The Levys cel­e­brate their rel­a­tive suc­cess

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

AF­TER WATCH­ING their el­der brother Si­mon com­plete eight marathons in eight days last year, Deb­o­rah and Marc Levy were in­spired to keep the 2012 London Marathon in the fam­ily.

The trio, who grew up in Nor­wich, raised more than £2,000 for Team PB, Prostate Can­cer Char­ity and Breast Can­cer Care. The sib­lings’ mother Bev­er­ley had pre­ven­tive surgery against bowel can­cer at the end of 2010. “It was quite a se­ri­ous scare,” Ms Levy said. “If not op­er­ated on, it would have turned into bowel can­cer.

“The thought of can­cer ever since has had a mas­sive im­pact on our lives,” added Ms Levy, who cel­e­brated her 24th birth­day the day af­ter the race. “We also know of peo­ple who have suf­fered both hor­rific ill­nesses.”

Dis­tance spe­cial­ist Si­mon was the fastest of the three, fin­ish­ing in un­der three hours 10 min­utes. His brother and sis­ter came in in­side five hours.

“The run was much tougher than I could ever ex­pect,” said Ms Levy, who had pre­vi­ously com­pleted three half­marathons. “My legs wouldn’t take me past a cer­tain speed and I re­ally wanted to give up at points.

“I had no op­tion but for my mind to pull me through. I thought about how much we’d raised, my broth­ers run­ning and the peo­ple ex­pect­ing me to fin­ish. I couldn’t give up.”

She added: “I’m not sure I’ll be do­ing it ever again but for now I’m happy to say I’ve been a part of his­tory.”

of the fam­ily’s marathon team

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