Runner's World (UK) - - LONDON CALLING - @Ha­roon_­mota Justgiv­­mota

HA­ROON MOTA ‘After run­ning the 2012 Lon­don Marathon I told my­self I’d never run again – it was such a pain­ful ex­pe­ri­ence! But when my fa­ther, Hafiz Kasim Mota, was killed in a car crash in 2013, at just 57, I felt com­pelled to put my run­ning shoes back on. Run­ning helps me deal with his loss and, through fundraising, gives me a way to carry on his legacy by help­ing peo­ple in need. In hon­our of him I ded­i­cate ev­ery mile, ev­ery step, to­wards good­ness.

This year I have a lot of miles to run. God will­ing, in the three weeks be­fore I

toe the line at Lon­don I’ll have run the Manch­ester, Paris and Bos­ton marathons under the #run­ning4­dad ban­ner, rais­ing funds for a so­lar wa­ter and power sta­tion in Senegal that will sup­ply needy com­mu­ni­ties. Through this chal­lenge I also hope to show that Mus­lims are gen­er­ous and con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to­wards so­ci­ety – so many news pages these days are dom­i­nated by neg­a­tive sto­ries about Mus­lims.

When I ran Lon­don in 2012 I was so dis­ap­pointed that I didn't spot any of my fam­ily at the 18-mile mark, where we’d agreed they would be. Then, at mile 26, I saw my dad with a huge smile, and it gave me such a boost for that fi­nal stretch. A year later we lost him.

I’ll prob­a­bly burst into tears when I go past that point this year and think of Dad. It’s still very raw for me. But the mem­o­ries and tears will spur me to the fin­ish. The sense of achieve­ment will be very spe­cial, com­plet­ing my fourth marathon in three weeks, and know­ing I’ve raised £20,000 for this pro­ject in my fa­ther’s mem­ory. He’d be so proud.’

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