Barrister aces New York Marathon to raise money for hospice
Ben Seifert roars home in 3 hours and 23 minutes in memory of father Martin
09 November, 2018 — By Richard Osley
A BARRISTER trained by running up Parliament Hill before cracking the New York Marathon in memory of his physician father.
Ben Seifert completed the course on Sunday in three hours and 23 minutes. The 40-year-old, who lives in Highgate, was in the Big Apple to raise funds for the St John’s Hospice in St John’s Wood, which looked after his father, Martin Seifert, before his death in 2013.
The hospice had made the family feel “completely welcome to be with him at all hours”, said Mr Seifert, adding: “I was so impressed with unflappability of everyone who worked there, and when he died we knew that he had been looked after with dignity, kindness and respect.”
He added: “When I obtained a place in the New York Marathon there was no question that this would be the charity for me because few people are aware of the amazing work performed by these dedicated professionals.”
Martin Seifert was considered an authority on arthritis and researched HIV treatments, working for more than three decades at St Mary’s Hospital.
His son, who was a Conservative council election candidate in May, is also an occasional baritone opera singer. He said he had been training for more than five months, including runs across Hampstead Heath.
Asked about his impressive time, Mr Seifert said: “It was my first marathon, but I’d been building up to it.”