2022-11-24 23:00:00

The Muslim family tackling exercise stereotypes

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A charity fundraiser and founder of a Muslim hiking group has revealed he was first motivated to exercise and inspire others after the tragic death of his father.

Haroon Mota, from Coventry, said he had really struggled after his dad was killed in a car crash in 2013.

Pounding the pavements gave me time to process my grief, he said.

He said he felt compelled to keep the running shoes on and run for good causes which I dedicated to my father.

I think nothing makes you feel better after loss knowing you are doing your best to honour them afterwards. Now I run just for the pure joy of it, he said.

Mr Mota has completed six marathons and 40 half marathons as well as setting up the largest online community of Muslim hikers, aiming to make the outdoors more inclusive.

The group meets up for monthly walks around national parks, hills and mountains.

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