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Laurence Inman

With this year’s London Marathon now just days away, Jewish News reports on some of the community’s athletes who will be running to raise money for Jewish charities.

Emunah will have two runners competing for them on Sunday, trainee accountant William Wolfson, 27, from Harrow-on-the Hill and finance manager Jonathan Fenster, 53, from South Harrow. Representing a charity which supports disadvantaged children in Israel, they will also benefit from funds raised by great grandmother Flora Frank, 70, who will also be running under the Norwood banner.

William said: “I’ve been doing between 10 to 13 miles at weekends and going to the gym in the week, but that stopped because I was busy with exams. My great aunt is Lilian Brodie who is very involved with Emunah, so I know about the charity.” The Hendon Reform Synagogue member has so far raised £1,150 of his £1,500 target. Sponsor him at: http//www.justgiving.com/WilliamWolfson

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Jonathan Fenster

Jonathan will be running his second London Marathon, having completed the course in 4.32 in 2009.  He said: “I ran the first time because of a friend and said never again, but I got my arm twisted.  My training is going very well and I’ve recently done long runs, 19 miles and 17 miles. All being well, I should be fit and ready for the day.” The Hatch End Masorti shul member is hoping to raise £2,500 for Emunah “because of the good work they carry out.” http//justgiving.com/Jonathan-Fenster

Emunah Director Deborah Nathan said: “We’re really grateful for their supreme efforts in taking on this personal challenge as well as raising funds for children in need.”

Maccabi GB have two runners competing on their behalf. Debra Silver, 30, from Woodside Park is running specifically for the Maccabi GB Challenge Tour to Israel. She said: “I’ve wanted to do the London Marathon for many years and was lucky enough to get a volunteers place. I’ve chosen to run for Maccabi GB because, having volunteered for them since 2008, I have seen the amazing work they do. And I particularly chose to run for the Challenge Tour as it combines my love for Israel with my passion for working with young people with additional needs.”

Joel Nathan, 45, from Elstree, said: “Maccabi GB is something I am very passionate about and work very closely with them in bringing sport to every aspect of British Jewry. I will also be donating to a  couple of other charities, Children with Cancer and the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group” http//www.maccabigb.everydayhero.com/uk/joel

WIZO UK will be represented by IT director Greg Brandon, the 33-year-old has already raised nearly £4,000.

Laurence Inman will be running his fourth London Marathon. He says: “I’ll be supporting two charities which are very close to my family, the Sick Children’s Trust and Scoliosis Association, two small charities which do such great work to support families like us, that don’t get the same profile as some larger charities.” Cheered on by his wife Sarah, children Samuel & Gina, and other family members, you can sponsor him at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LawrenceInmanmarathon

Norwood will have 23 athletes running on their behalf. They include Flora Frank, who is running her 30th Marathon for the charity, and who has already raised around £200k for Norwood. Andrea Fraquelli has done multiple marathons for Norwood, occasionally under three hours and donates to Norwood via her restaurant chain – Metropolitan Restaurants. Every time people order certain dishes, they are donating to Norwood. She once ran four international marathons in one year for the charity

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