Jonathan Hellman

On Sunday 8th of April, I’ll be taking part in the 2018 Paris Marathon. Having run my first marathon two years ago – Edinburgh in May 2016 – I am unfortunately all too aware of how gruelling 26.2 miles really is. Luckily, my experience tells me that the best way to survive a marathon – aside from an effective training regime – is to raise lots of money for a good cause. That’s what I’ll be doing in the run-up to Paris.

Enjoying the aftermath of the Reigate Half Marathon, September 2014.

As I started my training for the 2018 Paris Marathon, I began to consider which charity I’d like to raise money for. Working as the Communications Intern for BWAUK since October, I’d seen first hand some of the amazing work we do. Even a small donation goes a long way in Africa, and in many cases our projects are not only life-changing for the people we help, but quite literally lifesaving. This is especially true for our Kids Kitchen Garden project in Freetown, Sierra Leone – the programme which I will be raising money for – as the whole region struggles to recover from the utter devastation caused by the West Africa Ebola outbreak. For the full story, visit the project page.

Runners at the Paris Marathon, passing the 30km mark. 


Despite an injury (and more recently, weather) hit February, my training is progressing pretty well. For the full guide to training for a marathon, read my blog post.

If you’d like more information about the project or about how we spend your donations, feel free to contact me at [email protected].


Banner Photo Credit: World Marathons

Jonathan Hellman