Meet our 2019 Team
Shirley Russo is a parishioner at St Wilfrid’s Jesuit Parish in Preston. She is training to be a swimming official and is very active in the parish. She has only been running one year but the London Marathon has been something she has wanted to do for many years. Please support her efforts here.
Simon Harris is a PE teacher at St Ignatius Jesuit College in Enfield and is running the London Marathon two weeks after his 30th birthday. He plays a lot of rugby but now it’s time to increase his running before the big day! Please support his efforts here.
Clara Baldwin was inspired to run the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions after seeing the Womble attend Mount St Mary’s Strictly Come Dancing event. She has a son who attends Jesuit school Barlborough Hall. Please support her efforts here.
Stephanie Beech is the Communications Officer at Jesuit Missions. After working here for one year, it didn’t take much to persuade her to run her first marathon for us! Please support her efforts here.
Diane Bugeja is travelling from Malta to run the London Marathon. She is an avid runner covering an average of 50-60km per week and is a close friend of Fr Patrick Magro who last year ran as a womble. Diane attended a Jesuit high school in Malta. Please support her efforts here.
Bridget Phyland is travelling all the way from Australia. She attended a Jesuit school, has been a volunteer in her Jesuit parish and worked for Jesuit Communications Australia. Please support her efforts here.
Lizzie Sturrock has been a PE teacher at St Aloysius Jesuit College for the past 15 years. A sports enthusiast from a young age, she wanted to take the leap from a half marathon to a full marathon. Please support her efforts here.
Stonyhurst Sprinters is a group of six staff from Stonyhurst Jesuit college who have decided to put their Faith into Action and be “Men and Women for others” as they take on the London Marathon challenge for Jesuit Missions. Please support their efforts here.
Annabel Johnson is a teacher and parent at Donhead Primary school. She saw the marathon as an opportunity to support those across the world who are not as fortunate to receive such a good education. She enjoys distance running as a time for herself to focus her thoughts and listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Please support her efforts here.
St Aloysius College has a team of four teachers who will be running the marathon for Jesuit Missions this year. Please support their efforts here.
Alain Van West is a parishioner at Sacred Heart in Wimbledon, and this will be his third marathon on behalf of Jesuit Missions. He ran his first marathon in memory of Father Kevin Donovan, and is also dedicating this one to him. Training is well under way and he hopes to improve on his last time of 4 hours 43. Please support his efforts here.
John Dawson is a chaplain at St Ignatius College London. This is his second attempt at running the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions after breaking his toe just 4 weeks before the big day last year. Please support his efforts here.