Case studies

Training towards friendship

Vanessa Joubin is French and lives in London. She mentors Tewodros Tekeste, a refugee from Eritrea who came to the UK in 2003 and is now living in East London.

When Vanessa recently ran in the Flora London Marathon, Tewodros helped her with her training and they ran the half marathon in Liverpool together in March.

"We trained together every Sunday morning o­n Clapham Common", says Vanessa. "I was training for the full marathon and it was Tewodros' idea to help me by training with me so, instead of me mentoring him, he was supporting me!

"It was a nice way to spend some lighter time together away from the harder everyday things we usually work through, like battling bureaucracy.

Tewodros says, I was very excited about seeing Liverpool, even though we were running! It felt very good for me to be able to help Vanessa as she has been there for me and helped me to find my feet in London.

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