Four staff at Investec will be running for charities in this year’s London Marathon for the first time. Carl Bonnevier, 29, Jennifer Moore, 31 and Kevin Allen, 45 of Investec Bank Jersey as well as Jamie Illing 26, of Investec Trust Jersey will be running the 26.2 miles on Sunday 17 April.
Mr Illing, a senior administrator, who will be running to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, has taken part in three Jersey marathons. Following the recent death of his father Mr Illing said he felt helpless during his dad’s one-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
‘It was very tough for my father with everything that comes with it but what hurt me the most was that I was just a spectator. There is nothing you can do but be there. So now I’m doing something,’ he said.
Mr Illing has been running on and off for about five years and his training is going well with long runs, gym sessions, swimming and five-a-side football. He is hoping to one day run the New York marathon.
Mrs Moore, a personal assistant to the business development team, who is running for Macmillan Cancer Support, teaches a weekly yoga class for cancer survivors.
‘I think it’s rare to find someone who doesn’t know anyone who has been touched by cancer. I’m looking forward to raising money for this cause. Thinking of all those people out there who are fighting their own battle to get well will help me battle through the run on the day,’ she said.
Mrs Moore has run a half marathon previously and is now running four times a week, consisting of three short runs between five and ten miles and a fourth gradually building to 20 miles over the coming weeks.
Mr Bonnevier, who is a business developer, participated in a triathlon last year and wanted a new challenge so decided to run for Médecins Sans Frontières. He said he was looking forward to the challenge.
‘My training has had been limited so far but I’m looking to increase to about 25 to 30 miles per week until two weeks before the marathon,’ he said.
Head of Investec Bank Jersey, Kevin Allen, said he was looking forward to the challenge.
It is not just the personal endeavour that makes participation in the London Marathon so worthwhile but also the large number of charities across the world that will benefit from the proceeds raised. At Investec we encourage staff to participate in activities that will benefit both the community in which they work and those further a field.’
The four runners from Jersey will be accompanied by another in Guernsey, 30 from Investec in London, six from South Africa and one from Australia in this year’s London Marathon.