Barwa Bank Employee breaks Guinness World Records for Ultra Marathons

Doha, 9  April 2014 – Barwa Bank, Qatar's fastest growing Shari’ah compliant banking service provider, congratulates Ziyad Rahim, its Head of Market Risk as he breaks a new Guinness World Record for the ’Fastest time to run an ultra marathon on each continent’by successfully completing seven ultra-marathons on seven continents in 41 days. His amazing achievement also raised awareness for two charities based in the GCC region.

 Ziyad significantly improved on the previousWorld Record which was set in 1999 for completing an ultra-marathon on all seven continents in 267 days.  An ultra-marathon is a distance which is longer than the standard 42.2Km marathon and events usually range from 50Km to 100-milers and even multi-day events over varied terrain.

 Khalid Yousef Al-Subeai, Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Barwa Bank Group said: “What Ziyad has accomplished is something most of us can only dream of. In breaking a Guinness World Record he has demonstrated extreme commitment as well as immense physical capability as well as making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. We are extremely proud to be able to congratulate him on his return.”

 Commenting on the achievement, Ziyad said, “I’m delighted to break this World Record which was unbelievably tough both physically and mentally.Being able to pursue my passion for long-distance running and at the same time raise money and awareness for charity is extremely fulfilling.”

 Every ultramarathon was accompanied by challenges – in Antarctica,Ziyad ran a hilly course that had a combination of snow, ice, gravel and mud, while the South American ultramarathon in Chile was accompanied by strong winds of over 60km/h. For the final leg in South Africa Ziyad completed the Louis Massyn Ultra on Mar 8th to break the record that was set 15 years ago.

 Ziyad collaborated with Pakistan Welfare Forum, a Qatar-based charity that provides education and medical treatment for life threatening diseases as well as financial assistance for poor families in Qatar (http://www.pwfqatar.org/). Moreover, he also raised awareness for a UAE based charity, Maria Cristina Foundation (http://mariacristinafoundation.org/) that provides education and medical assistance to underprivileged children in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.