Banana­man has fruit­ful ex­pe­ri­ence

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

WITH 36,000 London Marathon run­ners, spot­ting loved ones tak­ing part can be a thank­less task. But fam­ily and friends of North­wood and Pinner Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue mem­ber Nick La­van had no such dif­fi­culty, as the char­tered ac­coun­tant was dressed as 1980s’ comic strip and TV car­toon favourite Banana­man.

The 31-year-old par­tic­i­pated in aid of Can­cer Re­search and his cos­tume was the re­sult of an of­fice vote. “Banana­man is rel­e­vant to the marathon, given ba­nanas’ en­ergy-sup­ply­ing prop­er­ties and over­all health­i­ness,” he ex­plained. “Ba­nanas are a great source of po­tas­sium, which is a min­eral lost by the body in en­durance ex­er­cise.”

How­ever, it had been “far more dif­fi­cult” to run in the cos­tume than the stan­dard ath­letic wear he had favoured in pre­vi­ous marathons. “I’ve long held re­spect for those who run in cos­tume and it’s a great way of rais­ing more money for char­ity.”

He said the “great run­ning con­di­tions and in­cred­i­ble sup­port” in­spired him to com­plete the course in four hours 12 min­utes. “Banana­man seemed to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of the cheer­ing crowds,” he re­ported.

Mr La­van raised more than £2,500 in mem­ory of a close friend who died of breast can­cer last year af­ter a lengthy bat­tle against the ill­ness. “She had ded­i­cated her life to teach­ing, lat­terly teach­ing deaf chil­dren. Her loss was sorely felt by her hus­band and three chil­dren, not to men­tion count­less other fam­ily, friends, col­leagues and pupils.”

Nick La­van) play­ing to the crowds along the London Marathon route

Philip Green with sons Joe, Harry, Ja­cob and Sam at the start

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