Last stages of training for our London marathon runners

Chris Krall SJ in training
Chris Krall SJ in training

With the London Marathon coming up on Sunday Jesuit Missions’ 14-strong team are in the last stages of training and fundraising.

The fundraising from the 2017 London Marathon will help provide an education to people whose lives have been devastated by conflict and displacement. All funds raised by our runners will be sent to our colleagues at Jesuit Refugee Service in Maban, South Sudan to offer quality education, counselling and training to children and adults from both refugee and host communities.

Fr Chris Krall SJ, an American Jesuit who recently joined the Campion Hall community in Oxford, to pursue a Masters in Sacred Theology and a DPhil in Science and Religion, will be running his sixteenth marathon and his first for Jesuit Missions.  He is proud to support the work of Jesuit Refugee Service in war-torn South Sudan.  

Chris asks you to be a companion on his journey on Sunday by supporting South Sudan refugees via his fundraising page.  “ I have just finished reading the decrees of the 36th General Congregation entitled “Companions on a mission of reconciliation and justice” … it all goes back to when I was an undergraduate at Boston College and first got into marathon running, that sense of feeling alive and being in it for the long haul, just as the very first Jesuits were inspired when they set up the Society of Jesus at the very first General Congregation, for the greater glory of God. We go where we are most needed and right now that is South Sudan”  To be a companion on Chris's marathon mission please go to his fundraising page.

Jesuit Missions staff will be welcoming runners and their supporters to London on Saturday evening with a traditional pasta party so the runners can stoke up on carbs.  And after the race the runners will be brought back to Farm Street church hall, not far from the finishing line on the Mall, for refreshments, showers and massages.

On Sunday Sam Aidoo, JM Education for Justice Coordinator, will be swapping roles.  Normally on marathon day she is cheerleading, encouraging and helping out behind the scenes.  This year she is front of stage as a runner in her first marathon. She says “Training has been so solitary and I can’t wait to get among the crowds, the music and all the different scenes around London. [when I cross the finish line] I’ll try not to cry. Hopefully I’ll be on my feet with a smile on my face.”

Michael Frain is running for the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Wellington Womble costume.  A veteran of many marathons and “Iron Man” competitions, Michael is an alumnus of St Ignatius College and a former pupil of Fr David Stewart SJ.  Fr Stewart will be marrying Michael and his fiancée next year, and plans to cheer Michael on his way on Sunday.  Please support Michael on his Just Giving page

Michael and Chris are joined by four other alumni of Jesuit schools on the 2017 London marathon:  Joe Notter, Ryan Stokes, Robert Simpson (all from Stonyhurst College) and  Nicholaus Prasetya (Canisius College Senior High School Indonesia). 

Please visit the JM Marathon page for more details of these and all the other runners, and please support our work in South Sudan with a donation.