Coatsy battles the Brighton Marathon for Jewish Care

19 Apr 2017

Marcus Coatsworth, known as Coatsy to friends, ran the 26.2 miles through the city streets and finishing up on Brighton seafront in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 9 April. Marcus, who is 31 and lives in Wandsworth, commutes to work to Golders Green where he began working and training by running home in his new role as Jewish Care’s Digital Marketing Manager in December 2016. The funds raised will help to support Jewish Care, the UK’s largest health and social care organisation for the Jewish community.

Marcus says, “I've always wanted to run a marathon ever since I helped to give out water at the London Marathon as a kid. I promised myself that I would stop finding excuses when I got to 30. Since I began working at Jewish Care I have been touched by the incredible work the charity do and visiting the residents at Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine home in Brighton the day before the event and listening to their stories from the past really helped to give me the strength to get through the marathon, even whilst my legs were cramping early on, it honestly helped knowing that the money I was raising would help people like Lionel and Pearl and the other older people like them.

“I’d put in the training. I set off too fast and by around the 9th mile my legs were cramping and the thought of completing another 18 miles seemed impossible but I dug deep and I was elated to see my friends at the 12 mile mark, which helped me towards the half way marker.

At mile 14 I met Martin who was running his first marathon for Cancer Research in memory of his sister who had passed away last year and we started to talk, he was having similar pain in his knees and back as I was with my legs. His touching story helped me forget about the pain I was feeling and together we trotted around the next few miles, what seemed an impossible challenge suddenly seemed possible. I didn't get to see Martin again but I just want to say thank you to him and congratulations on a remarkable achievement, I imagine his family must be incredibly proud. 

At Brighton seafront I saw my girlfriend and family, which brought a big smile to my face and my girlfriend proceeded to run the last half mile with me before she was ushered off by a steward. At the finish I felt a mixture of emotions as I crossed the finish line but more than anything I felt proud. Thank you to everyone who has supported me by donating and cheering me on the day, I couldn’t have done it without them and I am incredibly proud to say that I've now completed a marathon, noone can ever take that away!

Jewish Care touches the lives of 10,000 people every week. The organisation provides a wide range of services for older people, people with disabilities, mental health needs, visual impairment, as well as Holocaust survivors and refugees. Jewish Care also offers support and guidance to families, carers and the bereaved, as well as programmes for children and young people.  

If you would like to take on a challenge, whether it’s pounding the streets, climbing up mountains or cycling across the city, there are events for people of all ages and fitness levels to help raise money for Jewish Care.

No challenge is too big or small, taking on a 10k, half marathon, marathon or bike rides are a great way to get fitter whilst supporting your favourite charity. Jewish Care will support you all the way to the finish line with a dedicated member of the team to help you with your fundraising and training to get you ready for the challenge.

It’s not too late to donate to Marcus bit.ly/2mBzYXC

To find out more about taking part in a challenge event for Jewish Care, please contact the Events Team on 020 8922 2834 or email events@jcare.org