Olympics next for veteran com­peti­tor

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

A MARATHON veteran in ev­ery sense of the word, 87-year-old Paul Freed­man was happy with his time of seven hours 20 min­utes.

It was the 21st marathon for the Rom­ford Syn­a­gogue mem­ber and spon­sor­ship will add to the tens of thou­sands he has raised for St Fran­cis Hospice, which looked af­ter his wife Re­nee be­fore her death in 2007. Mr Freed­man only took up run­ning when he was 61 and the se­cret of his suc­cess has been not to take the chal­lenge too se­ri­ously. “You just have to en­joy it.”

He hopes this year’s race won’t be his last, but his fam­ily is keen for him to take things easy.

In the mean­time, an­other ma­jor sport­ing event is oc­cu­py­ing his thoughts.

In July, he will be one of the Olympic torch­bear­ers, nom­i­nated for his work for the hospice.

“Be­fore I knew I was nom­i­nated, I wanted to en­ter my­self,” he joked. “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Marc and Si­mon Levy, two-thirds

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