Connect With Our Athletes


Lynne Northcott

Lynne is the Brand owner for Jog On. She started running in 2015 and later opened an account on Instagram @jogonhijabi encouraging others to get active in order to help with mental well being and meet positive people. Lynne is an England Athletics Running and Fitness Leader and Mental Health Champion. By profession she is a counsellor in a secondary school. She hopes to bring her professional knowledge and her passion for sport together to promote the unity of well-being in the mind and body.

Lynne is part of a running club, competing in multi-distance and multi-terrain races in a number of different leagues including road running and cross country. Lynne ran the London Marathon 2018 and is looking forward to Berlin marathon in September 2019. Her life goal is complete all the World Major Marathons.

Grace Hunter

Grace is new to running. She is just beginning her journey having secured a charity place with Penny Appeal in the Virgin London Marathon 2020. Grace will be fundraising to build water wells in The Gambia, changing the lives of generations to come so they will no longer have to walk miles to reach clean water.


Kaoutar Hannach

Kaoutar or @coachk as she is known on Instagram is keen to encourage more diversity in the fitness world. Kaoutar set up her initiative @evolvewithK a mission is to help people reach their maximum potential; a healthy body and a healthy mind – a code she lives by. Kaoutar provides customised SOLUTIONS to each individual on programs and now amazing packaged retreats in Morocco to connect mind and body.
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Khadijah Mellah

18 years old and off to university this year to study engineering, Khadijah Mellah made headlines when she started training for her first race on a horse at The Magnolia Cup at the Goodwood Races. Her training was intense as it coincided with revising for her A-Levels and fasting during Ramadan.

She wasn’t expected to win, nor was her horse, Haverland, deemed to be the fastest of steeds. Her trainers were preparing her to finish the race. She had first sat on a race horse only two months before. Bonded with a united thirst for the finish line, Khadijah and Haverland dug deep and pushed on to cross that line in first position.

The first British hijabi to ever compete in a horse race and she won! We are so proud of Khadijah.


Zainab Alema

Otherwise known as The Bulldozer, rugby player Zainab, or Zee as her rugby family call her, wants more women like her to try out the sport. She says there is a real lack of black women, especially who wear hijab, giving the sport a go. Zee talks of how rugby really helps channel aggression and negative feelings and when she leaves the pitch she feels the weight has left her. She says rugby is for everyone, no matter what your size or body type.

Zee is CEO of Studs In The Mud, a project to provide kit and support rugby players at grassroots level in Ghana. She recently visited and personally handed out boots and kit that had been funded through her GoFundMe page. Follow her on Insta @Zeealema or her blog, through zee’s eyes.

Zee is also a neo-natal nurse, caring for premature babies in hospital. She is a mother of 3 and has encouraged two of her sisters to start playing rugby. One of her proudest moments was seeing one of her sisters score her first tri. Zee would love to see more women join the sport and says its so inclusive and welcoming and loves the sisterhood that the sport brings.