The excitement of the big days reigned in Al Ahsa, as more than 1,500 participants, from all over the kingdom, lined up on the starting line with infectious joy. All were determined to surpass themselves on a course of 3km long.
A few weeks before the announcement of this breathless race, the Saudi authorities, under the reforming influence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had already many of his fellow countrymen speechless by proclaiming open the next international Riyadh marathon for women.
The winner of the first women’s endurance race held on Saudi soil was 28-year-old Mizna Al-Nassar, ecstatic to step onto the podium and filled with pride. This seasoned athlete, who doubles as a talented graphic designer, wanted to dedicate her beautiful victory to her parents whose unwavering support has allowed her.
“I participated in the 2017 Islamic Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Women’s Sports Games in Sharjah in 2018,” she said with a broad smile and stars in her eyes.
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.
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: https://www.pennyappeal.org/appeal/run-for-their-lives
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
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.