The Maccabi GB Community Fun Run (MGB CFR) lived up to its name as the largest Jewish event in the UK as well over 6,500 members of the community descended on Allianz Park on Sunday.
A fantastic 2,650 people participated in the running events with well over 4,000 spectators cheering them on from the stands.
For a fifth year in a row, Allianz Park hosted the event. They took part in five distances – the 10km, 5km, 5km Walk, family favourite 1km and challenging Tri-Run where all three distance were combined.
Each run began with VIP starters who congratulated participants on their efforts of raising vital funds for the communal organisations. Nick Bitel, CEO of London Marathon and Chair of Sport England, set off the 10km distance; Barnet Mayor Reuben Thompstone launched the 5km and 5km Walk distances; and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis began the 1km distance.
As they crossed the finish line on the stadiums athletics track, each participant was congratulated with a brand new Maccabi GB Community Fun Run medal.
Runners and supporters took part in the brilliant Fun Zone which hosted activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, glitter and face painting, bungee trampolines and inflatable assault courses. They could also learn more about the charity or school they opted to raise funds for by visiting the packed Charity Fair. Health and Wellbeing sponsors The Elms Sport in Schools and Fit Club Studios, arranged different activities for everyone to take part in at the Health and Wellbeing Hub as well as offer treatments to boost a healthy lifestyle.
The Maccabi GB Community Fun Run was part of a worldwide event with 37 other cities hosting the event this year.
With the final amount still being counted, it is predicted that hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised across all of the charities and school with the final figure being announced in the coming weeks.
The 78 charities and Schools involved on the day were: 45 Aid Society, Aims2Cure, Aish, AJEX, AJR Charitable Trust, AKIM, All Aboard, Art Therapies for Children, Beis Shvidler School, Beit Halochem UK, Boys Town Jerusalem, Bright Futures UK, British Friends of Rambam Medical Centre, Camp Simcha, Chai Cancer Care, Chana, Clore Shalom School, CST, Eden Primary School, FZY, Gesher School, GIFT, Hasmonean Primary Schools, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, Independent Jewish Day School, Israel Guide Dog Centre, Israeli Dance Institute, Jami Jewish Blind & Disabled, Jewish Care, Jewish Child's Day, Jewish Volunteer Network, Jewish Woman's Aid, JLGB, Jnetics, JW3, Kisharon, Langdon, LEKET UK, Liberal Judaism, London Jewish Family Centre, Maccabi GB, Make a Wish Israel, March of the Living, Masorti Judaism, Mathilda Marks Primary School, Mavar, Sacks-Morasha Jewish Primary School, Moriah Jewish Primary School, Nightingale Hammerson, Noa Girls, North West Jewish Primary School, Norwood, ORT UK, Phone and Learn, PJ Library in the UK, Reform Judaism, Resource Centre, Rimon Jewish Primary School, Save a Childs Heart, Secondary1st, Shaare Zedek UK, Shabaton L’Menucha, Shofar Daycare Nursery, Stand Up! Education by Discrimination, Step By Step Kids, Streetwise, The Alan Mattey Charitable Trust, The Together Plan, UJIA, UK Friends of Schneider Children’s Hospital, United Synagogue, World Jewish Relief, Yad Sarah, Yavneh Schools, Yellow Candle Project, Yoni Jesner Foundation and Youth Aliyah Child Rescue.
A special thanks go to the sponsors and partner organisations of the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run: The Saracens Trust, The JC, Squires Estates, Masa Israel, Dare2b, JW3, Creative & Commercial, Express Vending, The Elms Sport in Schools, FitClub Studios, MT Finance, Jewish Volunteering Network, CST and Robin Ruth UK. A special thanks must also go to everyone who donated prizes for our amazing raffle.
Stacey Abendstern, Maccabi GB Community Fun Run Manager said “This was without a doubt, the biggest and best Maccabi GB Community Fun Run we have ever held. It was unbelievable to see so many members of the community get active and raise funds for a charities and schools that is important so them, all under one roof. To have broken last years participation record is something which we are incredibly proud and is testament to how popular and important this event is to our community. There really was a run for everyone.”
Maccabi GB's Head of Programmes, Jessica Overlander-Kaye said “We want to thank the incredible 78 charities and schools who were an enormous part of this special event and of course to our amazing sponsors and partners who help make the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run possible. As the UK’s leading provider of Jewish, sport, health and wellbeing, it is so inspiring for us to see thousands of Jewish people taking an active role in supporting worthwhile, Jewish causes.”
Maccabi GB CEO Martin Berliner added, “This year’s Maccabi GB Community Fun Run was the best yet. The community each year embrace the importance of this event in the Jewish calendar and next year we once again hope to get bigger and better. I cannot fault the Maccabi GB team and they should take a lot of pride in what they have achieve, not just today but in the lead up to the event as well. Thousands of people came out to support this event today. We impacted on the lives of close to 2% of the entire UK Jewish population.”
Maccabi GB Chairman David Pinnick concluded, “Whether its couch to 5km or running with your grand children, we are making a huge difference to the lives of our community. Yes we provided sport, but today’s event also shows the importance in providing health and wellbeing activities. We are making a footprint in terms of the way forward for the community and we will continue to grow and develop the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run year on year.