A runner has raised thousands of pounds for a charity after completing a half marathon.

Viv Green, from Finchley, was one of eight runners who ran for Jewish Care in the Royal Parks Half Marathon last Sunday (October 13), raising £6,000 for the health and social care charity.

The money is set to help the charity continue to deliver services for people across London and the south east.

Mrs Green said: “I thought it was a good time to give the race a go again as it’s a lovely one to run.

“It’s widely known in the community what a valuable role Jewish Care holds for the vulnerable amongst us and it’s a pleasure to be lending my support to such a great organisation.”

Mrs Green, who is an old age psychiatrist and the chairwoman of Jewish Care’s dementia consultative group, has competed in the half marathon three times, having set a new personal best time this year by completing the course in just over two hours.

The 13.1 mile route took runners past London’s iconic landmarks and through four of capital’s eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens.

Toby Hanbury, from Bushey, also ran in the half marathon for Jewish Care, with this year being the first time he has competed in the race.

Mr Hanbury said: “It was a phenomenal experience to take part in my first half-marathon and it was great to be cheered on by the Jewish Care team.

“It was tough towards the end but the high fives and cheering helped me focus on the many vital areas of support that the charity gives to so many vulnerable people in our community.”

Jewish Care’s director of fundraising and community engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, added: “There was a great atmosphere and it was fantastic to see all of our runners. I’d like to thank them for taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon to support Jewish Care.

“Each week 10,000 people in our community rely on our services, many of which receive little or no Government funding.

“These include our specialist day centres for people living with dementia, our social work team and community centres, our staff work incredibly hard and are dedicated to supporting people to remain active and engaged members of our community, whilst maintaining their dignity and quality of life.”