With happy endings
thon, having run in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Brighton. Finishing in five hours 45 minutes, he raised £1,500.
Chai Cancer Care supporter Oliver Newton, crossed the finish line in 4:33 feeling “very emotional. I now feel I can complete anything I set my mind to. The support from the crowds was unbelievable and really pushed me through the last few miles. If anyone is considering signing up for next year, just do it. You will not regret your decision.” Mr Newton raised £7,500.
Lewis Malka, 37, completed his 10th marathon, earning £10,000 for Meir Panim, and plans to run the New York event for the same charity. “I was in Israel last year and went to two soup kitchens and a school in the south which Meir Panim helps and was moved by the efforts made.” His time of 4:46 on Sunday was not his best — “I put this down to giving people value for money.”
Hove runner Andrew Jenshil, 40, completed his first London Marathon in five hours, raising £2,500-plus for the Dystonia Society, which his family has been associated with for many years. Mr Jenshil also wanted to raise awareness of dystonia, a neurological movement disorder linked to a gene common in Ashkenazim.
Edgware Yeshurun member George Jackson, 48, came home in just over three hours, earning £3,000-plus for the St Luke’s Hospice in memory of his father-in-law Martin Cohen, who died in the Harrow hospice last year.
North Lond o n e r To b y Craig, 30, w a s a first time entrant. He comp l e t e d the race in under four hours and raised more than £2,000 for the MS Society.
Also making his marathon debut was fiftysomething Nigel Conway, who brought in £3,500 for Boys Town Jerusalem. Mr Conway — who finished in four hours 36 minutes — reflected: “I’ve always said that this would be my first and only marathon. But this was such an amazing experience that I’m having second thoughts.
“I had such a good time and I really felt comfortable throughout. I’m so glad that I trained properly — that really did help.”
For lawyer Greg Allon, Sunday’s race was a more pleasurable experience than his previous London Marathon in 2009, which he recalled as “a disaster” — he had to walk the final seven miles.
This time, the 42-year-old north-west Londoner came home in 3:23, generating £3,000 for the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust. The one-year-old child of an old FZY friend has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, an untreatable muscle wasting disease.
Running in aid of Action on Hearing Loss, profoundly deaf Martin Pampel, 28, finished in three hours 38 minutes. The Manchester-based runner was delighted with his time, an improvement of more than hour on his previous performance. Former King Solomon High pupil Elliott Manning, 23, is well on his way to a target of £2,000 for the National Deaf Children’s Society, having come home i n 4:45.
S i x t y - two-yearold GP Dr Ma r t i n Wo l f - s o n w a s “delight- ed” with his time of 3.52. .52. The Kingston ton Synagogue ue m e m b e r raised more ore than £4,000 00 for the local cal P r i n c e s s Alice Hoss - pice, “which ch has s a dl l y had to care re for so many ny o f o u r friends”.
S i m o n Lawrence ( 4 : 3 1 ) r a i s e d £5,000 to b e s p l i t between y o u t h activities a t Hendon Football Club, which he c h a i r s , and MS charity arity Aims2cure Aims2cure. Lauren Silver and sisterrin-law Leanne Silver r (both 5:55) ran the marrathon for the first time e for CRY (Cardiac Risk in n the Young), generating g £5,000-plus. The Variety Club bennefited by £2,350 from the run of Jessica Enoch, who works in mar k e t i n g . Debra Wilton ran her first marathon in 5:23, raising more t h a n £2,000forthe Miscarriage Association.
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