The return of the Leeds 'magnificent seven'


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.

Father and son Michael and Ashley Ilsen finished 16 minutes apart, raising well over £6,300. Having consumed a birthday meal of brown rice and water the day before, Daniel Bratt could celebrate properly after running 3:47 and bringing in £3,500-plus.

However, Gideon Barth, 23, was WJR's fastest runner with a time of 3:19. Martin Bercott, 51, was met at the finishing line by his children wearing "Go Daddy!" T-shirts. And WJR communications director Rafi Cooper ran his second marathon 45 minutes faster than his first. He recorded 3:47 and raised £2,500.

Veteran runner Lloyd Rakusen headed a team supporting Leeds Jewish Welfare Board which raised £17,000 and also included Ilan Sherman, Vikki Lee, Danny Rosenberg, Jamie Lee, Jonny Gould and Michael Goldstone.

Mr Sherman was "chuffed" with his time of 3:55. Mr Goldstone did even better, completing in 3:43, faster than his time in New York in November.

For Ms Lee, 38, it was the fulfilment of a dream to enter the marathon before she turned 40. She chose LJWB because it had helped a close friend to resolve a mental health problem. Despite getting cramp at the 20-mile mark, she clocked 4:33. Mr Rakusen completed his 13th marathon for LJWB in 4:15.Also from Leeds, Michael Kessler (4:06) raised £6,500 for Cancer Research UK.

LJWB chief executive Elisabeth Bradbury was "very proud of our magnificent seven and grateful they have chosen to raise money for vulnerable people in the community who need it most."

On Saturday night, Micah Smith's campus comedy, King David, was performed at the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green, raising £1,000-plus for Tzedek. The following morning, he was pounding the London streets in the cause of the international aid charity. He finished in just over five hours and expects to raise close on £3,000 in total.

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