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Runners ready to raise funds for Pakistan orphanage

A group of runners from a Bradford masjid will be taking on the city’s 10K challenge next weekend as they look to raise vital funds for an orphanage in Pakistan.

Team NADA will run alongside more than 1,500 other runners at the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K on Sunday 16th March, fundraising for the Bahn Kurma Orphanage in Azad Kashmir.

10 runners, with some as young as 16-years-old, will run as representatives of the team, led by running fanatic and Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA) general secretary, Nazim Ali.

TRAINING: A group of runners from Team NADA gathered in Lister Park last week to train before the 10K (l-r) Aqib Ashraf, Ishtiaq Saleem, Nazim Ali, Liaqat Ali, Saqib Nawaz and Tufail Khan

TRAINING: A group of runners from Team NADA gathered in Lister Park last week to train before the 10K (l-r) Aqib Ashraf, Ishtiaq Saleem, Nazim Ali, Liaqat Ali, Saqib Nawaz and Tufail Khan

For many, it will be their first time taking on such a challenge, yet Nazim explained why the team are eager to hear the words ‘on your marks, get set, go’.

“The team are engaging in the run for the very first time and are understandably very excited and motivated to help the vulnerable orphans,” he said.

“Over the last few weeks they have been having regular team training sessions in preparation of the challenge, which 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.

“Furthermore, it is an example of what can be done if one strives with dedication and commitment.”

Upon completion, a group of the runners will head to Pakistan in April on their annual tour and physically hand over the donations in person, whilst meeting with the orphanage’s stakeholders.

'Team NADA' is also supporting 18-year-old Ishtiaq Saleem, a student at Dixons Allerton Academy who is fundraising for the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JOLT) which is a registered charity that aspires to make a positive lasting difference to the lives of disabled, ill, neglected and abused young people.

Every two years, JOLT organises expeditions all over the world for groups of young people with significant disadvantages.

Nazim said: “Ishtiaq is visually impaired however; he has not allowed this to hinder him and has been training with 'Team NADA' in anticipation of the big day. He is a great addition to the team and it is great to see the youth engage with fundraising efforts.”

He added: “We are also grateful to our corporate event sponsors, W-Childcare, SD Prestige & Performance, Fresh Fillingz Deli Bars, Eco Fireplaces & Kitchens, for their generous donations and support.”

If anyone would like to make a donation to 'Team NADA' please call 07825 698283 or e-mail: nazim27@hotmail.com

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On your marks get set GO

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It’s almost that time again to pull your socks up and lace the running shoes as the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race returns to the city.

Since the first ever run in 2008, more than 5,000 fitness fans and fundraisers have completed the course, raising a whopping £210,000 for Leeds-based national charity Epilepsy Action.

Now, in 2014, the run returns to Bradford on Sunday 16th March where more than 1,500 people are expected to turn up and continue to show their support for the charity which supports the 50,000 population which suffers from epilepsy every year.

RUNNERS: Whether you are running as a team or on your own, the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race could be just for you

RUNNERS: Whether you are running as a team or on your own, the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race could be just for you

Whether you are a first time runner, or an elite athlete, the course is designed to cater for all abilities, with a flatter route set out for this year.

Last year, the course record was smashed by Tesfaye Debele, who achieved an amazing time of just 31 minutes and two seconds.

This has lead race organisers to add a bit more incentive to the 2014 runs with Epilepsy Action offering a £50 prize to the first runner who can beat this time and finish the race in less than 30 minutes.

ON YOUR MARKS: More than 5,000 people have taken part in the runs  since they began in 2008, including last year’s winner, Tesfaye Debele

ON YOUR MARKS: More than 5,000 people have taken part in the runs since they began in 2008, including last year’s winner, Tesfaye Debele

The run is supported by Airedale Athletics, who will provide runners with training tips and training clinics, supervised by qualified coaches.

Katie Stocks, fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, explained why the runs are a crucial fundraising tool for the national charity.

She said: “The Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k run continues to go from strength to strength and we hope to get a record number of runners this year.

“The race provides the perfect target for your New Year fitness goals, even if you’ve never taken part in an organised run before or if this is the year you want to beat your personal best. An added sense of achievement comes from knowing that every penny raised from the event goes to Epilepsy Action.

RUNNERS: Whether you are running as a team or on your own, the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race could be just for you

RUNNERS: Whether you are running as a team or on your own, the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race could be just for you

“In 2014 the charity will continue to provide its life-changing services, ensuring that no one with epilepsy has to live with the condition alone.”

Entry costs £18 or £16 for runners affiliated to a UK athletics running club, with prizes awarded for both males and females placed first, second and third, and for winners of the veterans' categories.

A free technical running T-shirt will be provided to everyone who successfully completes the race whilst refreshments will be available throughout the day and during the course of the race.

RUNNERS: Whether you are running as a team or on your own, the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race could be just for you

RUNNERS: Whether you are running as a team or on your own, the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race could be just for you

For more information about the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k, including sign up details please visit epilepsy.org.uk/bradford10k or call the fundraising team on 0113 210 8800.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 13th March 2014.

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