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 while having incredible fun.

With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasises teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.

The challenge will take place on Saturday 29th July 2017 at Broughton Hall in Skipton, Yorkshire. There’s a registration fee of £49 and fundraising target of £1000.

Not sure if a challenge like this is for you? Check out a few of the stories we’ve published from the Muslim Mudder Nation to date:

So who’s up for the challenge? If it’s you, click here to register your place! Good luck.

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

Continue reading “Ayesha’s Cycle Challenge”

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

skthalfmarathonLet’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 roads, including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. It also passes through four of London’s eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

SKT Welfare have 13 places waiting to be filled. Although undulating in parts, the course is not hilly and would be great for either experienced or first time half marathon runners, though couch potatoes need not apply. There is a registration fee of £50 and a fundraising target of £500.

SKT Welfare is dedicated to the delivery of humanitarian aid and solutions regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief. Its aim is to help relieve the suffering of the world’s poorest communities. Since its inception, the charity has accomplished several projects in the UK, Pakistan, India, Morocco, Somalia and more recently, Palestine.

Since 2011 and the onset of the crisis in Syria, SKT Welfare has re-oriented most of its efforts addressing the humanitarian fallout from this conflict, and has become instrumental in delivering aid to Syrians in need, both inside Syria and within refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

To register your place, please contact Nageena on 07427946971 or email nageena@sktwelfare.org.

 

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 chance to cool off  from the late summer heat (inshallah), while supporting an extremely worthy cause.

This tough sponsorship event aims to raise ample funds to provide safe drinking water to families in Palestine facing a severe water crisis. In Gaza, over 90% of the water supply is not fit for drinking. By taking on the muddy tunnels and tyre walls, swinging across ponds on the end of a rope and wading through river water, you will enable the humanitarian charity Muslim Hands to address the water needs of the whole community.

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Whether you’re based in the south of England, the Midlands or Scotland, there’s a brilliant challenge waiting for you. Those in London and surrounding areas get to experience the course of the famous Nuts Challenge in Dorking, Surrey, on Satuday 27 August. For those in Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Stoke, there’s the warped assault course in Wolverhampton on Sunday 28 August. And last, but not least, for anyone in the Glasgow area there’s the magnificent obstacle course at Mauchline in East Ayrshire on Monday 29 August.

If you’ve always wanted to do a mud run, but the likes of Tough Mudder and Born Survivor have always filled you with fear, this could be the perfect challenge for you. While these obstacle courses are likely to put you through your paces, they will be on the moderately easy end of the mud run or obstacle course race spectrum. You’ll need to be reasonably fit, but not a fitness fanatic; you will be given an in-depth safety briefing and guided throughout by a team of qualified instructors.

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The challenge is open to both brothers and sisters over the age of 16, or over 14 with parental consent. It could be the perfect challenge for a brave family or husband and wife team, looking for some quality bonding time. Alternatively get together as a community group and have an amazing adventure, while reaping the rewards of helping those in need. Transport to all of the venues will be provided.

With a reasonable registration fee set at £30 and a fundraising target of £200, you will enable Palestinian families to enjoy better health as they are less likely to get sick from contaminated water. With access to safe drinking water, children will live healthier lives and be able to spend more time in school; adults will be less likely to lose income due to sickness or having to care for poorly children.

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Expect to laugh out loud, discover true team work, experience fraternity at its best and get just a little wet and muddy. Join up with friends and family, work colleagues, classmates or members of your local mosque, and build the perfect team together. Dress up or down, in fancy dress or old clothes, and prepare to be put through your paces. Just don’t forget to bring a change of clothes for afterwards!

Adventures like this don’t come along every day. Why go to the extremes of the likes of Tough Mudder, when you can have fun with Mud Rush, whilst simultaneously raising funds to provide safe drinking water to families in incredible need? Go on, challenge yourself this summer!

Dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty around the world, Muslim Hands is an international aid agency which has responded to countless emergencies and established many long term projects worldwide.

To find out more or to reserve your Mud Rush place, please visit the Muslim Hands website today. 

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.

Sadly he passed away in July last year. At this time he had already raised more than half the funds and was well on his to becoming fit for Tough Mudder. It was an extremely difficult time: for us, for his friends, his colleagues and the thousands of people whose lives he had touched. But we didn’t want Bashir’s efforts and legacy to die with him. We as his siblings therefore decided to continue his fundraising and participate in Tough Mudder on his behalf.

The fundraising target by the grace of Allah was achieved within weeks of Bashir’s passing. Getting ready for Tough Mudder proved to be more tricky, at least for me. My younger siblings were generally quite fit; my brothers play a lot of football, while my sister is a marathon enthusiast, having run a number of half marathons already. I on the other hand am a workaholic and tend to dedicate very little time to other aspects of life. This had to change.

I joined the local gym, consulted a personal trainer, got a medical check up and diet advice. I felt very motivated but this came crashing down on the first day I hit the gym. I came face to face with how unfit I was and spent the next two days nursing some serious muscle ache. Determined, I went back to the gym that same week and soon started to feel the benefits of regular exercise.

Within a few weeks I was able to start running in the park which helped me to build stamina. In the gym I did 3 cardio classes and spent two days doing strength conditioning exercises. I would precede the cardio classes with a run. I did this for three months until Tough Mudder day came. My siblings had a similar training regime with some of them opting to do more running and others doing more of the football games they normally play combining it with weight lifting.

When the day came, none of us felt quite ready, but we were determined to finish it however long it would take. The Tough Mudder course is 12 miles long. There were some gruesome challenges: from the icebox challenge to the several 10-12 feet walls we had to climb. Everywhere was muddy, filled with periodic mud hills we had climb over and there were too many cold mud pools we had to walk through. If that wasn’t enough, Tough Mudder ensured electrocution was awaiting us at the very end. Our clothes were torn. I lost a leg of trousers halfway through and a shoe towards the end.

But the joy of all that anguish came when we passed the finish line and completed the course. It took us four and half hours. We needed a good few days to recover from the muscle ache and I don’t think any one of us would rush to do it again, but we are very happy to have realised our brother’s intention. We hope he would be proud.

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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, to benefit people in poverty and drought-stricken areas. He had planned to train for the event over a period of 12 months, in an effort to regain good health and inspire others to support the cause:

“As you all know I am in not the best of shapes over the past couple of years due to an abdominal injury. This injury has led me to gain weight exponentially. Over the next months I am going to part-take in Tough Mudder which is a 10-12 mile long obstacle course. In order to do this my fitness levels should to an adequate level.” — Bashir Osman

He was dedicated to this training regime until he passed away. Knowing that many people would benefit from his efforts, he was committed and passionate about this goal. So much so, that his own fundraising page has already raised £168,826 towards the cause.

Running under the umbrella of Bashir Osman’s Legacy, four of his siblings — Abyan, Idil, Muad and Mohamed — will take part in Tough Mudder East Midlands on Sunday 22nd of May. When their brother passed away, they were motivated to keep his memory and legacy alive by continuing his fundraising efforts, to not only reach his goal but to surpass it. They thus decided to complete Tough Mudder in his memory.

The siblings are working valiantly as a team to make this happen. Tough Mudder is a challenging obstacle course, spanning 12 miles of deep mud, barbed wire, ice cold trenches and other physically challenging obstacles. It is a test for everyone who takes it on, both physically and mentally. The members of the team have never taken on a challenge of this kind before, but they believe that with a lot of training and support they will complete it successfully to fulfil Bashir’s goal, inshallah.

Bashir’s siblings have a team target of £1000, which they are getting closer to each day. Please help them reach this target by making a donation to their fundraising page.

To show your support to the team, please make a donation on their fundraising page today.

 

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 Mudder for the second time, “We came back a little bruised and very muddy, but otherwise fine! Massive love to this family of mine, they were teamwork personified, always supporting one another till everyone was over the finish line.”

The team raised over £930 for Islamic Relief.

Batman v Superman

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.

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 the mother of two boys under 5, and I really didn’t have time to go out walking anywhere let alone train.

My mother passed away just over 10 years ago, when I was 16 years of age. Each day, every memory comes to me; as a child it’s natural to want to do everything for your parents. That’s where my volunteering started at Human Appeal. I saw the lives that Human Appeal International had changed and with that I wanted and intended to build a water well in the memory of my late dear mother, specifically in a poverty-stricken country, where people struggle to access clean water.

The thought of doing this for a good cause — as well as being a way of sending sadqa jariya ahead — was what motivated me to take on this massive challenge of running a half marathon. But I also wanted to show people that anything is possible for a woman and mother — and hopefully inspire them too.

As you can imagine juggling motherhood responsibilities with preparation for a marathon was not easy; more so as a single parent, as I needed to balance my training with the needs of my children. Alhamdullilah, I made it work, training twice a week. Indeed every training run made me more and more determined to complete my challenge.

What made me even more determined was my desire to prove that women can be fit and run marathons for charity, as well as being a stay-at-home mum! So that’s exactly what I did!

After weeks of training I finally completed the Marrakech Half Marathon in a tiring 2 hours and 58 minutes! It was a challenge, but I wanted to push myself running through the beautiful scenery of Marrakech. The sun was beaming down all day, with not a cloud in sight! Alhamdullilah, I did it!

The support system from everyone was brilliant; we even had our own little Human Appeal fan club cheering us on! I met many new people from around the world. Our short stay was truly an extraordinary experience! Alhamdullilah, I completely met my fundraising target. I’m proud to say that the work of building the water well in Senegal will now begin.

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 conflict, with the charity’s teams on the ground in places like Lebanon, Syria and Greece, delivering things such as nutritious food, warm clothes and hygiene kits.

Mergim Butaja, whose family fled from war-torn Kosovo when he was just seven years old, said the challenge was a way of showing solidarity with those in desperate need. He said: “Despite the setbacks during training and a few muscular pains at the start I was determined to finish the race. Jog, sprint, walk, hop, roll or crawl – I was going to finish!”

Throughout the winter, the team has been meeting up to train together, inspiring one another to try harder. Signing up is one thing but to commit to fundraising, then turning up on race day, takes a huge amount of courage and determination.

“Running Coventry’s Half Marathon was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life!” said Samera Rehman.

Susie James agreed. “I’m so glad I said yes to this challenge!” she said, “I found out about an incredible charity, which does the most incredible things for the most vulnerable refugees. I challenged myself physically by running further than I ever have before — channelling every pain and injury into a focus on the task in hand: raising funds for those suffering much greater pains.”

The #TeamOrange volunteer family also hosted a special Cheer Station at mile 12, giving runners a bit of extra encouragement for the final mile. They handed out juicy oranges, donated by a generous sponsor, and made plenty of noise as the 5,000 runners made their way past. The new Penny Appeal bus was also present, giving supporters an insight into the charity’s work to help the poor and needy worldwide.

 

To join #TeamOrange or find out about upcoming challenges and volunteer activities, visit the Penny Appeal website.

 

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 that would push them to their limits and beyond. To brave not just the cutting February wind, but freezing water, fearsome obstacles and muddy ground. The uninitiated would ask what on earth possessed these heroic explorers to sign up for such a challenge, at this time of year, but not so the participants themselves.

“It was all about helping out the orphans and doing something for those most in need,” explained Tarikul Islam from Luton. “We all are fortunate to have parents, so not having one is not something that we would like anyone to go through — especially small children in less able countries.”

Four teams – two groups of men and two groups of women – had signed up to take part in the ambitious Muslim Hands challenge, Crawl of Duty. They would complete a 5 km obstacle course run, following part of the course of the famous Nuts Challenge.

Tarikul went on: “An obstacle course like this was something we thought would be appealing to others to sponsor us for as they would know we were doing something tough and hence they would feel more inspired to help out.”

Tarikul’s team, the Luton Massive, consisted of five very close friends actively engaged in charity work. Members of the group had previously completed the Mount Snowdon Challenge with Muslim Hands in 2014, run marathons and taken part in several winter walks. They were set to compete against ten other men, including members of staff from Muslim Hands itself.

Team Mix It Up

Running with female instructors separately, meanwhile, twelve strong Team Mix It Up from Birmingham would challenge the seven member Team 313 from east London. The former from Mix It Up Ladies Fitness Studio in Birmingham are already seasoned challengers, having previously taken part in Islamic Relief’s Superhero Run and their Ben Nevis Challenge in 2015. They had tenacious competition, however: under the supervision of personal fitness trainers from 313 Fitness Studio in Manor Park, the latter were determined to conquer the course to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.

So it was that they set off on a great adventure, skirting around the edge of a ploughed field, not quite sure what was in store for them, beyond the river banks and forest ahead of them. Soon they would encounter mounds of mud and rubble to climb over, and ditches filled knee deep with freezing water to wade through. They would crawl through a tunnel on hands and knees, causing scrapes and bruises. Then more ditches and more banks to clamber back up again would follow, each one slightly more difficult than the last. They would clamber through a tangle of cables and pipes designed to trip them up and tie them in knots, then skip over old tyres set out across the ground.

A few moments of reprieve would follow as they jogged through the woodland, climbing over fallen trees here and there, but soon they would be scrambling down a river bank and into the ankle deep water, to follow the river along its course. Next they would climb up another steep bank again, grabbing hold of rope netting, working together as a team to help each other out. Over the top and down into the river again. In and out, up and down, wading and climbing and running. Climbing over a platform. Climbing over a wall of tyres. Nearly drowning when the river bed gave way to a hidden trench around a bend.

Teamwork was the key on this obstacle course. Some of the obstacles were impossible to overcome alone. At every point all the members of every team worked together, helping each other up through difficult situations. Great communication and understanding of each other’s needs helped them complete the challenge together. Far from giving up, the participants found themselves getting more energetic as the event went on.

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At one point they had to pull themselves through a tunnel, set vertically up a bank. This challenge took all the energy out of the participants and only “Alhamdulilah” was an adequate rejoinder there. A massive climbing net followed, rising as high as nearby trees. Going up was not necessarily the problem though, but getting down the other side: they had to slide down poles back to ground level. Some of them would conquer their fear of heights here.

Next obstacle: a rope swing across a muddy pond. Each participant grabbed hold of the rope and tried to swing right over to the other side. Most failed miserably and sloshed down into the cold brown water almost immediately; everyone was convinced that the rope was actually too short and they’d been set up to fail. But the challenge waits for no one. Moments later they’re crawling on their fronts through sloppy wet mud, under a mesh of barbed wire.

Another water filled ditch followed. Then a balancing bar over another one. Then a mound of earth and yet another ditch, waist deep. Then another wall of tyres to clamber over; another excuse to work together as a  team. Then down into a series of tunnels, then up over a vast pile of tyres, then under a bar, then over the next one, then through a tyre, then over a fence; enough to cause anyone to give up. It was exhausting and tough.

But even all of that probably could not prepare them for possibly the worst obstacle of the course: to jump off a large platform into a deep, long, cold pond, shoulder deep, which they had to wade or swim across to the other side. They were soaking wet and the only consolation was that the water washed off the thick mud from their clothes. It’s a surprise they didn’t get hypothermia. But they’re on the home straight now: they’re heading for the finish line and victory.

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“The experience was epic,” exclaimed Nadiya from Team 313, “Going through freezing cold water, the level of which varied from knee high to almost drowning, and so many obstacles: falling and slipping in mud, screaming like buffoons, conquering my fear of heights… What more can I ask for in return of helping create a brighter future for orphans, inshaAllah?”

The course took under an hour to complete, with a medal and certificate awarded at the end. Altogether, those participating raised over £7000 for Muslim Hands’ orphans worldwide appeal, which is an extraordinary achievement. But then these were extraordinary people, mashallah!

“Crawl of Duty was amazing,” said Ayesha from Team Mix It Up: “Massive shout out to the ladies that took part!! We smashed it and everybody completed it all… Covered in bruises today but feel fantastic.”

Other participants described Crawl of Duty as the best event they had been to. “Enjoyed every moment of it and would do it again and again,” said one participant.

“We are so lucky that we did this,” said another, “I would very much recommend it to others! It’s all for a good cause and you have fun. It’s win win!! Felt muddy, exhausted and tired yet still I had the best time ever, especially as I was with my close mates!”

Those of us who missed out, fearing that February would be just too cold to take on such a challenge, can only be a little envious not to have been there now. We missed an epic adventure, some brilliant teamwork and the opportunity to do immense good on behalf of others. Next time we will be brave! Next time, inshallah!

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.

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Taking advantage of Private Hire facilities, men and boys will have the entire venue to themselves on the evening of Saturday 30 April 2016, with ladies following suit on Saturday 7 May. Water World offers an indoor tropical environment with temperatures reaching 30 degrees or more and a range of water-based activities, from the beach effect wave pool to large water slides, and a mini obstacle course to relaxing jacuzzis.

Transport will be provided from the Bordesley Centre in Birmingham. Tickets for the event cost £15, plus £5 for travel by coach. All proceeds will go towards Palestinians in need.

For more information, see the posters above, call 0121 285 2468 or email birmingham@interpal.org

Primal Stampede

This is a guest post by Shehzad Modoolla.

Like many guys my age, I grew up watching shows like Fort Boyard, and always wanted to try my hand at something similar. But like many other guys my age, life always seemed to get in the way! There was always something else to do or somewhere else to be. My work mates have been doing Tough Mudder for the last couple years and every year I said I would join them, but never did.

So, when my Mrs signed up for Primal Stampede with her work colleagues and signed me up (without asking me!), I didn’t have much of a choice. It was already paid for, the weekend was free, the weather was forecast to be good — no excuses really.

Primal StampedeI was a bit reluctant at first, but when I looked into it, the gym (Primal Gym) appeared to be quite different — good different! Four free gym passes and four free customised outdoor training sessions came with the subscription so we both decided to give it a go. Might as well get some training under our belt so at least we don’t die on the day! Best decision ever! The gym training is completely different to anything I’ve seen before, the best way I can describe it, is it’s… organic (look it up!).

For a first in Leeds, Primal Stampede’s assault course was perfectly well balanced — just the right level of difficulty for beginners to get through, and experienced athletes to be challenged. A combination of load carrying, ice baths, water slides and the obligatory mud pit filled the day with fun and excitement. Two laps were required to complete the course, but at the end of it I felt like I could have done another one!

I enjoyed it so much I’m going back for another serving this year! Who would have thought! My advice to anyone else who, like me, has been putting it off would be to just take the plunge and go for it. Mud runs or assault courses or whatever other fancy names they are called these days, are really good fun.

Oh and all the time I raised money for Orphans in Need and the Jane Tomlinson’s Appeal.

Bring on 2016!

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.

Halifax to Bradford Fun Run for Islamic Relief

Halifax to Bradford Charity Run - Islamic ReliefOkay 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 Relief are on the ground to supports as many as they possibly can, to provide access to food, water, education, sanitation and opportunities. The Halifax to Bradford Fun Run on 28 February is billed as a Run for the Children! 

The fun run follows a beautiful scenic 10km route through the hills between Halifax and Bradford in West Yorkshire and is open to people at all levels. You can run, walk or cycle the route, and bring along the whole family if you wish to. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to raise £150 in sponsorship.

For more information and to sign up for this challenge, please visit the Islamic Relief fundraising page now.

 

 

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.

 

Walk, jog or run the Coventry Half Marathon to help Refugees

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

Penny Appeal fundraiser Haroon Mota For enquiries contact Haroon

– M:  07743 518 068 E: haroon.mota@pennyappeal.org

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