Two by two in the rainy Royal Park Half Marathon for Jewish Care

16 Oct 2018

This year father and son and two couples were among the 12 participants who ran for Jewish Care in the rainy Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday, 14 October. The runners raised over £8,500 for Jewish Care, to help the charity to support members of the community who rely on their services. The 13.1 mile route took them alongside the capital's iconic landmarks and through four of London's eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens.

Jewish Care’s Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel Brown and son Josh, 17, made up the father and son team in their first half marathon together. Daniel said, “Everyone in our household has very busy lives so finding something we could do together, which would challenge us both, was wonderful. Josh and I have trained mainly on Sundays, building up our mileage each week until the big day.

He adds, “We agreed to run it all together but I think we were both planning to try to speed off in the last few hundred metres to beat each other.”

Josh, who turned 17 in July, is in his final year of A levels and is Head Boy at Kantor King Solomon High School. He has been involved with Jewish Care from a young age and has been a participant and volunteer in Jewish Care’s MIKE youth leadership programme at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre.

He says, “Having watched my Dad do the London Marathon in 2017, I was inspired to do something similar and this was my first opportunity. It was a real privilege to be part of the team raising much needed money to support the work of Jewish Care.  Plus, I managed to beat Dad by 17 seconds!”

Josh continues, “Until we started training for this I have never run anything further than 5k and it hasn’t been easy finding the time, since I also have a part time job, but we made sure to make time to build up to the event.”

Another team of two were Laura Burnham, a make-up artist at Selfridges and her partner, Luke King, a student at LSE who both live in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Laura says, “We chose Jewish Care because we are both Jewish it is a cause that is important to us as our family and friends may need the help of Jewish Care one day. The work they do to help people is amazing.”

Max Heller, 27 who works in investment banking and his girlfriend Laura Blumenthal, 26, an MBA student, are both from the USA and ran together to support Jewish Care.

Max, who is taking part in Jewish Care’s Lay Leadership Development programme, says “We both enjoy running and its really motivating to train together. The Royal Parks Half Marathon is a great way to see the incredible parks and palaces in London. I’ve always been involved with my community and was inspired to run for Jewish Care as I am participating in the charity’s Lay Leadership Development Programme. I’m learning so much about the charity and meeting a great group of committed young professionals, I’d really recommend it.”

Other runners for the Jewish Care team are Amanda Cohen, Natasha Driscoll, Simon Dunitz, Rikki Lewis, Edward Lister and David Simmons.

Chief Executive Daniel Carmel Brown, added, “It was fantastic to run amongst a team of dedicated runners who I’d like to thank for taking part in this challenge to support Jewish Care. It’s an amazing organisation and everyone has a vital role to play.  In my first few months, I have seen just how hard my colleagues work, each day and night of every week to care for our community.

“Each week 10,000 people in our community rely on our services, many of which receive little or no Government funding. These include our specialist day centres for people living with dementia, our social work team and community centres, supporting people to remain active and engaged members of our community, whilst maintaining their dignity and quality of life.

If you would like to find out more and sign up for a challenge please contact events@jcare.org or on 020 8922 2834.