This one is for the naysayers, who think there’s no place for an obstacle course event in the Muslim woman’s fundraising tool-kit. Saima and Marria Naseem from Rochdale are training to take on the Born Survivor 10k military obstacle course in Cumbria next Saturday, to raise funds for the Bury Cancer Support Centre, after the pair lost their four year old niece to terminal illness.
Together they will be tackling the tough challenge as part of a team around 40 runners. The course will see participants climbing over walls, wading through mud and crawling through tunnels on brutal and unforgiving Lake District terrain.
“We found out about the Born Survivor challenge from Marria’s fitness instructor who takes part every year,” Saima said. “Around three months ago, we decided we would give it a go so we’ve been training hard at the gym and going to the instructor’s boot camp classes to prepare. It’s going to be hard but we are looking forward to the challenge and are hoping the weather will be on our side. Between us, we aim to raise around £500 which will go towards the Bury Cancer Unit to help children with cancer like Sahar.”
Born Survivor is way too tough for me, but it gives me hope for our easier, more light-hearted affair.