Ayesha’s Tough Mudder Story

I got down on my knees, closed my eyes and inhaled what only seemed like a life-size tub of Vicks Vapo-Rub. Never in my life had I ever screamed so much profanity as I wriggled my way through the tightest and muddiest of tunnels. I tried so hard to keep my mouth shut and hold my breath, ‘anything’ I thought, to keep the immense amount of menthol vapour that was blasted in my face from winning over me.  And that, was just one of twenty-nine staggering obstacles I overcame during my Tough Mudder experience.

I’m one of those ‘on and off’ types when it comes to hitting the gym. My twenty pounds a month subscription doesn’t often show much return, but I refuse to give it up – I need it to keep me going emotionally. When I’m there, I’m good. I feel strong. I feel empowered.

I was working in Corporate Communications for a company that went on to sponsor Mini Mudder, the kids’ version of Tough Mudder in the Summer of 2015. My colleague managed to secure free tickets (normally up to £90) for a set number of us to take part. When I was initially asked if I wanted volunteer I laughed and said ‘yeah sure’ without even thinking about it. Then came the day that I discovered my name was down on the official list. ‘Crap’, I thought, ‘I’m not fit enough for this!’ But anyone who knows me well enough knows two things about me; I’m always up for a crazy challenge and I love defying the stereotype of a Muslim woman. And I was the only Muslim here, I had to do this for my women. Continue reading “Ayesha’s Tough Mudder Story”

Tough Mudder Half for Islamic Relief

Alrighty, get ready to take part in one of the toughest challenges on the planet. One of Islamic Relief‘s latest fundraising challenges is Tough Mudder Half, a 5 mile mud run designed to drag you out of your comfort zone with a test of physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With the help of your fellow Mudders, you’ll overcome mud-drenched obstacles and adrenaline-pumping challenges. And you’ll do it all … Continue reading Tough Mudder Half for Islamic Relief

Why you need to race in a mud run (and how to survive it)

Originally posted on A Busy Mom's Guide to Being Awesome-ish:
While I definitely consider myself to be fairly fit, I am by no means a runner.? I have always loved the idea of running, so back about 6 years ago, after I had my first child, I took up jogging.? It made sense, given that it is tough to find activities you can do… Continue reading Why you need to race in a mud run (and how to survive it)

Trial and tribulations

Luton Islamic Centre, located in the heart of Bury Park, is a hive of activity. Daily there are study classes open to men and women. On Saturday nights volunteers from the mosque serve soup to the homeless on Luton’s streets. The prayer hall, meanwhile, regularly overflows with aid supplies, ready to be dispatched to the desperate and destitute in war-torn Syria. And while many other mosques turn women away at the front door, this one welcomes them, inviting them to participate in the religious life of the community. Continue reading “Trial and tribulations”

San Francisco Mudlims

On Saturday 1 October 2016, twelve adventurous Muslims from the San Francisco area took part in the brilliant Muckfest fun run to help raise funds for the MS Society’s. Running as a team calling itself the SF Mudlims, they took on a light-hearted 5K obstacle course. Set up to allow participants to have a good friends, the Muckfest mud run is not super challenging: no suffering or pretence of toughness here. … Continue reading San Francisco Mudlims

Get muddy for safe clean water in Gaza

Hold onto your hats (and hijabs): this one’s going to be a blast! February’s chilly Crawl of Duty mud run challenge has now been reincarnated as Mud Rush, an epic adventure to be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend in three locations across the country. Those of you who (rightly) considered mid-winter much too cold to take on an obstacle course challenge now have the … Continue reading Get muddy for safe clean water in Gaza

Conquering our challenge

This is a guest post by Idil Osman. Taking on Tough Mudder was one of the most challenging days each one of us have had. It was both emotionally and physically taxing, but yet immensely rewarding. The challenge to do Tough Mudder was of course our brother Bashir’s plan. He embarked on a fundraising campaign to build 50 wells across some of the driest and … Continue reading Conquering our challenge

Common questions about mud runs and OCR

Are Mud Runs a thing? I’ve never heard of them! Yes, they’re definitely a thing! Sometimes called obstacle course races or trail runs, mud runs are running events that will push you to your limits. Some challenges are just a lot of fun; others are for the serious fitness fanatic. Some challenges include obstacles, while others just include lots of mud. There are many such events around the … Continue reading Common questions about mud runs and OCR

Tough Mudder for Bashir

Following the tragic death of Bashir Osman, head of FOSIS, last July, his siblings have joined together to take on Tough Mudder in his place, to raise money for Penny Appeal’s Thirst Relief appeal. Bashir had been planning to take on the 12-mile challenge when the tragedy occurred last summer. With a fundraising target of £165,000, he was raising money to build 50 wells in East Africa, … Continue reading Tough Mudder for Bashir

Brotherhood Mudder Run

In an effort to raise funds for Islamic Relief, a group of lifelong friends came together this past week to take on two running challenges. Coming together as a team called The Brotherhood they took part in Tough Mudder London West on 30 April and the Muslim Charity Run inVictoria Park, Tower Hamlets, on 8 May. “We came, we saw, we conquered,” said Zara Mir, who took part in Tough … Continue reading Brotherhood Mudder Run

Davies family complete Tough Mudder

This is a guest post by Yasmin Davies. As you’ll know if you read my previous article, my siblings and I decided to take on the fearsome Tough Mudder challenge in order to raise money for Cancer Research on behalf of our beloved mother who sadly passed away after a short battle with Breast Cancer last year. This was a somewhat insane decision, but after several months of preparation, we … Continue reading Davies family complete Tough Mudder

Siblings take on Tough Mudder in memory of mother

This is a guest post by Yasmin Davies. We are a team of 5 family members, who, in a moment of scary premonition, have decided to attempt the extreme and possibly foolish Tough Mudder challenge in order to raise money for Cancer Research on behalf of our beloved mother! Our challenge takes place near Henley on Thames on 30 April. Our mother Zahra Davies who worked as … Continue reading Siblings take on Tough Mudder in memory of mother

7 Inarguable Reasons You Need To Add A Mud Run To Your Bucket List

Originally posted on Live Free, Live Healthy:
This past August, my younger sister was visiting from out of town, and on a whim, I signed us up for a mud run. This was a new experience for the both of us, but it turned out to be the best part of her visit. 🙂 What is a mud run?! Basically an obstacle course filled with… Continue reading 7 Inarguable Reasons You Need To Add A Mud Run To Your Bucket List

An epic adventure

The icy breeze of a chilly winter’s morning, 12 degrees Celsius tops, would be enough to send most of us back indoors for a lazy day at home. A bunch of brave adventurers determined to raise funds for orphans worldwide were undeterred however. On Saturday 20 February 2016, nearly 40 men and women descended on a remote farm in rural Surrey for a fundraising challenge … Continue reading An epic adventure

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3 Reasons Why an OCR is a Great New Year Resolution 

Originally posted on Ryan Runs in Mud:
2016 is finally here, and we all know what that means: time to make those resolutions! Of course, the running gag of resolutions is that you almost feel like you’re making the same one year after year after year. That gets you stuck in this seemingly never-ending rut. You may think there is no chance of achieving your… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why an OCR is a Great New Year Resolution 

Sajedah takes on 5K Mud Run to beat bowel cancer

Sajedah Patel,  Regional Community Fundraiser for Beating Bowel Cancer in the Midlands,  is taking on a 5K Mud Run  on 6 December to raise funds for  Beating Bowel Cancer. She writes: Those of you that know me…will know my obsession with cleanliness and order (Honestly it is not OCD – just a hobby that takes over my life!) and provides entertainment for many – like … Continue reading Sajedah takes on 5K Mud Run to beat bowel cancer

Get ready for Crawl of Duty in aid of Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands are back with another round of their popular Crawl of Duty challenge, this time in the South of England early in 2016. It will take place in Dorking, Surrey at the home of the infamous Nuts Challenge. The muddy course features obstacles, tunnels, tyres, rope swing, water dippers and much more. With female instructors available on a gender-segregated obstacle challenge, it promises to be an exciting event for … Continue reading Get ready for Crawl of Duty in aid of Muslim Hands