Marathon runners step up for charity

April 21, 2011

Communal, Israel and general charities have benefited by hundreds of thousands of pounds from the exertions of Jewish runners in Sunday's London Marathon.


Kipkoech gets lucky

By David Gold, March 31, 2011

Kenya's Raymond Kipkoech claimed victory in a time of 2:26:44 in the Jerusalem marathon.

Kipkoech, 34, took advantage of a bizarre incident when race leaders Mutai Kopkorir and Kiman Njorage took a wrong turn and ended up crossing the finish line of the half-marathon in a different location.


Marathon effort by school

By Jessica Elgot, November 25, 2010

North West London Jewish Day School pupils went that extra mile, staging an 11-day "Mitzvah marathon" centred around the armed forces and remembrance. The 260 children joined up with a local school to make Christmas and Chanucah cards for soldiers serving overseas. During the marathon, pupils collected goods for Brent's refugee community, filling a supermarket trolley donated by Tesco.


Running Totals: How they finished, who they supported and how much they raised

April 29, 2010


The London Marathon: The runners and their causes

April 29, 2010

Repaying charity's Caring gesture

Dietician Anneka Gershon, 25, raised a healthy £2,200 for Jewish Care in her second marathon, inspired by a family connection.

Her grandmother is a resident in the charity's Lady Sarah Cohen House in East Finchley.

"I found this marathon harder than last year," she confided. "I struggled with my training due to a knee injury.

"But I was determined not to give up due to the great stuff Jewish Care does for my nana and the Jewish community as a whole and the support I received from my family and friends."


The London Marathon: Jewish causes are the winners

By Robyn Rosen, April 29, 2010

Jewish participants in the London Marathon have raised more than £400,000 for charitable causes.

Ort is the biggest beneficiary, raking in £105,000 from a group of South African runners who completed the 26.2 mile course on Sunday.

They were joined by ex-Royal Marine Tom Carver from Hendon, who was almost left to fly the flag alone because of the South Africans' travel problems in the wake of the flight disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.


I had to tweet on my feet

By Isabel Janner, April 30, 2009

Self-proclaimed techno geek Greg Allon “tweeted” his way though the marathon on his wife’s iPhone as he ran in aid of Myeloma UK. “Twitter was a brilliant way of keeping people involved and raising publicity,” he reported. “I even got sponsorship from people I’ve never met.”


Improving with age

April 30, 2009

What are the racing secrets of the oldest London Marathon entrant?

According to 84-year-old Paul Freedman, they are “to keep active, do as much charity work as possible and have a sense of humour”.

Mr Freedman has taken part in all but one of the last 19 London events — the sole exception was because of a heart attack. A lifelong commitment to fundraising was recognised in 2008 with the award of an MBE.


Head is a class act

April 30, 2009

Pupils from Southgate’s Wolfson Hillel Primary joined the marathon crowds to watch headteacher Jason Marantz run in aid of Camp Simcha, assisting children with life-threatening illnesses.

His weekly training regime gave a new slant to the school run as he often jogged the seven miles home from work: “It was fun for the children to see, and provided a bit of a talking point with the parents.” But his preparation paid off with a finishing time of 4 hours 38 minutes.


Sister’s tribute challenge

April 30, 2009

Laura Roth ran for Children in Crisis in honour of her brother Nicholas, who died in a climbing accident in Nicaragua in November 2004.

“As a lawyer, my brother did lots of pro bono work to help underprivileged children around the world, so running for Children in Crisis was the obvious choice,” the Finchley resident explained.

“Already being a bit of a gym-goer, it’s the fundraising rather than the exercise that amazed me. To raise so much money for such a worthwhile cause is one of the most humbling experiences of my life.”


Name Charity Amount Time
Jonathan Barr Kids £2,400 05:01:18