A team of fundraisers from across England took on a mammoth challenge earlier this week as they conquered the hilly route from Halifax to Bradford – on foot.

The runners, and walkers, took on the 12km route in hope of raising money for the national charity, Islamic Relief, with all members completing the trek and in turn raising thousands for the cause.

FINISHED: A group of runners completed the 12km trek from Halifax to Bradford earlier this week
FINISHED: A group of runners completed the 12km trek from Halifax to Bradford earlier this week

In total 18 participants took part, with all ages represented, and one runner travelling from as far as Birmingham to partake in the efforts.

Khwaja Arfan Mir organised the event and ran the course with a five kilogram weight on his back. Speaking after the tiresome day, he explained why it was so crucial that the money was raised and how he hoped to hold similar events in the near future.

“All the money raised from this day will go to the charity and help people who are suffering in Syria,” he said.

“I was hoping to raise as much money as possible so when I saw that we had passed the £2,000 mark it really was fantastic news. It gives us more reason and motivation to repeat the event next year and maybe even make it into an annual thing.”

Khwaja completed the run alongside a host of family members and friends and said their support was vital in making the day a success.

“It was great to be able to run with so many people; including many from my own family,” he added. “Even my granddad came along to complete the run, albeit he did get his bus pass out for the trip up hill, but he was great.

“Whether they walked or ran it, everybody finished and enjoyed themselves.”

The team of runners all completed the route, from Halifax town centre to Centenary Square in Bradford, and received congratulatory medals upon arriving at their final destination.

Donations are still being welcomed by the group and if you would like to make a contribution
towards the cause please contact Arfan on 07772 502 543.