Community unites for first half-marathon

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Runners took to the streets for a fundraising half-marathon to help pay for a new mosque.

The event in Agbrigg was organised in aid of the Madina Masjid, which is being re-built with improved facilities.

Dozens of people took part in the 13-mile half-marathon, which set off from Agbrigg Park and saw runners cross the finishing line at the Madina Masjid, on St Catherine Street.

Businesses came forward to sponsor the event, which organisers hoped would raise £50,000 towards the cost of building work at the Madina Masjid.

Shafqut Choudry, head of the Madina Masjid committee and organiser of the May 14 race, said: “Close to 100 people took part.

“We are still collecting but we are hoping to reach the £50,000 target.

“It was just brilliant. The whole of Wakefield, not just Agbrigg, came together as a community.”

The Madina Masjid launched an appeal for volunteers and donations to help pay for expanded facilities for the community.

The project, which involves the demolition of the existing building, has already started and is expected to cost around £800,000 in total.

The re-built mosque will include a new kitchen area and bigger halls for attendees at Jumma and Eid prayers.

Donations are being taken online at