The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JC RE­PORTER

RUN­NERS IN the Lon­don Marathon raised hun­dreds of thou­sands for com­mu­nal and Is­rael char­i­ties, many mo­ti­vated by a close per­sonal con­nec­tion to their cho­sen cause.

For ex­am­ple, among the dozen­strong team which has raised £65,000 and count­ing for Chai Cancer Care, Coby Bull raced in mem­ory of cancer suf­ferer Jen­nifer Aron, who died last July. He re­called her as “a beau­ti­ful lady, inside and out, who fought bravely un­til the end, never com­plain­ing and al­ways wor­ry­ing about ev­ery­body else.” Mr Bull com­pleted the race in just over five hours and raised £7,500.

A sim­i­lar time was recorded by Ricky Green, who brought in more than £28,000.

Other Chai sup­port­ers in­cluded hus­band and wife Jonathan and Lau­ren Barr, who will be split­ting around £10,000 be­tween the char­ity and the North Lon­don Hospice.

“Run­ning has be­come our life­style over the past six years,” Mr Barr said. “It helped me in my dark­est days to take my mind off my cancer di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment and gave me my goal to run the 2015 New York Marathon 10 weeks post-chemo­ther­apy, which I did suc­cess­fully. Chai Cancer Care has been a rock to me dur­ing my tes­tic­u­lar cancer jour­ney — and my sad­ness at los­ing my mum to cancer. They have shown me such kind­ness and un­der­stand­ing.”

Other Chai run­ners were Char­lotte Hamil­ton and fi­ancé Ben Me­na­hem, Rachel Caplin, Michaela Krantz, Jo Benjamin, Josh Dvir, Mikey Salem and Me­lanie Ross.

Nor­wood’s team of 25 ran up an im­pres­sive £60,000, led by South African Mike Gins­berg, who fin­ished in two hours 50 min­utes. “It was an ab­so­lute hon­our to have run the race,” he said, “know­ing that all the hard yards were for a great cause. It’s not ev­ery day you get to do some­thing you love while be­ing able to give back.”

Also among the group was Gary Be­har from Bore­ham­wood, who is no stranger to Nor­wood chal­lenges, hav­ing re­cently com­pleted the Los An­ge­les Marathon. His Lon­don time was four hours 16 min­utes.

An­other Nor­wood run­ner was 74-year-old great-grand­mother Flora Frank. Her 35th marathon — and 20th in Lon­don — was com­pleted in 6 hours 41 min­utes and she raised £15,000.

Josh Nathan ran the 26.2 miles in seven hours to raise £2,500 for Jewish

Blind & Dis­abled. His fa­ther Mal­colm is a ten­ant at JBD’s Mill Hill prop­erty.

“Just two years ago, the thought of run­ning even one mile was painful,” he said. “Yet here I am now, hav­ing just com­pleted the Lon­don Marathon after months of lengthy early morn­ing and late night runs.

“I wanted to be able to give some­thing back to JBD, a spe­cial place that does so much for so many in­clud­ing my dad. See­ing him liv­ing in­de­pen­dently with dig­nity has meant so much to me and my fam­ily.”

The quar­tet run­ning for Lang­don, sup­port­ing those with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, was led home by Carinne Jay in 3:31. “This is my tenth marathon and I am so proud to rep­re­sent Lang­don,” she said. “My cousin is a Lang­don mem­ber and he is the hap­pi­est he has ever been.”

Its other par­tic­i­pants were Liam Stein, Lau­rence Broch — whose son Wil­liam is a Lang­don mem­ber — and Jonathan Field. “I am so proud that I have man­aged to raise much needed funds for a won­der­ful char­ity that has pro­vided such cru­cial care for my niece Natasha,” Mr Field said. “A won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence never to be re­peated.”

Jack Mor­gan, Mark Plesner and Nikki Teper made up team Jami, rais­ing a to­tal £6,000 for the mental health char­ity.

Ms Teper was “as­tounded” by the num­ber of mental health char­i­ties rep­re­sented, “much more than when I ran in 2013, which shows the pro­file of mental health is grow­ing”.

Jewish Care’s four marathon run­ners in­cluded Yael Kohn, 42, who trav­elled from Is­rael to com­pete.

Josh Domb, 27, was one of the faster char­ity fin­ish­ers, com­plet­ing in 3:10. “Hav­ing hun­dreds of to­tal strangers shout your name and cheer you on makes a huge dif­fer­ence,” he said. “When my grandma Diane went to live at Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff home last year, I was keen to find a way to show my ap­pre­ci­a­tion for ev­ery­thing that the team at Jewish Care has done for her. Run­ning a marathon was a great way to show my grat­i­tude.”

Mark­ing his 20th year at Jewish Care, di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing Daniel Carmel-Brown ran his first marathon. Ra­dio pro­ducer Matt Blom com­pleted the char­ity’s team.

For Damian Schog­ger, the Lon­don race was one of 12 marathons in 12 months in aid of the Talia Trust for Chil­dren, pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist ed­u­ca­tional sup­port to those with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties. He was “very happy” with his time of 3:17. An­other run­ning on a pro­fes­sional an­niver­sary was Ash­ley Lerner, Mac­cabi GB’s head of oper­a­tions for 10 years, who raised more than £2,500 for the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Tammy Poggo raised £9,000 for Wizo UK.

1. Chai’s Char­lotte Hamil­ton and Ben Me­na­hem

2. Jonathan Barr of Chai

3. Nor­wood’sMike Gins­berg

4. Jami’s Nikki Teper and fam­ily

5. Josh Nathan run­ning for Jewish Blind & Dis­abled

6. Yossi Schloss was among the Camp Sim­cha team which raised £15,000 1 3 2 5 6 4

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