Jesuit Missions runners take on London Marathon

The finishers

The finishers

Jesuit Missions fielded a team of 26 runners to the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April this year. Their team included John Jackson and Richard Hargreaves who ran as Wombles in a fantastic time of five hours 32 minutes.

The team were running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke SJ, a Jesuit priest who was tragically murdered whilst serving in South Sudan in November 2018. Two of his colleague's Fr Kyara Corbinian SJ and Fr Alexander Wainaina SJ had hoped to join the Jesuit Missions team but unfortunately had their visas denied. Director Paul Chitnis says: "I was very disappointed that the two African Jesuits had been denied visas. I contacted my MP and four government ministers expressing my anger and asking for the decision to be over-turned. After 48 hours it was, but sadly not in time for the bureaucracy to be completed."

Jesuit Missions hopes to raise over £50, 000 from this year's marathon sponsorship which will support their life changing work across the world including a teacher training college in South Sudan which was started by Fr Victor Luke.

The Virgin Money London Marathon hashtag was this year #thanksabillion representing the amount of money that has been raised or charity over the last 39 years. Stephanie Beech, Communications Officer at Jesuit Missions who finished in 3 hours 51 minutes, says, "This year's hashtag sums up the gratitude I feel to every single person who was supporting and volunteering out on the course on Sunday. The support and whole organisation of the day was unbelievable. I'm so grateful to every single person who has sponsored me before, during and after the event; I'm so overwhelmed by all the generosity."

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Tags: Marathon, Jesuits, Fr Victor-Luke SJ, Fr Kyara Corbinian SJ, Fr Alexander Wainaina SJ, Jesuit Missions, Paul Chitnis

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