Hooded Howlers tackle Endurance80

This is a guest post by Yasmin Davies.

On Saturday 5 February 2016, three scout leaders from 23rd Wembley Sahabah Scouts took part in the exhausting hiking challenge, Endurance80: a 24 hour hike covering 50 miles (80 km) cross country starting and ending at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.

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Starting out at Great Missenden, our team of three — the Hooded Howlers — followed the route east to Chesham, then northwest to Wendover, southwest to Princes Risborough and Stokenchurch, before returning to Great Missenden. The weather was chilly, with light snow on the ground in some places — muddy underfoot elsewhere.

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Unfortunately due to injuries within our team we had to drop out early, after completing 25 miles in 13 hours. However we still managed to raise funds for our scouting group by taking part. Furthermore, it was great training for our upcoming Tough Mudder challenge.

Women’s Winter Walk to Malham Cove

interpal-malham-coveThe winter walking season is well and truly upon us, keeping our limbs supple despite the icy chill. Gone are the days of sheltering indoors in the warmth of home: challenges call us, begging us to forgo comfort for a little while in order to support those less fortunate than ourselves.

So sisters pull on those winter scarves and extra layers; pull on that warm coat, walking shoes and gloves. The Yorkshire Dales — our little piece of paradise on earth — begs your company. It’s time to head for nature’s amphitheatre at Malham Cove, marching across open fields and by fast-flowing streams. Embrace the sisterhood and join Interpal’s Palestine Winter Walk, raising funds for destitute Palestinians.

In these times of political chaos, a walk in the countryside will be just what the doctor ordered. Reflect on the majesty of Allah and His creation as you head on over spongy grass, beneath leafless trees. Revel in good company. Feel refreshed and invigorated in the cold winter air. Work up a sweat and feel alive once more.

Malham Cove is a huge curved cliff formation of limestone rock, 260 feet high. It affords brilliant views down the dale towards Malham and beyond; no wonder it has been the source of inspiration for many an artist and author for centuries. Limestone pavements are a feature of Malham Cove and surrounding areas. The clints and grykes foster a unique eco-system for rare wild flowers and ferns.

This winter walk in support of Palestine is for women and girls only. Registration costs just £15, but you will need to try to raise £100 sponsorship from your friends and family. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy beautiful sisterhood whilst enjoying some of the most breath-taking scenery England has to offer.

This sponsored walk takes place on Saturday 23rd January 2016, 8am till 3pm, with transport available from Bradford and Dewsbury. Invite your friends and family to take part, and make a day of it. Once you have tasted the countryside of Britain, you’ll crave it time and again. The wilds are calling.

To register or find out more, please call 01274 656985 (Bradford) or 01924 466668 (Dewsbury).

Trek Mount Snowdon to deliver safe drinking water

interpal-snowdon-challengeCrack out those walking boots and prepare to trek to the summit of Mount Snowdon this spring, to help Interpal deliver safe drinking water to the people of Palestine.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. Located in the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, it has been designated a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna.

If the spirit of adventure is driving you to distraction, the Interpal Snowdon Challenge 2016 is definitely for you. Join #TeamInterpal and challenge yourself to scale the summit of Mount Snowdon, famed for its spectacular views and beautiful scenery! Every step you walk will help provide much needed clean, safe drinking water to those in the West Bank and Gaza.

The challenge takes place on Saturday 2nd April 2016. There is a registration fee of £20 with a fundraising target of £100 per person, inshallah. Help Interpal help the Palestinians by taking part in this ambitious experience!

For more information and to registrer, contact Interpal on 0121 285 2468 or email birmingham@interpal.org.

Let’s chill and do the Gaza Winter Walk

Let’s get the 2016 challenges year off to a flying start by taking part in the Muslim Hands Gaza Winter Walk.  This awesome event, now in its eighth year, takes place in 8 cities around the country from north to south, making it an event not to be missed. You’ll join thousands of other walkers from communities all across the country, united in a mission to raise funds for the children of Gaza. You’ll take on a five mile trek traversing a variety of terrain, so be sure to wrap up warmly.

Since 2007 when the Gaza Winter Walk first began, Muslim Hands have provided emergency relief such as food, shelter and medicines, set up income generation projects to rehabilitate the agricultural economy and built large-scale water purification systems to combat Gaza’s severe water shortages. They have also supported the construction of the medical lab and integrated pharmacy in Al-Durrah Hospital, as well as the expansion of the emergency and respiratory departments.

The Gaza Winter Walk could be the perfect start to a year filled with adventurous challenges. Can you think of a better way to warm up and ease into the year to come? Check out the dates and locations below to find a venue near you. Or go mad and do the full nation tour!

Muslim Hands: Gaza Winter Walk

LOCATION DATE VENUE REGISTER
Glasgow 09 January 2016 Kelvingrove Park, G3 6BY REGISTER
Bradford 10 January 2016 Lister Park, BD9 4NR REGISTER
Birmingham 16 January 2016 Cannon Hill Park, B13 8RD REGISTER
Manchester 17 January 2016 Heaton Park, M25 2SW REGISTER
London 23 January 2016 Hyde Park, W2 2UH REGISTER
Luton 24 January 2016 Wardown Park, LU2 7HA REGISTER
Cardiff 30 January 2016 Bute Park, CF10 3DX REGISTER
Leicester 31 January 2016 Abbey Park, LE4 5AQ REGISTER

For more information about this challenge and to take part, please visit the Muslim Hands fundraising page now.

 

Epping Forest Night Trek for Islamic Relief

This one might be for you… if you’re not afraid of the dark!

Islamic Relief’s latest challenge is their Epping Forest Night Trek, which they’re running to raise funds for those suffering in Palestine. With lots of spooky noises and pitch darkness, it will be not just a physical challenge but one that will challenge your mental state of mind too!

The Trek takes place between 4.00pm and 11.00pm on Saturday 5th December 2015. Not for the fainthearted!

For more information visit the Islamic Relief website