A Coventry man plans to run four world marathons in just three months to raise money for charity.
Haroon Mota, 35, of Coventry, broke his second hurdle in the London Marathon this weekend, with plans to conquer two more major world marathons by the end of the year.
He competed in the Berlin Marathon on September 26, the London Marathon on October 6 with the intention of completing the Chicago Marathon on October 10 and finally, the New York Marathon on November 7.
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Haroon signed up for the marathons last year, but they were canceled due to the pandemic.
And now he hopes to achieve his goal despite all obstacles.
Speaking of the London Marathon, Haroon said: “The atmosphere is amazing, it was amazing to be there.
“The crowd, the spirit of the people cheering me on, it was a really special atmosphere, I’m always buzzing.
“It was difficult and I suffered from cramps towards the end but I crossed the finish line.
“Marathons never get easier.”
The 35-year-old, who heads the challenge events at Penny Appeal, plans to raise £ 50,000 for the Palestine charity, a cause he is “very” excited about.
Haroon told Coventry Live: “Having visited Palestine several times over the past few years, visited Penny Appeal projects, learning about the plight of the Palestinians and witnessing their struggle firsthand, this is a cause which fascinates me a lot.
“I am now even more motivated and determined to help their lot, and that is why I am running for them.”
Haroon has traveled a total of 1,000 miles to train for his four-marathon challenge and trains up to five times a week to make sure he’s in top shape.
However, the 35-year-old said his diet, rest and recovery were just as important to his grueling workout regimen.
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He said: “The most important thing is to make sure I have enough fuel to train, but my recovery is fundamental.
“I have to be careful about what I eat, my rest and recovery, my hydration and my sleep.
“I eat a lot of carbs to train as hard as possible, especially when I run up to 23 miles in the morning.”
Haroon started running in 2011 and went on to complete his first half marathon in Coventry.
He quickly developed a passion for sports and started running marathons on a regular basis.
Haroon said: “There is a lot of discipline in being an athlete.
“It’s a lifestyle where I have to take my training as a priority in my day and adapt everything else around it.
“In the past, I used to tailor exercise to my schedule, but since the lockdown, it gave me more time to prioritize training.”
Haroon has raised over £ 13,000 for Penny Appeal so far and said he was “blown away” by the continued support from people around the world.
He said: “I get so much support globally from social media.
“I often receive donations in foreign currency because people see my cause from abroad.
“It amazes me to see all the support, it really inspires me and pushes me to keep going and stay strong.”
The money raised will be used to help poor communities in Palestine affected by Covid-19, including distributing aid in Gaza, resupplying medical supplies, providing clean water and funding humanitarian projects.
Haroon plans to complete the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, but is still awaiting approval to enter the United States due to the travel ban.
If he doesn’t get the national interest exemption, Haroon has said he will run the Manchester Marathon instead.
Last year Haroon traveled a total of 260 km fasting during the month of Ramada without eating or drinking, raising £ 52,000 for charity.
To donate to the Haroon Four Marathons Challenge, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/running4palestine
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