London Marathon

Bridget Phyland and Diane Bugeja
This year team JM has two runners from the international Jesuit family making their way to London to run the marathon in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ and to raise money to realise his educational legacy in South Sudan.Diane Bugeja from Malta is a serious runner who, prior to starting marathon training, ran around 11km five times a week. “I now follow a training plan and run around 75km a week, which will peak in March. Training is going well so far and I cannot complain. I'm used to...
This year Jesuit Missions London Marathon runners will be running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a 62-year-old Jesuit priest who was tragically murdered in South Sudan in November 2018.Fr Victor-Luke was a Jesuit priest who chose to work in one of the most dangerous and poorest places on earth. He was deeply committed to the people of South Sudan and to the teacher training centre in Cueibet where he worked. Fr Victor-Luke also had big plans to build a new college. Sadly, he was...
Fr Tom Smolich addressing teachers at Pagirinya Secondary School (JRS)
On a recent trip to Uganda, Fr Thomas Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, reiterated JRS’s commitment to the service and accompaniment of the refugee population in Uganda, particularly in the area of education. Currently, Uganda hosts the largest refugee population in Africa. The official figures put the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda at 1,395,146, most of whom from South Sudan.In Kampala, Fr Tom interacted with many of the refugees supported...
Jesuit Mission runners
Another year, another London Marathon. But this year was different. It was hot, very hot. In fact it was the hottest ever London Marathon, with a recorded temperature of 24.2C. This came as a shock to many runners after a long, cold and wet winter of training.Over 40,000 runners took to the streets of London on Sunday 22nd April, among them were 29 people taking on the challenge for Jesuit Missions.The 2018 team included a Womble, a Nun, a team of 10 from Mount St Mary’s, two from Malta (...
Sr Theo catechesis with primary children karasabai
This Sunday Sr Theo CJ will run the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions. Her biggest fear? The possibility of being press-ganged into running in a womble costume! But no worries, two members of the JM team are ready for the womble challenge – watch out!For the preparation, she has had the invaluable support of her younger sister Felicity. “It’s been so great to have her companionship and enthusiasm throughout training, Sr Theo comments. Regarding the training itself, due to her natural runner-...
Mario Farrugia, Fr Patrick Magro SJ and Mark Kimario SJ
At 3.30am, four days a week, Fr Patrick Magro SJ closes the door of the Jesuit community residence at Msida and goes on a 20km run. He returns as dawn breaks, in time to join his Jesuit companions in prayer before they start their day’s work.Every weekend the run covers over 30km. Clear night or pelting rain, he runs. And he is running with a purpose.Mark Kimario SJ is a young Jesuit from Tanzania. He is currently serving in Malta, accompanying students at St Aloysius’ College, Birkirkara. He...
Jane and Rupert set off from Dale
For team JM preparing for the 2018 London Marathon, Easter Sunday was the day the training manuals advise should be your longest run, three weeks before marathon day itself (22nd April). After that you are advised to “power-down”, conserve energy and build up nutrition reserves to get you through the big day. Jane Hellings, the Jesuits’ Director of Development & Communications, is running this year and has recruited her son Rupert Holloway onto the team.  They were holidaying...
Gabriel, Charlie and Greg
                 As our marathon runners enter the final stage of their training, we meet three Stonyhurst alumni who will be making their contribution to team JM this year - raising money to support the Jesuit Missions work educating refugees in Uganda and empowering women in Darjeeling.Charlie Jolleys and Greg Jansen were friends in the class of 2011.  This will be the first marathon for both of them,...
“I want to be a doctor,” Elizabeth says. “My favourite subjects are biology, chemistry, and physics.” Her friend Rebecca wants to be either a doctor or a journalist.Elizabeth and Rebecca, both 17, and are students at St Mary Assumpta Girls’ school in Adjumani, Uganda, which was recently awarded first place in the region. They’re both Dinka, from Jonglei in South Sudan and are now living as refugees in Northern Uganda. They have been able to attend the school thanks to a sponsorship programme...
Photo Credit: Mount St Mary's
A team of ten runners from Mount St Mary’s and Barlborough Hall, in Derbyshire, will be taking on the challenge of running the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions in five weeks. Jesuit Missions Communications Officer Stephanie attended their charity ball on the 10th March to meet the runners and find out more about how their training is going.She said, “It was a fantastic evening; very well organised with a three course dinner, waited on by the sixth form students, followed by a casino. A great...

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