­ing them through.

Granted, Arse­nal played the bet­ter foot­ball but the An­field fac­tor, when the Kop was in fine voice through­out, helped the team through.

Now on to Chelsea whose boss Avram Grant will try to do what his pre­de­ces­sor Jose Mour­inho failed to; get the team into the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

Grant has been knocked and ridiculed since tak­ing over, and if Liver­pool don’t win the com­pe­ti­tion, I would love him to lead Chelsea to sil­ver­ware.

For­mer Win­gate & Finch­ley cap­tain, Andrew My­ers, who kindly gave me a lift to Liver­pool, has de­nied ru­mours that he is con­sid­er­ing tak­ing part in this year’s Le Mans Rally.

Hats off to FC Team chair­man and player-man­ager Mitch Young. Last Thurs­day night he had to jug­gle cel­e­brat­ing his first an­niver­sary with girl­friend, So­phie, with mak­ing a cou­ple of emer­gency sign­ings ahead of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy semi-fi­nal against North West Neas­den A. Given spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to add to his squad, he wined and dined the mis­sus be­fore speed­ing off to get the ap­pro­pri­ate reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments into com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Lau­rence Thorne. Only the for­mer JFS pupil could mix busi­ness with plea­sure. On the phone half of the night, it may not have been the most ro­man­tic evening but it just goes to show how de­voted he is.

Play­ers from Brix­ton Old Boys and Cat­ford & Brom­ley were locked in a crime scene last week­end. A stab­bing in­ci­dent on an ad­join­ing pitch re­sulted in po­lice block­ing their route home for an hour as snif­fer dogs they tried to find a knife at En­field Play­ing Fields in Don­key Lane. One player said: “It was a ma­jor up­heaval as it caused me to ar­rive home late for Pe­sach clean­ing.”

Richard Sacks, a for­mer vice-chair­man of the JC MSFL, has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the league af­ter 21 years. He is ex­pected to make a move into the Mac­cabi Masters League.

Hen­don Hawks Un­der Eight’s ended their sea­son in style with a cel­e­bra­tory meal at the White House restau­rant in Hen­don, North Lon­don, fol­lowed by watch­ing Arse­nal Re­serves play their coun­ter­parts from Spurs at Un­der­hill.

Pin­ner JFC’s ded­i­cated FA Skills Ses­sions are prov­ing pop­u­lar. Chair­man Les Con­way said: “They have been a fan­tas­tic suc­cess with al­most 50 chil­dren pre-reg­is­ter­ing.” See Danny Caro’s week­end roundup at www.thejc.com Email dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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