BFA’s thunderbolt storms to victory in the Muslim Charity Run

Published: 25 October 2021

On Sunday 24th October, at Victoria Park, London, the East London Mosque (ELM) and the London Muslim Centre (LMC), held their 9th annual 5K charity run. Over 500 runners from aged 12 and above took part and helped raise thousands of pounds for various charities and institutions.

However, unbeknown to himself, the winner in the 35-50 age category was Boxer’s Fitness Academy’s (BFA) Abdul Thahid. He lead from the start and completed the run in 21 mins 45 seconds. This puts him in second place overall as the fastest man was Mazeen Abdu (20:30). However, this was in a different category of age 18-24.
After the run, Abdul Thahid took group photos and left. Before leaving he said “It was very difficult today, lots youngsters took part and coming second was a great achievement for me.”
Lo and behold, Abdul left the area before the awards ceremony. In fact, he was the fastest in his age category and that run was his second best ever.
The awards and the charity run was sponsored by LaunchGood, Al Khair Foundation, Human Relief Foundation, Hashmets Health, Help Yateem, British Islamic Medical Association, Through Kindness and East London Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.
The winners plaques and gift bags were handed out by Tower Hamlets Executive Mayor, John Biggs and Shaykh Abdul Qayyum, Head Imam & Khatib of ELM.
Abdul Thahid’s award plaque and gifts including ELM honey was received by Ashraf Ali, BFA Head Coach. “Abdul Thahid is a legend of the BFA Running Club. It’s no surprise that he had won. He consistently ran below 5 min/KM”. Said Ashraf. The following winners received their awards and gift bag:
*Under 12: Abdul Waheed (25:05)
*13-17: Ahmed Adayyan (24:15)
*18-24: Mazeen Abdu (20:30)
*25-35: Atif Hossain (22:45)
*35-50: Abdul Thahid (21:45)
*51+ : Murshed Ahmed (22:55)
Abdul Thahid’s awards & gifts were hand delivered by me. After receiving the surprise gifts, he said “Everyone pushed themselves and overcame various obstacles to finish this race. Winners are not just about receiving medals. Everyone that stands up and pushes against barriers and works hard to smash them is the real winner.”
BFA hopes to participate in future Muslim Charity Runs. “We will take the top gongs in all the categories!” Laughed Ashraf.
A big thanks to ELM & LMC, all the sponsors, volunteers, and the participants.