Coventry Muslim resident running 260km for charity while fasting

Life Grigory Matyunin 14-May-2020
Haroon Mota
Penny Appeal

Haroon Mota, a resident of Coventry and a practising Muslim, has set out to run 260km over the course of Ramadan while fasting devoutly in a bid to raise £25,000 for Penny Appeal, a charity which provides poverty relief across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. His feat takes place as part of the 2.6 Challenge, a scheme designed to raise many for causes which suffered from loss of fundraising opportunities amid the coronavirus lockdown.

He has expressed gratitude for the ‘tremendous’ support he has received but noted that the challenge was harder than expected. Previously he had intended to run several major marathons throughout the world, however, these were cancelled because of the lockdown.

So far he has raise £18,000 and run approximately 150km of the total distance. The money will go straight towards supporting those at risk because of the pandemic.

He starts running every day at approximately 19:00 so that he might enjoy his iftar afterwards. In order to complete the 260km challenge before the holy month of Ramadan is over, he must run an average of 8.7km a day. Fasting from 4am makes this difficult as his fluid levels deplete by the end of the day.

‘I feel very thirsty when I run, but I keep in mind the millions of people who do not have access to clean water and it motivates me to keep pushing myself,’ he said.

‘I think of all the people who have had to flee their homes. I choose to run, but they have no choice’.