Guinness puts aspiring athlete
in the running for success

13 August 2019

Guinness helps aspiring Olympic athlete, Ahmed, to fulfil his ambition of winning medals for the United Kingdom.

Ahmed - photo smallAt the age of 9, Ahmed Farah left Somalia with his family for Kenya, where he was invited to join the Refugee Athletics Team. He was then among a handful of outstanding refugee athletes who were picked to run in the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships held in London in 2017.

Despite only being in training for three months and never having raced at an international level, Ahmed completed the 800m race in less than two minutes, which he then beat again just weeks later, achieving a personal best of 1:48:98 at the British Milers Club Grand Prix.

Living at Guinness’s Sheffield Foyer

In 2017, Ahmed was granted asylum, moving to his new home of Sheffield. Ahmed lives at Guinness’ Sheffield Foyer estate which provides safe, affordable housing for disadvantaged young people, as well as training, education and support. To help Ahmed to achieve his potential he was also awarded Aspire Award funding to help pay for his running kit which has helped boost his dedication, ability and passion for sport.

“I have nothing but admiration for Ahmed’s dedication. He is only three seconds short of being awarded a professional contract and I know he will work as hard as it takes to get there. He asks for very little, but needed some running shoes, we were able to secure him a Guinness Aspire Award so he can continue training and hopefully achieve a new personal best.” – Jill Deeley-Noades, Lead Support Worker

We look forward to seeing how Ahmed gets on and wish him the best for the future. We hope to see Ahmed in the Olympics for years to come!

How to apply for an Aspire Award

If you want to further your career, undertake some training or build on your talent, you can apply for an award by completing an application form online or via email or post. For all the information you need, visit the Aspire Award page.