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”

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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

race_2332_photo_46957744On 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.

race_2332_photo_46942181Set up to allow participants to have a good friends, the Muckfest mud run is not super challenging: no suffering or pretence of toughness here.

Proceeds from the event will go towards raising awareness and supporting those living with multiple sclerosis — a cause close to one of team Mudlims’ participants, who has MS herself. An amazing time was had by all involved.

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 drought prone areas in east Africa. He had a fun raising target of £165,000, which he hoped to achieved by asking people to sponsor him to undertake Tough Mudder. Continue reading “Conquering our challenge”

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 finally faced the London West challenge yesterday, on Saturday 30 April.

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.

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Our mother Zahra Davies who worked as an NHS interpreter for many years, was an active member of her community, giving her time on earth to serving people in need, humanity and her family. She was incredibly brave in voicing and standing up for the rights of the people as well as fighting against oppression. One of her main aims was to help community relations and establish peace in some of the most unpleasant situations around the world. She passed away in September 2015 after a short battle with Breast Cancer.

At this sometimes inconceivable and strange juncture in our lives we found ourselves contemplating life, humanity and how short our time on earth truly is! Which led us to our decision, to do whatever it takes to help give back and raise money for Cancer Research, which for us is an extremely worthy and rewarding charity, as it has the potential to save others from some of the unfortunate memories we share.

We have decided the best way for us, we hope, is by pushing ourselves and entering the Tough Mudder event! I have already taken part in a the Bear Grylls 5k obstacle course challenge, as well as an endurance walk, completing 25 miles in 13 hours. We expect our latest challenge to be tiring but fun.

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Please help to minimise the impact of this self-inflicted torture by donating a few quid and sending us a few words of much valued encouragement! Your generosity of time, money and good will is much appreciated.

To support Yasmin and her siblings, please visit their fundraising page today.

Bear Grylls survival challenge

This is a guest post by Yasmin Davies.

Yep, so we survived! As a scout leader I took our Cub scouts to the BG Kids Race and then competed in the 5k race myself.

The idea of the race is based on the idea that overcoming adversity in the wild can build a man or woman’s physical and mental strength in a totally unique way.

“So many people seek adventure and challenge through computer games, when in truth we can all develop our own wilderness warrior spirit and physicality, for real.”

Bear Grylls seemed to be surprised that Muslim women were involved in scouting, which is why he took interest in our group and gave us VIP treatment for the day!

Yasmin Davies takes on BG Survival Race

I must admit that his response of astonishment at muslim women being active in scouts and sports was shocking to me, coming from the UK Chief Scout and a celebrity — Bear Grylls, after all, has become known around the world as one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. However it gave me a huge push to continue to do dawah, especially for Muslim Women in the UK, inshallah.

There are many more adventures to come, inshallah.

Islamic Help Central African Republic Tough Mudder Challenge

On 26 September 2015, a group of Islamic Help supporters from Bedford will be taking part in Tough Mudder in an effort to raise funds to save lives in the Central African Republic (CAR), which is in the grips of a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions.

Ethno-religious violence and political instability in CAR have left the country’s entire population vulnerable and more than 2 million people in need of humanitarian aid. Men, women and children continue to be killed. Homes, clinics, hospitals and schools have already been destroyed. The wounded continue to die slow deaths and their dead continue to remain unburied.

The funds raised will go towards supporting 25 families for 1 month. Islamic Help has carried out a major food and aid distribution programme at its camp for refugees from the Central African Republic. A team from the UK joined forces with staff at the camp in Garoua Boulai, Cameroon, for the project which ensures all the refugees in the camp have enough food to sustain them for a month.

Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course, featuring challenges which play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. It’s not for the fainthearted!

To support team Bedford take on this awesome challenge, please visit their fundraising page on the Islamic Help website

Insane Eid for Orphans in Need

This is a guest post by Shokat Zaman, Fundraising Officer at the award-winning charity, Orphans in Need.

Straight after Eid on Sunday 27 September, Orphans in Need will be taking part in Insane Terrain Part II. As the title suggests, this follows on from Insane Terrain Part I, which I participated in back in April this year.

Participants have the option of choosing either the 5k or 10k runs. Opting to err on the side of caution, we chose the 5k run, which by the end of the race, proved to be plenty!

My experiences of that day are still fresh in my mind. We started the day with a lovely early morning drive heading up from London to Peterborough, past the lovely Cambridgeshire countryside, before being guided onto a grassy area, which served as a makeshift car park for the run. It was difficult not feel uneasy at the sight which greeted us as we left the car, which was a large group athletic looking guys crumble to their knees, panting for breath. We quickly walked past them after making sure they were alright, eager not to tamper our excitement at the prospect of overcoming this awesome challenge.

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After being given a five-minute warm-up by a guy who bore a strong resemblance to the Drill Instructor from ‘Full Metal Jacket’, we made our way to the start line. The crowd who were there to watch us from the sidelines were a bright and cheerful bunch, quick to give their friends and family members taking part words of advice; “Have you warmed up properly, mate?”. “Pace yourself, don’t go running ahead of the pack from the start” said another.

The Orphans in Need crew came together in a huddle, giving ourselves a mini pep-talk before the start of the race. After a few brotherly hugs, we stood – arms akimbo- toes on the start line. As the horn sounded to signal the start of the run, many of us for whom this was a first experience, couldn’t help but smile through the first 100 metres.

After clambering up giant haystacks and wading through ankle deep streams of water which cut across the forest track, some of us made the decision to part company with the group. It was a pragmatic decision based upon careful consideration of the facts; we were tired!

The real sticking point came when our team members Mohammed and Hamza came across a big body of water stacked with a series of small sponge steps which we were expected to jump from one to the other without stopping, lest they fall into the water. After successfully navigating this particular challenge, Humza decided to pull Mohammed back and into the water. Mohammed was quick minded enough to pull Humza in with him, to hoots of laughter from all around.

By the time we reached the finishing line, having navigated our way through zip wires in the forest and balancing poles, we topped it off by sliding across a 30ft water slide being sprayed with fairy liquid. Yes we were tired, cold, wet and caked in mud, but we all felt we had achieved something that day. We pushed ourselves to the limit not because we had to, but because we chose to. In the end, it wasn’t tiredness that we felt, but an overwhelming sense of pride and satisfaction.

If you’d like to help me accomplish this daunting but rewarding challenge, please donate towards my sponsorship by visiting:

https://www.justgiving.com/Shokat-Zaman2

For further information or if you’d like to take part in our upcoming Insane Terrain challenge on 27 September 2015, please visit the Orphans in Need website. Free transport will be provided from London and Birmingham.

ToughBrudders take on Tough Mudder for MAP

On 27 September 2015, Mohammed Khankhara and Haseeb Khan will be running in a Tough Mudder event, to raise funds for the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). They say:

We will never forget the tragic events of the summer of 2014, when Gaza was relentlessly attacked leaving thousands dead and many more injured, they need our support more than ever not only for basic necessities such as food and clothing but also for medical aid. Many of the hospitals looking after the critically ill are desperately in need of medical experts or life-saving equipment and medicine.

Tough Mudder is a grueling challenge: 10-12 miles of running broken up with obstacles, which will test their grit, determination and teamwork, as well as physical and mental strength. The pair recently completed the National Three Peaks Challenge. The training for Tough Mudder will be more intense: sacrificing early morning lie-ins for 5-mile runs and a 5-7 day a week training regime until a week before the event, come rain or shine.

We are not physically ‘Tough’ people but in training for Tough Mudder, we hope to become stronger people physically and mentally and your donations will be the spark that ignites our motivation to see this through.

Without donations from generous supporters, MAP wouldn’t be able to do the work they do. They work for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. They deliver health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement.

Working in partnership with local health providers and hospitals, MAP addresses a wide range of health issues and challenges faced by the Palestinian people. With offices located in Beirut, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Gaza City, MAP responds rapidly in times of crisis, and works directly with communities on longer term health development.

To support Mohammed and Haseeb, visit their fundraising page now.

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.

Getting the most out of your Mud Run

This is a guest post by Yatie Nadzli , sharing 20 helpful tips on getting the most out of your Mud Run. Earlier this year, Yatie took part in the Viper Challenge, Asia’s biggest obstacle course event.

1. Form a team of fabulous teammates and prepare to have fun!

Continue reading “Getting the most out of your Mud Run”

Insane Terrain II for Orphans in Need

Hold onto your hats: this is going to cheer you up. Orphans in Need have a fabulous challenge lined up for you this September: their perfectly muddy off road obstacle course race, Insane Terrain, is back, spanning either 5km or 10km (your choice).

Taking place on 27 September near Peterborough, it’s a sponsorship event designed to help build a safe and loving orphanage providing holistic care for 150 orphans in Kashmir. Every pound that you raise by taking on this challenge will go towards making this vision a reality.

For more information, visit their Insane Terrain web page and sign up today. This is definitely a date for your diary!

Fatima toughens up for Muscular Dystrophy UK

Fatima Gouveia from Winchester writes:

I’ve never done a challenge before and for those of you who know me, you will be shocked to hear that I have recently joined our local gym……this is how serious and dedicated I am to do the challenge but most importantly to raise funds.

I lost my brother Dino 12 years ago to Spinal Muscular Dystrophy. As I watched him suffer, without complaining, I was struck by how indiscriminate the illness is and how helpless we remain in so many cases.

I want to do the Tough Mudder challenge to honour his extraordinary bravery in the face of the cruellest of illnesses and to support the vital research into finding a cure.

While the training is tough it is such a fantastic opportunity to raise a lot of money for a great cause and I will be inspired by the incredible courage and dignity shown by my brother right to the end. The cause is Muscular Dystrophy UK. Please dig deep and donate now. We can make a difference.

Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race but a team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles they won’t find anywhere else.

To support Fatima, please visit her fundraising page.

 

Hussain Master takes on Tough Mudder (again)

On 14 September 2014, Hussain Master from Preston in Lancashire did something extraordinary. He raised over a thousand pounds for the Dancing Eye Syndrome Support Trust, a charity which helps and provides assistance to children who have the rare condition, Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome. How? By conquering that famously feared obstacle course race known as Tough Mudder.

Pushing himself to his limits on a 12 mile obstacle course designed by Special Forces, he overcame every challenge thrown at him: the hills, mud, water, ropes, walls, electric shocks and burning fire, emerging with a massive sense of achievement. Such a task would defeat most of us, but Hussain was undeterred: even a dislocated shoulder and a dodgy knee caused by operations on both could not dampen his determination.

“It was a crazy event,” Hussain told us, “A few of us took part and we trained for it together, making sure we were all prepared.”

For most people, completing a challenge that overwhelms twenty percent of entrants would be enough: something to tick off the bucket list. But Hussain Master was just starting.

In two months’ time, on 12 September 2015, he will be doing it all over again, this time to raise funds for a local charity called A Day of Sunshine, based in the heart of Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire. Working with children with life threatening illnesses, as well as children living in poverty, this charity aims to bring a little sunshine into the lives of deserving local children, by providing them and their families with free holidays at home and abroad.

Against the backdrop of Cholmondeley Castle in the Cheshire, Hussain will again take on the North West challenge, which is arguably one of Tough Mudder’s most unique and challenging events. Pushing on across the harsh terrain, through dark forest trails and over thick, heavy mud, every second will be a challenge. This ten mile obstacle course is designed to test physical strength and mental grit. It’s an adventure most of us would balk at.

Help Hussein accomplish this amazing feat with a donation towards his nominated cause. For further information and to pledge a donation, visit his fundraising page now.

Spartan Race hits Arabia

Covered in sand and splattered with mud, thousands of men, women and children ran, jogged and lurched across the finish line at the Spartan Race, the country’s first obstacle sprint run on Friday 20 February 2015. Strong winds stirred up sand from dunes at the Jebel Ali Racecourse, adding a natural challenge to the 5km course for participants who were already tasked with overcoming 15 obstacles.

Runners were released in waves over 15-minute intervals, with elite athletes sprinting out first followed by the open category. Caked in mud, with sand lashing their faces, more than 5,000 participants hauled themselves up ropes, crawled under, jumped over and squeezed between wooden walls, some of which were even topped with barbed wire. They yelled and whooped as they crossed the finish line, where volunteers handed them medals.

 

Muslim Hands Crawl of Duty

Muslim Hands Scotland presents, Crawl of Duty: a 5K assault course to test your strength and stamina.

Join Muslim Hands as they embark on this obstacle packed mission to raise money for their Emergency Fund to support crises in Iraq, Palestine and Central Africa. Test your ability to the max and fuel your inner adrenaline to its peak as you fight for survival. From crawling through tunnels to jumping over walls and facing the ice cold water, you’ll be pushing yourself to the limit.

This gender segregated challenge (separate tracks for men and women) takes place at the Scottish Adventure Centre, Craufurdland Castle, Fenwick, East Ayrshire. If you live in Scotland or the north of England, this is a challenge not to be missed!

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Book your place today: https://muslimhandsuk.wufoo.eu/forms/crawl-of-duty/