Run­ning sto­ries

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YESHIVAH STU­DENT Sam Baum, 19, was one of the youngest marathon en­trants and the fastest of the con­tin­gent sup­port­ing Emu­nah, who raised a com­bined £12,000-plus.

The for­mer Has­monean pupil’s time o of three hours 51 min­utes bet­tered his pre­vi­ous marathon fin­ish. He said that see­ing fam­ily mem­bers along the route had spurred him on. “I started cramp­ing up at 23 miles but I kept calm and w went at my own pace.

“I’ve been to Emu­nah’s chil­dren’s home in Afula and not only do they care for the chil­dren re­ally well — they set them up for life.”

For Aron Schlagman, events di­rect tor at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Park L Lane, his 4:56 fin­ish was a per­sonal best. “My mother and grand­mother sup­port Emu­nah so it was an ob­vi­ous choice,” he said. “It’s been a great day and an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. Sign me u up for 2013.”

The Emu­nah group also in­cluded h hus­band-and-wife Emma and El­liot B Ben­jamin, who crossed the line in five hours 21 min­utes. Mrs Ben­jamin said her hus­band could have recorded a faster time had he not waited for her af­ter she ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems around the half­way point. “As we passed the fin­ish­ing line, I felt amazed a at what we had achieved.”

Stu­dents Alan Green­stein (5:12) and Alex Miller (6:58) were other Emu­nah en­trants, the lat­ter helped to fin­ish by a vapour rub from a St John a m b u l a n c e mem­ber af­ter h e s t o p p e d be­cause of a leg spasm at 19 miles.

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Martin Pam­pel

e marathon run­ning to­tal for spe­cial needs char­ity Kisharon was £10,000plus, with friends Si­mon Con­way, 45, and Eliot Sim, 44, fin­ish­ing to­gether in five hours 13 min­utes. Also among the group was mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant Lau­ren Pos­ner (7:26), who had trav­elled from Jerusalem to take part. The 32-year-old said: “I could barely feel my legs from mile 13, so get­ting to the fin­ish­ing line was fan­tas­tic.”

Shani Singer (7:35) and Sara Par­sowith (7:40) were other Kisharon sup­port­ers. Ms Par­sowith de­cided to run “as an an­ti­dote to turn­ing 40 and be­cause it is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial in an Olympic year.” But there was dis­ap­point­ment for Aus­tralian-born P h i l K a r p, 4 0, who also ran for Kisharon in 2007. He was un­able to con­tinue af­ter his knee “blew” at 18 miles.

Jewish Care is £10,000 bet­ter off through the marathon ef­forts of Ge­orge Sil­ber (3:56), Gary Ro­ken­son (4:40), Monique Wayne (5:30), Emily Sheetz (3:54), Daniel Lerner (5:19) and Dar­ren Brown (4:15).

Lang­don run­ners brought in a to­tal £15,500. They in­cluded trustee Nigel Henry, 47, whose time was 3:50. First timer Greg Bran­don suf­fered an in­jury but man­aged to fin­ish in 6:55 and the Lang­don team was com­pleted by Andy Sarsby (5:47) and Robert Dagul (4:14).

For Ma­gen David Adom en­trant Zak Bra­ham, the L o n d o n race was a fourth r e c e n t m a r a -

Greg Allon

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