Keighley BIG 10K run

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A record 1,300 runners turned up and braved the cloudy and chilly start to the day to take part in the biggest Keighley BigK 10k race yet.  

The charity organisers from the hospice Sue Ryder raised a staggering £60,000 from the run, which was held at Victoria Park in Keighley on Sunday March 30th. All proceeds will go to the Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope – beating totals from the previous five years.

The lads at the Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA) which operates Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia in Bradford didn’t sit back on their laurels. Their ‘Team NADA’ had a 14 strong contingent partaking in the event.

UNITY: Team NADA at the finish line with their post-race goody bags

UNITY: Team NADA at the finish line with their post-race goody bags

Many of the runners had never participated in anything like this before, with the youngest runner Hamza Urfan only 11 years of age.

Hamza said: "I really enjoyed the run, raising money for a great cause and hope to God Willing participate in future NADA initiatives."

Part of the NADA group took the opportunity to do some additional fundraising for their 'Minarets Project', which would go towards improving the mosque.

NADA say ‘This challenge is a further illustration of our organisation's personal and social development plan so that these young people can grow as individuals and engage in civic renewal.’

NADA’s General Secretary, Nazim Ali says that they strongly believe as an organization that proactive engagement in community events such as the Sue Ryder Big 10K, is key to creating a vibrant Bradford District in which people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds come together with mutual respect and tolerance.

NADA say that they applaud the organisers, race stewards and all associated in putting on this great event in the name of charity and not to mention the amazing spectators who encouraged the runners during the race.

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