The London Marathon

Marathon runners skip London race for Israel challenge

By John Fisher, February 18, 2016

When Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters discovered that they could not run the London Marathon because it is being staged on the second day of Pesach, they wanted to come up with an alternative fundraiser. So 10 of them are hot-footing it to Israel for next week's Tel Aviv Marathon.


Charities run into dilemma on marathon involvement

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2016

Dozens of people will run the London Marathon for Jewish charities, despite the race being staged on the second day of Pesach.

Communal leaders complained when the April 24 date was announced, pointing out that the clash would cost welfare groups desperately needed income. But Jewish Care and Norwood say they are anticipating their normal number of entrants.


Israeli amputee is feeling the love

By Josh Jackman, May 4, 2015

Israeli Eitan Hermon completed his first London Marathon in an impressive three hours and seven minutes. And afterwards he removed his right leg.

Mr Hermon's leg was amputated just below the knee after his tank was hit by a roadside bomb during the 2006 Lebanon War. But he never lost his spirit, telling anyone who would listen: "I will still run a marathon!"


The return of the Leeds 'magnificent seven'

By JCReporter, May 4, 2015

It was second time lucky for the JC's Raymond Harrod, whose four-hour marathon contributed more than £2,500 to World Jewish Relief's £26,000 tally for emergency work among Ukrainian Jewry.

Accepted for the 2014 marathon, he was injured before the race.


Husband keeps it in the family

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Jonelle Roback was ready to run, the 45-year-old having prepared for months in her quest to prove that someone with Multiple sclerosis can complete a marathon.

But at the end of December, her hopes were shattered when a change of medication led to a relapse.

"My neurologist gave me the devastating news that I wasn't to push my body at all and to withdraw from the marathon," she recalled.


London Marathon: Cheers and tears for runners

By JCReporter, April 30, 2015

Welfare charity Emunah is looking for a £35,000 running total, having raised more than £12,000 in sponsorship for its marathon team from its Pesach appeal to add to the amounts raised individually by a team of eight, plus a mini-marathon entrant.“We took a chance with this new approach in asking for support for our runners instead of our usual appeal, and it has worked well,” said Emunah dir


London Marathon: Chai life on the roads

April 30, 2015

Chai runner Mitchell Kalischer, who finished in 5:04 and earned around £2,500 in sponsorship, took part in memory of Bernice Cowan, a close family friend. "She passed away a few years ago having battled with cancer for many years. She was a remarkable woman." Deborah Goldman, another Chai entrant, finished in 5:04 and raised over £2,600. "I was proud to run for Chai," she said.


Pesach clash for 2016 dims joy of bumper charity year

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

London Marathon entrants from the Jewish community have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. But the total looks likely to be much lower next year.

This is because the marathon organisers have decided to hold the 2016 event on April 24, the second day of Pesach, ruling out the participation of Orthodox runners.


London Marathon: They did it all for their well cared-for grandmas

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Richard Bernstein and Darren Brown had a powerful family reason to run for Jewish Care. They wanted to thank the charity for the care their grandmothers received at the charity's Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.


London Marathon 2015

April 29, 2015

Over £250,000 was raised for Jewish charities in this year's London Marathon, which took place on Sunday 26 April