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.
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 -