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.”


Marathon memories still haunt me

By Danny Caro, April 17, 2008

Sunday’s London Marathon brought back some of my most painful sporting memories. I limped home in the 2001 race in just under seven hours after suffering severely sprained ankle ligaments. That was not the worst of it though. Getting overtaken by a 75-year-old and someone dressed up as a rhino rubbed salt into my wounds.


London’s calling for marathon effort in the name of charity

By Danny Caro, April 11, 2008

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.


Nick Bitel hopes for a record-breaking London marathon

By Candice Krieger, April 10, 2008

Sunday’s London Marathon will raise over £46.5 million, smashing the world record for the largest annual one-day fundraiser, claims the event’s main man Nick Bitel.

A partner in sports law firm Max Bitel Greene, Mr Bitel has been part-time chief executive of the London Marathon since 1993. Under his authority, the number of people running has grown by around 50 per cent. So, what makes the marathon so popular? “It is the great suburban Everest,” says Mr Bitel, 48.


Sanderson takes silver

April 3, 2008

Danielle Sanderson took silver at the World Masters Athletics Championships Half Marathon (W45 category), and, as part of the Great Britain squad that won team gold.

Having finished in 1:21, she said: “I exceeded my most optimistic expectations by a minute and a half and was remarkably comfortable throughout the race. But I am kicking myself because I was only five seconds behind the winner, and finished strongly.”