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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Jesuit Missions train record number of marathon runners
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¬†A record number of runners will be taking part in the 2004 Flora London Marathon in support of Jesuit Missions. Around 50 runners, including doctors, teachers, a priest and students, will be running the 26.2 miles on Sunday, 18 April, with a target of £80,000 for projects overseas. The largest group of 16 runners are former students of Stonyhurst College and their friends, who are running on behalf of Jesuit Missions' Wakupe! project. They are headed by Ben Ramsden, an old boy from Stonyhurst, who recently returned from working with the Indigenous Amerindians in Guyana, and they will be running in traditional Amerindian hunting dress: body paint, loin cloths and feathers! The aim of Wakupe! (which means 'good' in the local language) is to start a fund to empower the people to maintain their traditional ways and provide for a sustainable future. Stonyhurst's deputy head, Laurence McKell, will be joined by members of staff and pupils and raising money for Zimbabwe Famine Relief and the Jesuit Refugee Service in South Africa. The headmaster of another Jesuit school, Chris McGrath of Donhead School in Wimbledon, is also running; over the past two years, Donhead has raised over £10,000 for Jesuit Missions. Meanwhile, St Ignatius College in Enfield, which last week presented Jesuit Missions with a cheque for £12,000 for the children's orphanage at Makumbi mission in Zimbabwe, is represented by Andrew O'Byrne and Lawrence Ward, whose sponsorship donations will be supporting the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Zambia. Jesuit-in-training, Raymond Perrier SJ, will be among the runners supporting the Nazareth House AIDS Hospice in Cape Town. He and fellow runner Bryan Hewitt make up the St Ignatius (Stamford Hill) Parish Team. The Wombles ≠ a regular feature of Jesuit Missions' participation in the London Marathon ≠ will also be taking part this year. The costumes will be worn by two veteran Marathon runners, Ian Morgan from South Africa, and Declan Gleeson, and two doctors, Ross Hutchinson and Brian Thursby-Pelham, who will be going for a world record as a Womble, having previously finished in 3hrs 45mins! Over the past eight years, runners in the Marathon have raised over £420,000 for the mission work undertaken by Jesuits in Zimbabwe, Guyana and South Africa. To see full details of the runners taking part in the London Marathon on behalf of Jesuit Missions and the projects they will be supporting, go to http://www.jesuitmissions.org.uk/
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