During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset as a religious obligation and also to remember those without food and water.
Hasnain Syed from Walthamstow ran 26.26km whilst fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, to raise money for the charity Islamic Relief UK.
Running from Walthamstow to Enfield, he did the challenge as was already healthy and wanted to raise money to help others. His run began at 4:30pm on a very warm day, which would have been challenging, especially without food and water, which meant he had to go slower than usual.
The run was part of Islamic Relief’s Ramadan 2.6 challenge, to get family, friends and more to sponsor people doing 26 or 2.6 of anything they like to raise money to help others and save lives around the world.
Hasnain is raising money for Islamic Relief, a charity working to transform and save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in over 40 countries.
Support Hasnain on his run here
Hasnain Syed said:
“Running while fasting is something I’ve never done past 5km, so to attempt 26.26km seemed silly at the time. However as a marathon runner I knew the mind and body is capable of so much more than we think. It was hot and at times I had to walk conscious that I was not taking any liquids. It also gave me time to reflect on those around the world we support who practically live on empty stomachs and are lucky to just about receive a meal a day.
“I actually felt emotional at one stage, not sure if it was the pain or the thought of going through that myself. I came home to a nice meal. Millions won’t get that satisfaction.
“It’s always fulfilling when you physically do something to give back, that’s why I admire Islamic Relief volunteers, as they’re taking out their valuable time to support those in need.
“Until next time. I’ll Keep on running and keep on giving!”