Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for SKT Welfare

skthalfmarathonLet’s dust off those running shoes, prepare for a whistle-stop tour of London’s most beautiful parks and help raise funds to support the fantastic work of the humanitarian charity, SKT Welfare.

On Sunday 9 October 2016, thousands of runners will take on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, which starts and finishes in Hyde Park. The 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. It also passes through four of London’s eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

SKT Welfare have 13 places waiting to be filled. Although undulating in parts, the course is not hilly and would be great for either experienced or first time half marathon runners, though couch potatoes need not apply. There is a registration fee of £50 and a fundraising target of £500.

SKT Welfare is dedicated to the delivery of humanitarian aid and solutions regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief. Its aim is to help relieve the suffering of the world’s poorest communities. Since its inception, the charity has accomplished several projects in the UK, Pakistan, India, Morocco, Somalia and more recently, Palestine.

Since 2011 and the onset of the crisis in Syria, SKT Welfare has re-oriented most of its efforts addressing the humanitarian fallout from this conflict, and has become instrumental in delivering aid to Syrians in need, both inside Syria and within refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

To register your place, please contact Nageena on 07427946971 or email


Batman v Superman

Look superheroes, if you’re going to start competing with each other, at least let it be for a good cause. Put away those grudges, drop all that talk of supremacy and get yourselves down to Regents Park in London, for the ever brilliant Superhero Run.

Seriously, you guys, planet earth has a lot bigger problems to deal with than some idiot called Zod and your petty battles over who can change into his costume quickest. Problems like access to clean water. Imagine the good you could have done with the $225 million you spent walloping each other for 2.5 hours. Not to mention the fun you could have had.

Last year nearly 40 brave men and women took to the park on Sunday 17th May, raising thousands of pounds for Islamic Relief’s Water4Life campaign. Team Mix It Up — a group of ladies who train at a women-only fitness centre in Aston — raised almost £3000 between them. These superheroes signed up for this challenge to promote fitness and wellbeing in their community and to raise funds for clean, safe drinking water in developing countries.

So come on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, whoever: bury the hatchet and break out those running shoes. Get yourself down to the Superhero Run on 15th May to raise funds for Islamic Relief. You’ll be joining 3,000 runners raising money for a tonne of other charities. You don’t need to have experience: it’s the taking part that matters, not the winning — so you can always jog or walk if you need to.

Last year’s event was a fantastic day out for all involved. They were true superheroes, raising funds to provide access to that most vital resource, that most of us take for granted: clean water. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be a superhero for the day.

For more information and to sign up, please visit the Islamic Relief challenges website today.

Halifax to Bradford Fun Run for Islamic Relief

Halifax to Bradford Charity Run - Islamic ReliefOkay my Northern lovelies, this one’s for you! Coventry too far south to travel for your first running adventure of the year? Fear not, because the Islamic Relief Halifax to Bradford Fun Run falls the same day and it’s calling you now.

There are millions of children in poverty around the world, feeling the effects of war, drought and famine. The good news is that charities like Islamic Relief are on the ground to supports as many as they possibly can, to provide access to food, water, education, sanitation and opportunities. The Halifax to Bradford Fun Run on 28 February is billed as a Run for the Children! 

The fun run follows a beautiful scenic 10km route through the hills between Halifax and Bradford in West Yorkshire and is open to people at all levels. You can run, walk or cycle the route, and bring along the whole family if you wish to. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to raise £150 in sponsorship.

For more information and to sign up for this challenge, please visit the Islamic Relief fundraising page now.



Walk, jog or run the Coventry Half Marathon to help Refugees

Get active for a good cause by joining Penny Appeal’s “Run For Their Lives” challenge!

Penny Appeal’s new fundraising manager Haroon Mota will be leading #TeamOrange as they take on 13.1 miles at Coventry’s Half Marathon on Sunday 28th February, and you could be one of them.

#TeamOrange are looking for amazing individuals like you to join Haroon and take on this incredible challenge, to provide vital provisions for refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. You’ll help provide food packs, hygiene essentials and medical supplies, which for many people could be the difference between life and death.

Also taking on this challenge is Mergim Butaja, star from 2015 BBC The Apprentice series. You could be joining him and the rest of the team. This is your chance to do something AMAZING!

Registration & further info:

Penny Appeal fundraiser Haroon Mota For enquiries contact Haroon

– M:  07743 518 068 E:

Follow and support the team on Twitter @Haroon_Mota

Penny Appeal joined forces with Amir Khan to deliver a life saving convoy to refugees arriving on Lesbos Island

Wow Run 2015

The Women of Wellness (WOW) 5K Walk/Run 2015 aimed to empower women to take charge of their health and fitness to secure a brighter future for themselves and their family, and nullify the common belief that health and fitness is a chore.

This ladies-only fun run, which took place on Sunday 25th October 2015 at Candler Park, in Decatur, Georgia, USA, was a stunning success with women of all backgrounds taking part.

The event was hosted by Muslimahs Endure and Family Community & Leadership in Action. A portion of the proceeds were donated to The Baitul Salaam Network, a non-profit domestic violence awareness organization founded in 1997.



Count down to the Great Birmingham Run

This Sunday, a team of 6 volunteers will be running 13.1 miles at The Great Birmingham Run! Amongst them is our very own Kanza Ahmed. They are ‪#‎Running4Gaza‬ to help raise funds & awareness about Islamic Relief’s ongoing Gaza campaign. Kanza says:

“after much talking about it, I have finally got my trainers on and decided to tackle my first ever half marathon Inshallah and I want to dedicate my 13.1 miles to fundraise for the people of Gaza! So here’s the deal… I run the miles and you get to help people from the comfort of your sofa… an amazing deal all round!”

Support these brave volunteers, and help them reach their fundraising goals to help Islamic Relief do more for the people of Palestine, insha’Allah!

If you’re in Birmingham, why not get yourself to the race to cheer on some of the 20,000 people who’re running for so many great causes.

Good luck Kanza! We know you can do it. 🙂

Pretty Muddy for Cancer Research

A team of 17 Leeds research staff had a marvellously muddy time at Temple Newsam taking part in the Leeds Pretty Muddy for Cancer Research UK. Taking on obstacles including mud pits, climbing frames and slides they had  a great time getting very messy. ‘This was such a great event,’ said Andy Wilson, the Centre’s Engagement Manager. ‘Everyone enjoyed it so much they want to do it again – ideally with even more mud and more obstacles!’  As well as enjoying themselves the team have been busy fundraising for the charity and would love a few more donations, so if you can spare a couple of pounds please visit their JustGiving website.