London’s calling for marathon effort in the name of charity
Norwood will be the best represented Jewish charity at Sunday’s Flora London Marathon with a team of 21 runners putting their limbs on the line.
Great-grandmother and power walker Flora Frank, of Edgware, will be taking part in her 17th marathon. She has already completed 11 London races as well as two in New York and three in Tiberias. She is also raising funds for Emunah.
First-timer Kevin Wootton, 25, will go around the course in a costume. Yet to decide which disguise to wear, he is taking part as he believes that “Norwood is a fantastic charity that carries out vital work with children and families in the community”.
Norwood trustee Ronnie Harris, 56, is taking part in his eighth race. Their other runners are: Robert Dagul, Andrea Fraquelli, Simon Goldstein, Philip Green, Nigel Henry, Daniel Hertz, Barry Hollis, Paul L Huberman, Lee Jacobs, Daniel Lewis, Daniel Lipshaw, Simon Lipshaw, Lillian Mayer, Neville Newman, David Rosenfeld, Andrew Shaw, Matt Welck and James Altman.
Kisharon have eight runners entered. For North-West Londoner Oliver Sanders, Sunday is the first of a three-part ‘Iron Man’ endurance challenge which culminates in a long distance triathlon — 4km swim, 180km cycle, and 42km run — in July. The charity is boasting its highest turnout with a teacher, a grandfather and people flying over from Israel included in their line-up. Aaron Morris, Eli Black, Ami Elkus, Phillip Selby, Meyer Fhima, Brian Resnick and Joseph Maxwell, another first-timer, are also in the team.
The group hopes to raise more than £1,200 to support Kisharon’s role in educating and caring for Jewish children and adults with learning disabilities.
Nightingale’s team contains seven runners. The delegation is headed by Rabbi Henry Soussan.
The 43-year-old from Leeds hopes to raise £800 and has enjoyed an injury-free training regime.
Simon Itkin, who has a 95-year-old aunt at the charity’s Lady Woolf ward, hopes to raise more than £2,500. Michael Stokes, Sam Feller, Cathy Buckingham and Laura Jane Jackson complete the team.
Jewish Care’s team range in age from 19 to 49. Lee Benson is the baby of the squad. He hopes to finish inside five and a half hours and raise £1,500.
James Garner, 31, a quantity surveyor from Bushey, said: “My training has been gruelling but enjoyable. I’ve been running up to 45 miles a week in all conditions, including the recent snow.” He hopes to raise £2,000.
Tax consultant Richard Cahill, 27, from Finchley, will be fulfilling a lifelong ambition when he runs the London Marathon for the first time.
Homeopath Karin Hirsch has been training five days a week. With donations totalling £2,000 spurring her on.
Emunah’s team of four — Martin Fine, Aryeh Richman, Adrian Cohen and Gary Perlmutter — hope to raise £25,000 for a 24-hour hotline at the Crisis and Intervention Centre in Sderot.
Maccabi GB, in partnership with UJIA, will be represented by Benjamin Berenblat, 35, and Abigail Pinnick, daughter of Team GB’s Maccabiah Games head of delegation, David Pinnick, 52, who is a six-time entrant. He hopes to raise £1,500 for Children with Leukaemia.
Lance Joseph hopes to raise £50,000 for London-based charity Jewish Blind & Disabled. Other runners taking part include solicitor David Wise, 41, who is running on behalf of Shaare Zedek. Barry Silverman, 36, hopes to raise £4,500 for Wizo UK while £3,000 will go to the Prostate Cancer charity via South African runner Lisa Onnie .
Dr Abigael San is running for the National Autistic Society. Having conquered the course in 2001 and New York in 2004, her efforts have seen the 31-year-old raise £8,000 for multiple sclerosis. She hopes to raise £5,000.
Diana Lipton hopes to raise more than £17,000 for Heart UK. She took up the marathon challenge in January, a month after her husband, Prof Peter Lipton, died unexpectedly.
Joanna Goorney is running the London circuit for the third time. Glenthorne United footballer Robert Donn Sutart Nagler, Doron Kristal are also taking part.
In the mini-marathon, Camden runner Hannah Viner is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital where her cousin is a patient. The 11-year-old attends South Hampstead High School and is a member of Belsize Square Synagogue. Other runners include Elliott Grossman, 14, and 11-year-old’s Daniel Reuben and Samuel Flitterman.