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.”


Running in the family

By Isabel Janner, April 30, 2009

Herts father-and-daughter Max Furman and Laura Margolis ran to raise over £7,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre.

Laura’s husband Adam was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago and Mr Furman said it had been hard for the couple, “especially as they have two small children. There’s nothing I can really do for Adam, but I thought if I ran for an MS charity, it would be helping him in some small way.”


The London Marathon: Runners make great strides for charity

April 30, 2009

London Marathon runners for Jewish charities — and Jews taking part in aid of other causes — have clocked up in excess of £250,000 in sponsorship.

Norwood led the way on Sunday with its 20-plus participants raising at least £80,000. The group included 65-year-old power-walking Edgware great-grandmother Flora Frank, completing her 19th marathon and her 13th in London in six hours, her best-ever time.


Kastor on run to Beijing

By Brian Sacks, May 16, 2008

Deena Kastor, the world’s most successful Jewish runner, has earned her ticket to Beijing by winning the US Olympic Marathon trial.

Kastor, 35, entered the race as favourite but found herself in a chasing pack, falling steadily behind surprise leader Magdalena Lewy-Boulet. After 14 miles Kastor trailed by almost two minutes, but from that point she closed in on Lewy-Boulet and overtook her with two miles remaining.

“It was a tough race,” Kastor said. “I thought I had misjudged it based on how strong Magdalena looked at every turnaround.


Chai's five impress

May 1, 2008

Chai runner Glenda Aussenberg (7:50) raised £23,000 at the recent London Marathon. Chai’s other runners were: Joseph Nathan (3:53), David Barry, Richard Laikin (5:00), Tony Glazer (4:25).

Lloyd Rakusen (4:39) and son Phil (4:34), along with novice runner Sarah Greenlees (5:04) raised £8,000 for the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

Physiotherapist Abigail Pinnick (4:12) and Benjamin Berenblut (4:25) ran for Maccabi GB, in partnership with UJIA. Nick Tiller (3:35) raised £2,000 for Cancer Research UK. Grant Sulkin (4:30) raised £5,000 for the Philip Green
Memorial Trust.


No sweat for Gaby

By Danny Caro, April 24, 2008

Gaby Rosenthal claimed a personal best at the recent Flora London race, finishing in 2:54 — and she didn’t even train for it .

Her time saw her finish fourth in the non-elite race and she expects to raise in excess of £8,000 for Auditory Verbal UK.

The 33-year-old personal trainer will be the envy of the field in the circumstances, finishing 686, out of 36,000 participants.

Rosenthal, who has run the London and New York races once before, said: “The most amazing thing was that I didn’t have a single ache or pain the next day.”


Having (and making) a good time

By Danny Caro, April 17, 2008

Championship entrant Nathaniel Lane was the fastest Jewish runner at the Flora London Marathon, crossing the line in 2:24 — 19 minutes behind the winner, Kenyan Martin Lel.

The 32-year-old solicitor used to run for England at Under 20, 23 and student levels and finished in 32nd place overall.

Having completed the 2006 race in 2:31, the Cardiff Reform Synagogue member said: “It was a seven-minute personal best. I was reasonably happy with my time.”