Jewish Care’s team of four triumphant runners were proud to complete the 26.2 miles in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise £20,000 to support the charity’s vital work. The runners were spurred on by the incredible atmosphere which saw over 40,000 participants take to the streets cheered on by 1000’s more supporters, including the Jewish Care support team along the route.
27 year old, Josh Domb, who grew up in High Barnet was also on the Jewish Care team and ran in an impressive 3:10. Speaking after his marathon, he said, “I’m buzzing, it was an incredible experience from start to finish and I’m very pleased to have been able to raise money for such a great charity which has done so much for my family.
“The support the whole way around the course was pretty indescribable. Having hundreds of total strangers shout your name and cheer you on makes a huge difference. The unbelievable noise from the crowd made crossing Tower Bridge pretty special and seeing my parents cheering their hearts out in the grandstand with 100 meters to go will also stay with me for a very long time. The toughest part was getting out of bed this morning!
The charity is very important to Josh, whose pre-marathon post in his running blog (click here to read) was dedicated to celebrating his grandma, who is now living with dementia, “When my grandma, Diane, went to live at Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff home in Golders Green last year, I was very keen to find a way to show my appreciation for everything that the team at Jewish Care has done for her. It has been tough for the entire family and I don’t know what we would have done without the team at Jewish Care. Running a marathon for this excellent charity, whose work has benefited my whole family, was a great way to show my gratitude and I’ve had an incredible time preparing for this day.”
Marking his 20th year of working for Jewish Care, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Daniel Carmel-Brown, ran his first marathon in 4:56. Daniel is based at the Golders Green Road office of the charity. Speaking at the charity’s post-race reception for the runners, he said,
“This was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life and definitely the toughest, both physically and mentally. I dedicated my marathon to the 1400 colleagues and 3000 volunteers who work tirelessly for Jewish Care to support the Jewish community of London and the South East. It was the thought of them that got me to the finish.
“At mile 15 I started to feel increasing pain which 10 miles later became unbelievable cramp. At this moment I had to remember my #reasontorun, for all my colleagues over 20 years, for all those who had supported me, for me and all the hard work I had put in before the day. There is digging deep and there is reaching beyond what is normal for a human being to do to achieve a lifetime ambition. It was like an out of body experience, I learnt that it is truly the case that ‘thinking the impossible’ does make things possible.
“Like most families, mine too has been touched by Jewish Care for decades, and the charity did, until January, continue to play an important role in the life of my one remaining grandparent. Sadly, my grandma, Lily Ezekiel passed away early in the new year but I witnessed the incredible care given by such dedicated colleagues. People from over 70 nations supporting one community – in a world of division, this is such a special and uniting force.”
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.