On Sunday 22 April, nine dedicated runners pounded the 26.2miles in the Virgin London Marathon 2012 to successfully finish and raise in excess of £30,000 for World Jewish Relief.
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Sammy Ross, 24, from Bushey, London was one of the WJR Team who ran the Virgin London Marathon 2012 for WJR, the main overseas humanitarian aid charity of the UK Jewish community. Sammy fundraised via his WJR fundraising page, myWJR, so that every penny he raised went straight to the charity. Sammy completed the race in an impressive 4 hours and 9 minutes and reached his target by fundraising over £2,494 - funds that will help vulnerable Jews in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and those in need across the world.
Sammy said; "I ran the first half of the marathon in one hour 45 minutes and then the next half was just really hard. The support was amazing and seeing the finish line was unbelievable. I hit my fundraising target on the morning of the marathon which was a real boost. I found out about WJR through a friend and really wanted to run for them as they do incredible work across the world. I'd like to thank Emma for organising the runner's support so well through the whole process. Would I do it again...? Never say never."
Emma Segal, 31, from Golders Green, London and is Head of Community Partnerships for World Jewish Relief. She had already signed up to run London Marathon 2012 for WJR before she started working for the charity and she’s showed her devotion to the charity by training hard and completed the marathon in 4 hours and 42 minutes raising £3,252. Emma’s role involves working with community based organisations to build support for WJR and raise funds for WJR’s vital work around the world. Emma also fundraised via her myWJR page.
After the Marathon, Emma said; "I'm feeling amazing and can't believe I've done it now - all the training, the fundraising and knowing I've raised so much for World Jewish Relief makes it worth it. The best thing was seeing everyone at the WJR cheering stations along the route. The hardest point was about 21 miles and I walked for about a second but then I saw my mum, my sister and my boyfriend and I just ran for the rest of the way.
"I’d like to say a big thank you to all our runners for raising £30,000 for WJR. It is fantastic to be in a position where I can see firsthand the impact that the the funds raised will have on those in desperate need in countries like Moldova and Ukraine."
You can sign up now for your place in London Marathon 2013 or fundraise in other events for WJR by running, cycling or walking. To find out more about taking part in a World Jewish Relief Challenge visit www.wjr.org.uk/challenges or call 020 8736 1250.
Running for WJR:
Darren Braham - 4hours 12mins
Nathan Ezair - 4hours 27mins
Gilly Freedman - 4hours 50mins
Adam Jacobs - 4hours 4mins
Daniel Linton 4hours 2mins
Sammy Ross - 4hours 9mins
Sam Roth - 3hours 42mins
Emma Segal - 4hours 42mins
Robert Zive - 3hours 45mins