Debs stars for viewers
DEBORAH “DEBS” Stewart became a marathon TV star, telling BBC viewers that Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is “fantastic”.
Sporting a luminous yellow running vest, the youthful 70-year-old was interviewed at the halfway point.
“I could not have done it without the support of family, friends and the welfare board,” she said afterwards. “The back up from spectators, 12-deep in places, was just incredible. They shouted out ‘Come on Debs, you can do it’. They even wrote messages on huge boards as I passed them, which gave me such encouragement. It was like having thousands of your friends there.”
Also running for LJWB were Philip Myers, brothers Marcus and Jamie Lee, Paul Berwin, Danny Rosenberg, Monica Angel, Elissa Yurowitz, Ilan Sherman and Lloyd Rakusen.
Mr Rakusen, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year, has completed 15 marathons for the welfare board.
The team is on course to comfortably exceed its £20,000 target.
Deborah Stewart being interviewed for the BBC coverage