Ziffs chase down a six-fig­ure tar­get as char­i­ties cash in

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JEWISH LONDON Marathon par­tic­i­pants ran up a char­i­ta­ble to­tal of sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand pounds. And one fam­ily of run­ners hopes to gen­er­ate £100,000 from spon­sor­ship.

Com­pet­ing un­der the team name of “Ziff beats can­cer”, Michael Ziff, 58, his three sons and two neph­ews ran for the Teenage Can­cer Trust, Leeds Jewish Wel­fare Board and the Nightingale home in south London.

The TCT is a cause par­tic­u­larly c l ose t o the fam­ily’s heart, as Michael Z i f f ’ s 14-year-old n e p h e w J a c o b was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia last year. Mr Ziff’s moth­erin-law is a Nightingale res­i­dent.

It was a first London Marathon for Ja­cob’s broth­ers, Ben, 25, and Oliver, 23. Oliver fin­ished in a highly im­pres­sive two hours 47 min­utes, Ben in just over four hours.

“It was worth ev­ery step,” said Ben Ziff. “I hit the wall at Tower Bridge. I had to walk around for five min­utes, then I got run­ning again.”

Michael Ziff, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Bar­ratts footwear firm, recorded a time of 5:38. His sons Sam, 24, Henry, 22, and Alex, 21, came home r e s pec- tively in 4:42, 4:40 and 4:59. Michael Ziff said the fam­ily had trained to­gether four days a week and their mu­tual sup­port had helped him to over­come a foot in­jury.

On Tues­day, Ben Ziff re­ported that £73,000 had been re­alised to­wards the six-fig­ure tar­get. Mark Sad­lik (4:50) also raised £2,200 for Nightingale.

Nor­wood ex­pects an £80,000 wind­fall from its marathon men and women, among them Wok­ing­ham 30-yearold Ben Wil­liams (4:33), who wants to help change the life of Bry­ony Smith, a res­i­dent of the char­ity’s Ravenswood vil­lage. Due to pro­found learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, she finds com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

His marathon spon­sor­ship will go to­wards a high tech de­vice which will en­able Ms Smith to com­mu­ni­cate and so­cialise through rev­o­lu­tion­ary “eye gaze” tech­nol­ogy. Young Nor­wood Pa­tron­age camp a i g n c h a i r Y o n n i Abramson, 27, r a i s e d £ 1 4 , 0 0 0 - plus. He fin­ished in 4:33, hav­ing run 35 miles a week in prepa­ra­tion. Great­grand­mother Flora Frank, 69, com­pleted her 25th marathon for Nor­wood in 6:15, also run­ning in aid of Emu­nah.

O t h e r N o r w o o d en­trants were Nikola Ple­cas (4:08), Joel Bar­nett (4:55), David Mintz (6:30), Paul Ja­cobs (6:17), An­drea Fraque­lli (2:53), Rya n Howard ( 5 : 1 8 ) , Paul Har­ris (4:19), Alex Golombeck (4:24), Paul Robbens (4:14), Si­mon Passer (5:34), Adam Malach (4:36), Jane Jaffe (4:16) and Ben Konopin­ski (5:50).

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the run­ners, Nor­wood head of chal­lenges Ian Tate said their “phys­i­cal and fundrais­ing achieve­ments help us to change the lives of thou­sands each year”.

By happy co­in­ci­dence, World Jewish Re­lief head of com­mu­nity part­ner­ships Emma Se­gal, 31, had al­ready signed up to run the marathon be­fore join­ing WJR. Af­ter fin­ish­ing in four hours 42 min­utes and con­tribut­ing more than £3,000 to WJR’S £30,000 to­tal, she re­flected that “the best thing was see­ing ev­ery­one at the WJR cheer­ing sta­tions along the route”.

Also com­pet­ing for WJR were Dar­ren Bra­ham (4:12), Nathan Ezair (4:27), Gilly Freed­man (4:50), Adam Ja­cobs (4:04), Daniel Lin­ton (4:02), Sammy Ross (4:09), Sam Roth (3:42) and Robert Zive (3:45).

Record­ing a per­sonal best of 3:41, Er­rol Rud­nick had strong in­cen­tive to per­form well for Chai Can­cer Care, for which he raised £8,000. “My wife lost her sis­ter Ruth to pan­cre­atic can­cer last sum­mer in New York. Spe­cial­ist and com­pas­sion­ate care for Ruth and her fam­ily was vi­tal. Chai Can­cer Care do just that in London and I wanted to gather as much sup­port as pos­si­ble. Break­ing my leg in 2010 mo­ti­vated me to run an­other marathon to prove I was ‘back in or­der’. So I sent out the pleas for do­na­tions, trained for months and had the race of my life.”

For­mer JC IT man­ager Michael Gar­cia com­pleted his first marathon in three hours 19 min­utes, bring­ing in £4,500 for Camp Sim­cha, help­ing chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­ness and their fam­i­lies. He be­came aware of the char­ity’s work when his el­dest son Sammy was se­ri­ously ill in Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal in 2010. Sammy made a full re­cov­ery, but Mr Gar­cia wanted to help Camp Sim­cha sup­port other chil­dren.

Camp Sim­cha raised a to­tal £ 5 0 , 0 0 0 from the r a c e , w h e r e i t s r un­ners also in­cluded f a t h e r - and-son Jeremy and Yossi Sheb­son, who fin­ished to­gether on 4:40. Jeremy Sheb­son said that hav­ing run four marathons as a young man, “I thought that I’d long hung up my run­ning shoes. What got me through was the idea of rais­ing funds for Camp Sim­cha and run­ning with Yossi, who al­ways looks af­ter his dad and is very in­volved as a vol­un­teer for young kids in Camp Sim­cha.”

Other Camp Sim­cha en­trants were Mark Lan­dau (6:13), Abby Caplin (5:29), Chaya Do­minitz (4:16), Marc Sos­now (4:00) and Jonny Phillips (3:46).

Fifty-nine-year-old Jewish Care Scot­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Suzanne Neville ac­cepted the chal­lenge of her son Marc to take part. “I was watch­ing my daugh­ter-in-law run last year when my son said: ‘You could do this mum! I do a bit of run­ning — 5k or 10k max.” Fin­ish­ing in 7:02, she is close to her £5,000 tar­get for JCS. The cash “will re­ally help. This year we have in­creased o u r s o c i a l wor k re­source in re­sponse to in­creased need from peo­ple with fi­nan­cial and re­lated men­tal health is­sues.”

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