Missions' runners prepare for London Marathon

Clare Greenwood trains in Cumbria for the London Marathon
Clare Greenwood trains in Cumbria for the London Marathon

The London Marathon will take place on Sunday 24 April and there is a distinctive international flavour in this year’s Jesuit Missions team. Runners from Germany, Mexico, the USA and the Philippines will be taking part, among the many people who are so generously donating their time and fund-raising efforts in support of the work of Jesuit Missions. The runners include:

Christopher Brolly, 27, a first-year Jesuit novice in the British Province based in Birmingham and a first-time marathon runner. He says: “I'm hoping that taking part in the London Marathon will not only raise money for Jesuit Missions but also help raise awareness of the Society of Jesus among those who support me and help deepen an understanding of my vocation.”

Tough training

John Golden, 23, is a medical student in London, who attended both St Aloysius College in Glasgow and Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. “Jesuit Missions is as much a part of my upbringing and Jesuit education as any other part of it,” he says. “I am delighted to run for them and raise as much money as possible for all the good causes they support.”

John and Clare Greenwood retired to Cumbria in 2012. Clare turns 60 this year and, wanting to celebrate in fitting style, they both committed to making 2016 the year that they run in their first marathon. Clare says: “Knowing we can support the work of JM in countries such as the Philippines and Zimbabwe through our running will get us through the many hours of tough training!” Clare is pictured above in training.

For more information on the London Marathon, visit the Jesuit Missions website.