Yonni is back on the streets despite vow

AFTER taking part in the London Marathon in April 2012, Yonni Abramson swore he would never compete in such a gruelling event again.

However, the Mancunian is set to don his running kit again for the New York Marathon on Sunday, November 2.

London-based Yonni said: "I did say I would never do another one, but I wanted another challenge.

"Actually taking part in the marathon was fantastic, but the training was exhausting and a huge commitment, too. I actually missed it.

"I tore my ankle ligaments a year ago playing football, so I have missed that competitiveness.

"Plus, my time in the London Marathon was four hours, 33 minutes and I know I can do better."

The 26-mile Big Apple event goes through the five boroughs of New York City and is the largest marathon in the world.

Two years ago, Yonni raised 16,000 for Norwood - and this time around he is aiming for 20,000.

The charity provides hundreds of services supporting vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities within the Jewish and wider communities in London and the south-east.

The 30-year-old, who is chairman of the Young Norwood committee, explained: "Norwood really needs the funds. It doesn't just help people with learning difficulties, it also helps Jewish people with everyday issues."

The father-of-two, who is married to Angela (nee Tishbi), initiated a 16-week programme which involved running three times per week, a total of 20-30 miles and hitting the gym twice a week.

Earlier this month, he competed in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, in London's Hyde Park, finishing in a time of one hour and 43 minutes.

Yonni will be cheered on in New York by Angela, their two children and many of his wife's family, who live in the city.

He added: "I have so far raised 10,000 - my friends, family and work colleagues have been brilliant.

"I am hoping to finish the marathon in under four hours this time."

And, as Yonni's parents, Karen and Martin, live in Israel, he says he may be tempted to register for the Jerusalem Marathon, too.

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