Amazing Race

If you missed the St Mark's Youth 5K Run on Saturday 28 September 2013, let us just say that you missed half your life and will miss the other half if you did not make a donation. So, here is your chance to redeem the latter half of your life by making an online donation at the 5krun website, and read some of our athletes' reflections below.

Maria 'Breeze' Shalaby, from the Secondary Sunday School

The run was a great opportunity for all of us. It was one that we can thank God for giving us because it gave us a chance to put in the effort to aid people who are very unfortunate. I would really love to share the feelings I experienced completing the run with such amazing people, so I hope there will be another run like this to be arranged soon. I really wish for there to be more of us, for as it said in Ephesians 4:11-12 "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." I think we should all work together like the apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers to build the body of Christ by putting ourselves out there by connecting with the work to build the body of Christ! For we are all a part of Christ and to build His body, the world must be in unity.

Patrick Aazer, 8 years-old, from the Primary Sunday Schoolthumb

On the 28th of September 2013, there was a group of people gathering to run a 5 kilometre race to raise money for the Coptic youth in Saint Mark's. We were really excited to run, but we had to start off by stretching and warming up by jogging on the spot. Then there were people that attended to like it and have fun. We were running in different groups. Simon, Abram and Kerolos lead the race. Silvia, Patrick and Maria were in the second group because we were jogging fast. Mary, Uncle Ehab, Auntie Teresa and Peter were in the third group because they were walking very slowly. We saw Simon, Abram and Kerolos coming back. I knew I was not going to win the race and most probably come in 6th place which I did. Loizos came last and went with Simon. Simon ran 10 kilometres because he did it twice once with Loizos and once with Kerolos and Abram. Simon won 1st, Abram won 2nd, Kerolos won 3rd, Maria won 4th, Silvia won 5th, Patrick won 6th, Peter won 7th, Mary and Auntie Teresa won 8th and Loizos came last place. I was so tired, I felt like my legs were chopped off and I couldn't bend my legs any more. I loved the race but I said to my mum, "Why did I come here!". My mum said to raise money for charity. People cheered for us and said, "Looking good guys." We finally arrived, did some stretching then we were waiting for the others to come which wasn't long. Loizos finally arrived with Simon. Everybody was cheering for him; he was really dizzy and we were all happy. I took some pictures. People were still smiling and I thought they were going to smile all day. We got on the bus and I slept for a minute. We had to get off the bus so my brother carried me out and woke me up. I walked really slowly but we finally reached home safely. We were all very happy to be part of this amazing group of people who gathered to raise money for charity through a great and exciting race. Looking forward to the next one when my legs start working again!

St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

  • St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church
    Allen Street, Kensington
    London W8 6UX