Event Rating 26th Reebok Wadi Bih Run 2018
Feb 02
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Average Rating: 8.4
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8.6
I would take part again
9.8 The best event in the region Tom Crampton · Participation: 4 times I would take part again: Yes

“Excellent organisation this year; much smoother border crossing and very slick all round. A bit of a shame that numbers were down as that detracts a little from the relay. ”

9.5 As usual a Great Event! Louis Zsivolecz · Participation: 4 times I would take part again: Yes

“I enjoyed the Wadi Bih race as always in the past, even last year in the extreme weather!”

9.8 Absolutely fabulous event! Arun Kumar Panneervel · Participation: 4 times I would take part again: Yes

“Just love the terrain and the entire event. Well organized even when nature throws curveballs! Great team! Will keep coming back for more. PS: Signage at CP's can be a bit brighter.”

8.2 Easy and scenic wadi run! · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Maybe
9.8 Best running event in the UAE Greg Andrews · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“Such a brilliant weekend for the whole family ... still buzzing from it a week later!! ”

10.0 The best ultra marathon in the entire region. Jeremy Curran · Participation: 6+ times I would take part again: Yes

“Once again, an outstanding event held in the most stunning scenery Arabia has to offer. Well-run and professionally managed, this unique event represents everything that a solo runner or a team of runners could look for, from the beginners to the obsessives...”

9.3 It was tough course, organised well · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Yes

“It was tough course, organised well”

10.0 Always my favourite event of the year...:) Ed Brown · Participation: 4 times I would take part again: Yes

“Such a great weekend away from Dubai - highly recommend this event :)”

7.0 Great and Chellenging Event · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Yes

“All are good except that the solo runners who finished in 11hrs did not have food anymore when reached the finished line. As a solo runner for 72 I got only one single photo I hope there will be volunteers who could take pictures for the solo runners up there in those mountains.”

9.8 Wonderful. The best running event of the year. Glyn Kilsby · Participation: 6+ times I would take part again: Yes

“Wadi Bih is what other endurance events would like to be. Well organised, great fun, a good, but not ridiculous level of challenge (unless you want to do 72 solo!) and a beautiful area in which to run. I do a lot of running, but if I could only do one event a year, I'd choose this one. Thank you to John, Neil, Graham, Katrina and all the team.”

9.3 Loved it David Briscoe · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“I loved the race! My first time solo and came 3rd in the 30K. My only remark would be that the marking was a bit off. There was one turning up the mountain heading towards Zighy bay where there was no marking or at least not to be seen. Then on the last 2K there was nothing, it was difficult to judge as there where 2 roads to turn down. Apart from that the race was amazing. ”

7.3 Unique race route - much better than a city run! · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“Great route, marshalling and general organisation My only gripe would be the cost - AED1,500 for a team seems steep considering the amount of support provided. That said I would probably do again if encouraged by other team members as the scenery is amazing”

7.0 Challenging Run! · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Maybe

“Water stations were only provided with water upon our during the last 10km. During the start of the 30km, the only water station available was after 11.8km. The uphill and downhill parts were quite intense, too steep and while going downhill it was very difficult to control our speed. Still a great experience! ”

7.0 Good race but can be organized better. · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Maybe

“-I prefer using a timing chip. I'm not sure why there is a huge discrepancy between what my Garmin says and the actual 50km distance that I signed up for. -There was a good supply of hydration. -Where are our official photos? :)”

6.4 A first timer · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Maybe

“Plz try to enlist the instructions in a Wadi-Bih-for-Dummies kind of way so you can attract more first timers, do not assume we all know where Wadi or Dibba is! or which entry point we have to use.you might want to introduce the area and mention clearly that we are crossing borders before starting the race (Yes this simple info was not clear to us!) as we thought we will be crossing borders while on the course and the visa thing is for formalities just in case! all in all, I enjoyed it! Thanks!”

8.2 I just love this wadi Amr Ahmed Sayed · Participation: 3 times I would take part again: Yes
6.1 Poor hotel partner. Too much road running · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Maybe

“Golden Tulip Dibba should not be recommended as the hotel for this event. The rooms were cold and damp. The food on offer the night before the race was awful - chicken that was uncooked. There was no early breakfast option leaving runners to start on an empty stomach. Also too much road running for a trail run”

9.1 Incredibly challenging, but thoroughly rewarding! Abraham Varughese · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes
Edited on 04.02.2018

“I was in two minds about participating after having to drop out last year, just before the finish line, due to stormy weather. This is a niche event with a tough course and mostly draws serious enthusiasts. So it's important to not compare your experience to high-profile races in the city. The Absolute Adventure team did a great job with the aid stations and patrolling. Signages could have been designed to be more visible. GT Hotel rates are a rip-off, while food and service is appalling. ”

9.5 Great event over a challenging course David Morrison · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“Spectacular course, good start / finish organization. The pool was fantastic way to cool down and the refreshments / food was great. Headed home in great shape!”

9.5 An excellent event in all aspects Oliver Boyle · Participation: 4 times I would take part again: Yes

“Well organised and the border process was seamless this year. I'll be back!”

9.8 Another great and very tough Wadi Bih! Jason Hooper · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“Big thanks to the organisers for putting on such a great event. We all had a wonderful time. It was nice having water at each CP, next year I wont run with a hydration pack. My only complaint, in the dark some of the signs were easy to miss, suggest making them reflective next time.”

8.9 a great place for challenges and meeting alike Baqir Abdulredha · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Yes

“Very well organised, hats off for volunteers at support stations. ”

9.3 Really Enjoyed the challenge John Casey · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“Really enjoyed the challenge. Well organised event - thanks to all the Wadi Bih team.”

8.4 Different and Fun Hernan Melgares Escalera · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“Different and Fun”

10.0 Best ever run in the region :) Aliz Cser · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes

“The border pass place was difficult to find in the morning, there were no signs”

8.0 Good event Shammes Al Shamsi · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: Maybe

“I did the 72km, Marshals were awesome, cool, and encouraging, as well as volunteers. Signage was a problem, was lost two times so there is definitely a signage problem. The other problem was the boarder pass as many athletes were late because of that, while searching for it, i saw more then ten other cars also driving all arpund the area searching for it. Course/event was a great fun challenge. ”

9.3 A great day in the mountains! Simon Blackwell · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: Yes
7.0 Great event, shame about the finish line! · Participation: 1 time I would take part again: No

“Zighy 30 was a tough, challenging course but enjoyable! Great atmosphere on the return leg, passing the relay teams and exchanging encouragement! Happy to get to finish line, wasn't bothered about setting a world record, but am sorry to have disappointed the official timer-dude with my poor performance, who begrudgingly tossed a medal my way. Sure it was all good humoured, but give folks a bit more of a welcome when they've busted their gut for a few hours! Well done the winners & all finishers!”

4.8 I wish I could get a refund. Sheila Seiler · Participation: 2 times I would take part again: No
Edited on 03.02.2018

“Wadi Bih sunk lower than last year - at least in previous years, if things were disorganized or stations unmanned, the course was great. This year, the 50k course was changed after the refund/cancellation deadline, which meant that people who had signed up for mountainous trails instead got a run that was half-road, half-trails, almost no vertical challenge. You can't make a trail run a road run after the cancellation deadline. Also, did you guys even get my time?”