As our marathon runners enter the final stage of their training, we meet three Stonyhurst alumni who will be coming together to run as part of the Jesuit Missions marathon team this year. The money they raise will be used to support our partner projects such as educating refugees in Uganda and empowering women in India.
Charlie Jolleys and Greg Jansen were friends in the class of 2011. This will be the first marathon for both of them, though as members of the Stonyhurst 1st XV they spent a lot of time training and playing rugby together while at school.
Please show your support and visit Charlie and Greg’s fundraising page here.
“All through our school days there was always a connection to Jesuit Missions, we were always of aware of their work and did many fundraising events for them and our companion school (St Peter’s Kubatana in Zimbabwe), so it seemed a natural choice to fundraise for Jesuit Missions in our first marathon,” Charlie commented.
Gabriel Cohen was in the class of 2009, and then attended Oxford University where he met the Jesuit chaplains at the University chaplaincy. “Running for Jesuit Missions seemed an obvious way to go,” Gabriel commented, “added to which I volunteered for a while with Jesuit Refugee Service in London, so there is a strong connection there too.” Gabriel has kept up running since school days when he was on the cross-country team “I used to run up and down Longridge Fell in all weathers” he recalls.
Gabriel and his wife Elizabeth (also a Stonyhurst alumna) have three small children, the youngest of whom is just three weeks old.
“Yes” he reflected “it is a slightly bizarre time to choose to run the marathon but I always assumed I’d do it at some point and I thought I should just bite the bullet and get on with it, the family will all be out to support me on the day!”
Show your support and visit Gabriel’s fundraising page here.
None of the three Stonyhurst alumni will commit to an ultra-challenging target time; although they’re aiming for roughly four to four and a half hours.
Meet our Mount St Mary’s team here and visit their fundraising page to support their efforts.