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

Ayesha’s Cycle Challenge

A poetic summary of reflections on my Andalusia Cycle Challenge 2016 for Islamic Relief’s Water4Life project:

 

Cycling through the plains of the stunning South of Spain

While desperately trying to distract myself from the pain

That led from my backside right down to my knees…

I inhaled the smell of a thousand olive trees

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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”

Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for SKT Welfare

Let’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 … Continue reading Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for SKT Welfare

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

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

Kishy’s Marrakech Half Marathon

This is a guest post by Kishwar Willoughby. Enjoy! On the 31st January 2016 I completed my first half marathon — all 13 miles of it — in the sunnier climes of north Africa. I was taking part in the Marrakech Marathon with fellow supporters of Human Appeal. This is not something I would normally do. It was quite out of the ordinary to be honest, being … Continue reading Kishy’s Marrakech Half Marathon

Coventry Half-Marathon success

On Sunday 28 February 2016, a team of 75 runners supporting Penny Appeal hit the streets of Coventry, pounding the pavements for over 13 miles to raise money to support refugees. They took part in Coventry’s Half Marathon and far exceeded their fundraising targets, bringing in over an incredible £46,000 for Penny Appeal’s Refugee Emergency campaign. The money will go on to provide vital aid to those fleeing … Continue reading Coventry Half-Marathon success

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

Water World Splash for Gaza

Take time out from the Challenges calendar: kick back and relax instead. Splash for Gaza at Water World Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent is an evening of swimmingly good fun. With two separate dates for men and women, this is an event not to be missed.     Taking advantage of Private Hire facilities, men and boys will have the entire venue to themselves on the evening of … Continue reading Water World Splash for Gaza

Women’s Winter Walk to Malham Cove

The 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 … Continue reading Women’s Winter Walk to Malham Cove

Trek Mount Snowdon to deliver safe drinking water

Crack 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 … Continue reading Trek Mount Snowdon to deliver safe drinking water

Halifax to Bradford Fun Run for Islamic Relief

Okay 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 … Continue reading Halifax to Bradford Fun Run for Islamic Relief

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 … Continue reading Let’s chill and do the Gaza Winter Walk