Abdullahi Nur is on a mission for Olympic Gold


Aged just 21, Nur has the potential and a very bright future in middle distance track athletics in the UK.

Olympic Gold is the dream and ambition of Nottingham hopeful, Abdullahi Nur. However, he needs the help through sponsorship, in terms of financial backing and the help of a qualified coach, to push him beyond the distances he is currently achieving.

Abdullahi has two medals from the Leicester Half Marathon and the Nottingham Half Marathon in 2008. He gained a silver medal from a race in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire with Notts Athletic Club. He also won the East African Mile Trophy Race in July 2009, a 5km run held in Victoria Park Leicester. He clocked an amazing time of 14 minutes 44 seconds. Abdullahi runs the 3000 and 5000 metres and clocks a time of 4 minutes 11 seconds for 1500 metres.

Since 2011, Abdullahi has made great progress and effort integrating in the Nottingham community through his commitment and membership to Hyson Green Youth Club. He has passed his Level 2 Community Sports Leaders Award.

He has the support of Mo Farah, who congratulated and encouraged Abdullahi following Abdullahi’s recent race victory and gold medal in Leicester. Farah noticed Abdullahi’s fast time and his advice was for Abdullahi was to, “keep training and to persevere,” in order to reach the golden heights of double Olympic medal champion achieved by Farah at the London Olympic Games in 2013.

However, financial challenges, lack of a training coach, running club and sponsorship support hinders Abdullahi from the intense training schedule needed for elite level athletics.

Abdullahi used to train twice a day at Notts Athletic Club based at Harvey Haddon Stadium, Nottingham. However, the £3 fee charged (£4.50 non-members, £90 annual pass) by the stadium for each entrance has become a hindrance to his training needs. His desire to run 3 times a day would require £9 per session. He now trains every day of the week at local parks mainly the Forest Recreation Ground and Wollaton Park, Nottingham covering around 125-150km per week.

Abdullahi has lived in Britain since 2004. He was born in El Wak, Mandera, a small town on the Kenya/Somali border. He was forced to leave East Africa as a refugee and his family moved to Sheffield. In 2004, Abdullahi was bullied at secondary school in Sheffield because of his poor command of the English language and suffered damage to his right eye following an assault on him at the school. He is still undergoing checks to complete treatment for his eye injury.

Abdullahi started running aged 12 after he was spotted by Stephen Ndungu, the founder of Mt. Kenya Talent Development Centre, www. mktdc.com. Mr Ndungu has spotted and nurtured many athletic talents. He is especially credited for spotting and nurturing the late marathon Olympic champion Mr Samuel Kamau Wanjiru.

Mr Ndungu facilitated Abdullahi’s training at the Ibrahim Hussein Camp in Kapsabet, Kenya where many elite runners including Mo Farah, Mike Boit, Ibrahim Kipkemboi, Julius Kariuki, Wilson Kipketer, John Ngugi, just to name but a few have previously trained. Ibrahim Hussein Camp work in partnership with MKTDC in identifying, nurturing and managing athletic talent.

“Abdullahi is very talented. He just requires a good coach and consistent training and he will definitely join the elite league of runners”, said Mr Ndungu. He just requires sponsorship and funding to enable him continue with his training in the UK. He joined the famous camp on 13th October 2012 for six months and completed runs of 1 hour 20 minutes over 28 km from eight in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. He ran 400 metres 25 times in daily training sessions, averaging between 78 and 86 seconds per lap.

Mr Ndungu noted that high altitude training, discipline and good guidance from competent and committed coach are factors necessary to develop Abdullahi’s competence. He is disciplined and in need of a good coach and facilities such as those available in Kenya at Mt. Kenya Talents Development Centre, PACE training camp and Ibrahim Hussein Camp to make him excel.

Abdullahi was one of the honoured guests asked to carry the Olympic Torch through Nottingham on June 28th 2012 along with Torvill and Dean, among others.

“I still have the torch!” said Abdullahi. “I am so happy and proud to carry the torch in Nottingham as people talked to me and the experience has helped me to connect with others and to know that I am not alone,” he remarked with a smile.

“I am looking for somebody to help me get to the next Olympics in Brazil, 2016. I need somebody to coach me and to go to athletic meetings and to develop me into the top athlete I can become,” said Abdullahi. “Mo Farah is my inspiration. He comes from Somalia. He is doing some good things running in the UK. I want to gain experience and represent the UK in my running, “said Abdullahi.

If you can support Abdullahi and enable him to inspire our youths, visit his website, sponsored by Mojatu Foundation, at www.abdulnur.com. For genuine offers for elite coaching and club training call 07440 397699 or visit his website or www.facebook.com/abdullahi.n.abdullahi