Jewish Care Prepares for Marathon Day

20 Apr 2017

The biggest event on any budding runner’s calendar is just a few days away and this year’s London Marathon is set to be the largest yet. With a record total of 253,930 ballot entries, almost 50,000 people will take to the streets of London on the 23rd April. Thousands of athletes will be running on behalf of Charites nationwide, and Jewish Care is no expectation.

Our four-person strong team of dedicated fundraisers are busy making their final preparations ahead of the big day. As a curious mix of nerves, excitement and trepidation kicks in, they’re almost ready to take the plunge and attempt to tackle the 26.2-mile jaunt around central London.

Before the starting gun sounds and they fasten their running shoes for the last time, let’s take a look at the brave competitors representing Jewish Care at the 2017 London Marathon!

Daniel Carmel-Brown, 41, lives in Woodford Green in Essex and is a long serving employee of Jewish Care. As the Director of Fundraising and Marketing he is no stranger to the importance these funds play as the lifeblood of the organisation.As he reaches his 20th year of service at Jewish Care, Daniel feels this is the perfect time to take on the London marathon.

I am dedicating this run to all my colleagues who go the extra mile each and every day to care for the Jewish community. I am feeling both nervous and excited. Having only ever run 10K before, the last few months of training have been gruelling at times. But I am now feeling well prepared and ready to take on what will probably be the biggest challenge of my life”.

Matt Blom, 26, has first-hand family experience of the work that Jewish Care provides. As a radio producer living in Mill Hill, Matt will be taking part in his first London marathon this Sunday.

I'm excited for the day, I'm just looking to finish and enjoy the atmosphere. I'm sure I will go through every emotion possible on the day and at the end feel a huge sense of achievement and relief.

Yael Kohn is 42 and works as a Real Estate Manager living in Raanana, Israel with her three children. Since she first became interested in running as a hobby, she has dreamt of completing the London marathon.  She feels that Jewish Care’s cause is of huge important to her, and is a worthy way to complete her dream of running London.

“I can’t wait to take part in the marathon and thank you to all the donors in helping me raise money for Jewish Care

Josh Domb, 27 who is running this year’s marathon, also has a cause close to his heart.

When my grandma, Diane, went to live at Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff home last year, I was very keen to find a way to show my appreciation for everything that the team at Jewish Care did for her. I’d always thought about running a marathon and this was a great opportunity to do it for an excellent charity, whose work has benefited my whole family.

Having recently completed The Limassol Marathon, his rigorous training has involved runs across the breath of London as well as several training sessions abroad.

We’d like to say a huge good luck and thank you to our four-strong team of marathon runners. Every penny raised will go towards helping Jewish Care support the most vulnerable people within the Jewish community.

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