The 2015 review: a year of challenges

Muslims have had a great year taking on mud runs, obstacle course races and other challenges in an effort to raise vital funds for all kinds of good causes. Here are some of the stories we covered; no doubt but a drop in the ocean of challenges conquered in 2015:

  • In March, several students from Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow participated in the Muddy Trials mud run, raising money for two worthwhile causes.
  • In May, Rajeh Shaikh and Sadia Sajid took part in Spartan Race Sprint to raise funds for Computer Aid International. Muslim blogger Ayanna Kai also took on the 5K Mudderella Run with her mother in the United States.
  • In July, Hussain Master from Preston took on Tough Mudder for the second time to raise funds for local charity, A Day of Sunshine.
  • In August, a team of research staff from Leeds took part in the Pretty Muddy fun run to raise funds for Cancer Research, while Fatima Gouveia from Winchester took on Tough Mudder to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
  • In September, a group of Islamic Help supporters from Bedford took part in Tough Mudder to raise funds for relief work in the Central African Republic. Rihela Nazir and family, meanwhile, took on the Midlands Major Series to raise funds for the dementia charity, BUDS.
  • In October, six volunteers including our very own Kanza Ahmed and Haroon Mota completed the Great Birmingham Run with Islamic Relief to raise funds for Gaza. Over in the United States, dozens of Muslim women took part in the ladies-only fun run, WOW Run 2015.
  • In November, Sajedah Patel took part in a 5K mud run to raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer.
  • In December, hundreds of people participated in Islamic Relief’s Survival Camp to raise funds to support refugees.

It seems 2015 was also the year that Muslim Charities decided to get in on the act and launch their own mud run / obstacle course race challenges.

  • In March, Muslim Hands Scotland created a challenge event called Crawl of Duty, which saw both brothers and sisters take on a muddy assault course at Craufurdland Castle in East Ayshire.
  • In April and again in September, Orphans in Need unleashed a perfectly muddy off-road obstacle course race called Insane Terrain in Cambridgeshire.
  • In August, Islamic Relief unveiled their Mud Run Challenge, with separate events for men and women over a single weekend in Surrey.

We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us. Hopefully much more of the same. Bring it on!


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