JLife catches up with Lloyd Rakusen as he runs his final London Marathon to raise funds for LJWB.
Seasoned runner Lloyd Rakusen will complete his last lap for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) as he finishes the London Marathon once again this October. The fundraiser marks the 20th time the local businessman has generated donations for LJWB out of the 25 London Marathons he has competed in.
Aiming to beat their £15,000 raised from last year’s challenge, Lloyd and the rest of the “Magnificent 8” team this year included Danny Rosenberg, Michael Goldstone, Darren Stone, Jonny Gould, Benjamin Ullmann, and husband and wife duo, Marcus and Vikki Lee.
Lloyd commented on his decision to hang up his trainers: “Being involved with sport all my life, running marathons has been the natural next grade up from the lesser challenges. The adventure, adrenalin buzz, phenomenal comradery, and the mind over matter most of all means it must be done!
“Having unfortunately struggled with illness over the last few years, my mind is still willing, but the body is now weak. But I will continue to jog and walk dependant on my health, as it does clear one’s mind and encourage focus.”
Describing how the passing of his son, Joseph, has been a big motivator for him to keep up his marathon goals, he added: “Remembering Joseph has always kept me putting up a good front. 20 marathons together for LJWB has raised a substantial sum of money each year, and I’ve been flattered and proud to be involved in such a wonderful organisation.”
Lloyd’s contributions have helped greatly towards the group’s support services for the community: “With our son Joseph in mind, it has been a hugely rewarding journey. I do feel greatly saddened that I will not be able to continue but I’m also incredibly proud that my involvement has encouraged a new generation of equally charity minded runners who I’m sure will carry the flag into the future.”
As he retires, Lloyd shared his own advice for aspiring marathoners wanting to run in his footsteps: “Even if you’re not yet a runner, it’s always a good feeling when you’re looking after yourself and allowing total fitness in your mind and body. Your family and friends will also always be there to help and encourage you.”