Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon & 10K 2015

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I would take part again
9.6 Great event a must every time! Joseph Khater · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Perfect event end to end, from the organisation to the finish along with the medals. Great support from all the volunteers and marshals on the support stations. Course with amazing scenery early in the morning. Timing and Photo service were prompt! Large variety on the buffet and great fun at Yas Waterworld! Lots of giveaways included too.”

9.7 Great experience Anand Venkatasamy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Enjoyable run · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“New route caused a hiccup for the front runners who missed the turn to the mall. Needs to be fixed next year ”

9.1 Good run Peter Stoltze · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 A very enjoyable morning run · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Another great event Angus MacKinnon · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Can't have too many ice lollies! Liked the route change to incorporate Yas Mall, shame to have dropped Viceroy. When will Abu Dhabi have its own full marathon????”

8.0 Very good · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Non”

9.2 Always a great event - Thank You Daniel Smith · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“A BIG THANK YOU to all the event organizers and volunteers. We just turn up and run, they have many sleepless nights trying to get it perfect!!!! Great Course, happy volunteers, on time start and just such a great day. I now have a bunch of 5 striders half marathon medals and sorry to say this last one isn't quite to the same standard.....but different!!!!! Thanks once again and for sure will be back again next year. Great work. ”

10.0 Fanstaic from start to finish! Amie Morris · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I enjoyed this event from start to finish, everything about the day was orginised with great though and care for the runners. I was extremely impressed with the water stops and free energy drinks/chews, also the ice lollies at the end where all a great surprise.”

7.6 Fantastic event! Khawar Siddique · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
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9.5 Well organised and thoroughly enjoyable Philip Smith · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The event was well organized. Everything went smoothly. No problems before, during or after the race.”

8.1 Well organised event. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organised race on a good course. Overall more positives than negatives. Would recommend to others and take part again. The negatives? Too few toilets at start, water stations fine but water 'cups' not practical for runners trying to drink and run, quality of men's T shirt was very poor and certainly not something I'd be keen to be seen wearing, didn't use the waterpark or go for breakfast after the race therefore cost of race expensive against overall value. ”

10.0 Great event · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organized and delivered event. Minor problems: 1. Timing - would be nice to have splits at 5, 10, 15km, 2. toilets - long cues, not enough of them for the number of participants. Otherwise, fantastic! Congratulations AD Striders.”

9.4 Brilliant fun! Cara Smith · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thanks for much, great event.”

10.0 Well organized event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.6 Awesome event Guglielmina Boero · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I have really enjoyed the race and I will do it again next year! Thanks to all the staff, great job.”

9.6 Great, but could be epic! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“I enjoyed the event tremendously. In the future I hope the medal improves. It seemed a little cheap this year. Also, the breakfast left a little bit to be desired.”

9.7 A great run Neil Graham · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Ran this event when I was in Abu Dhabi on vacation. Great set up, buses from hotel plaza to start, amazing breakfast at yas water world, great route, hopefully I will get the chance to run it again. Only a little hot compared to Scotland, thanks a wonderful event, proud to have done it”

8.2 Well organised and managed Don McLellan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“My feedback would be that the entry to the water park was unclear that you had to enter immediately during or after the completion of the race. I went back to my friends and returned at 12 noon and had to pay. I would prefer a souvenir like a mug or a finishers t-shirt as opposed to a medal, as I would get more use and you would obtain more advertisement ”

9.1 Great event Belal Charanek · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Good hotel deals near the start line for runners from abroad ☺”

8.6 Every thing nice · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Should start at 6am”

7.5 Excellent race but pricey Declan Moran · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed Fridays run but a few points I would bring up. First it was frustrating towards the end of the half marathon having to dodge the 10k finishers in a very narrow part of the road. Perhaps two lanes? The race is quite expensive considering the lack of "goodies". Compared to Dubai Creek Half which have an excellent stash and is a cheaper entrance fee. Finally the food at the breakfast was very average. ”

6.8 Friendly, fun event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.8 Very good atmosphere and super friendly! Wendy Pearce · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Love it · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“See you next year...thanks so much....”

9.7 Great race and superb after in yas waterworld · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“If possible to split half marathon and 10k finishes it would save congestion at finish. Around 12.5k mark at roundabout there was no marshall and it was confusing where to go. Otherwise a perfect occasion and a Waterworld is a great way to finish the day”

10.0 A well organized event and worth joining. Aristotle Yuzon · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Proper assignment of bib no. especially for those who have previously participated and have good running time regardless if it is individual or club member.”

9.1 Great day out. Clare Maycock · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great event. Please include parking instructions for AD pack pickup as hotel staff said there was no free parking so people were parking at Du.”

5.5 I was much more satisfied int he previous 3 years · Participation 4 times I would take part again Maybe

“I wasn't happy at all from the following: - medal design and materiel is very poor (at least compared to the previous 3 years) - the course was changed without informing the participants - the participation fee is very expensive or at least very low value for money - the giveaways (towels & caps) are of poor quality compared to the original towels distributed 2 years back (the blue ones) and the caps - you need to give higher discount on the tickets to Yas Waterworld so all family can go ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“wow appreciate your feedback and Happy to talk through if you wish to email admin We posted maps of the course months out and they were in the event guide which was available for download via the event site. The price of entry to waterworld for supporters (which included breakfast is cheaper than the standard pricing). if you feel so strongly that the value is no longer there, please please join the committee and help steer it in the right direction. We are all Volunteers”

8.5 N/A Raffi Philibbossian · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“N/A”

10.0 Always a favorite! Cecile Strydom · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.7 Great event all round but flawed podium · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“I love this race and all the AD Striders races in general, they are always well organised. My only gripe is the way the overall top 3 was awarded meant that some of the podium places were taken away from the open AG's. In the women's event in particular 50% of the top 3 across the 2 distances were not from the open AG. This means the 2nd and 3rd placed females in the 10km and 3rd place female in the HM were not recognised. Needs a rethink to be fair to all”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“To be Fair, we appreciate you comments and welcome a direct email so we can be clear and clarify if you feel something was flawed on the day.We have in all our events overall winner, 2,3 comes from the total field and we celebrate and are encouraged to see both old and the very young take an overall place.”

7.2 Great event! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Very good event! Keep improving it for more people to participate Thanks ”

9.1 Great event, lovely atmosfere, well organised. Martina Jan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“Didn t find where i can download the certification. So i still don t have it. The only remark. Otherwise i had a great day and next year i ll participate again without no hesitation! Thank you!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“There is a certificate icon next to your finish time on http://www.premiertiming.com - click the icon to auto-download your certificate or follow the instructions in the email you received on the morning of the event with details of your results.”

9.5 Fantastic Susan Mack · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“My first 21km and I would have liked 21 on my medal :( Yes it is on the lanyard) The only issue I have, otherwise superb!! Thanks heaps.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“We have Half Marathon on the medal. It is a simple fact we can change ribbons at the last minute but actual medals is difficult when so many runners leave it to less than month out to register. thanks for the feedback”

10.0 Perfect organisation! Milana Vucic · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
5.8 Well organized Ramesan Ktp · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organized. Reduce the price....after running utilizing the waterworld facility is very minimal”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“Thank you Ramesan, with the cost of the event set up , the price will not come down. The costs of all the other aspects from medals, shirts, timing services, shirts, toilets etc are more than the cost of the price of entry. We are grateful of the support and sponsorship of Yas Waterworld as a venue partner and hope to develop this race to higher levels next year. Oh and all the staff that work on the event do so as volunteers.”

9.5 Great event! Patric Bleichenbacher · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Good organisation and a nice course. The only negative point: I didn't get the right shirt (half marathon instead of 10k). Breakfast and water park entrance were also very nice.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“drop us an email and let's sort out a shirt for you. [email protected]

10.0 Great event and really well organised. James Shorter · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Great atmosphere Elise Holmes · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed this race, great atmosphere around the course and on the finish line. Breakfast was really good and a very enjoyable day at the waterpark. Thanks to all who organised and volunteered. ”

9.6 One of thr nest event in UAE. Murali Panchapakesan · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“1Warming up session was missing this year. 2.Rate has been increased . Overall nice event , not to be missed every year. Well-done once again for the flawless arrangements to Abu Dhabi Striders !”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“mmmmm we just ran out of time in organising things. the committee needs more helpers ”

8.2 GREAT! Rakesh Sankar Nair · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“THE WEATHER WAS HOT ESPECIALLY AFTER 7.30. MY SUGGESTION IS TO START THE RACE EARLIER MAYBE 5.30 IN THE MORNING. AFTER 15 KM MARK IT IS GOOD TO HAVE THE WATER STATIONS EVERY KILOMETER. RACE PACK COLLECTION COULD BE DONE FOR 2-3 DAYS IN DUBAI (ONLY ONE DAY THIS TIME). THE COURSE HAD 3 HILLS WHICH WERE TAXING. DONT MIND ONE OR TWO!”

9.7 Excellent organization great breakfast!! Sarah Lowry · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Excellent! Muhammad Najeeb Khan · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Excellent Event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 One of the best UAE events Salim Faraj · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Thank you Abu Dhabi Striders, this is one of the events that I must participate in every year.”

9.6 Best organised run in UAE. Keep up the good work. Ajith Nair · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Very enjoyable and well run event Susan Bateman · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 I won my category - very pleased! Milly Larmer · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.0 Really well organised event, thoroughly enjoyed it Adam Tomaszewski · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“My only slight negative were the frequency of water stations, i just felt that there could have been another couple of aid stations thrown in, towards the end expecially. Otherwise a great even, thank you.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“need more volunteers and support to put out more water stations. We are happy you enjoyed the day”

9.4 A nice morning spent. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Pace markers in the shoot that are clearly visable would be an improvement. Please do a better job of keeeping the 10kers out of the way for the start of the half marathon!”

8.5 Great Event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.2 Great event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.5 Had a blast · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“Loved running and enjoyed the rides in yas waterworld”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.11.2015
“did you not like the course , timing services and medal - you gave us a 0 ”

Comment from Premier Online - 23.11.2015
“did you not like the course , timing services and medal - you gave us a 0 ”

10.0 A HAT TRICK FOR ME AND MY PB · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Incidentally, ADHM was my first competitive race in 2013. My timing is improved 24 minutes by this year compared to my debut run. I really enjoyed 2015 run and will participate Abu Dhabi Half Marathon again and again. ”

9.0 Getting better especially after moving to Yas Satyanarayan Sundaram · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Another well organized event by Steve and his team. Everything went very smoothly without any hiccup. ”

9.6 Well organised, enjoyable. Paul Carroll · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“More toilets needed - although I'm not sure how you could arrange this. Also the price does seem inflated - I'm not sure how many people use the Yas Pass. Would there be some way of using the lockers / bathrooms without having to do this?”

9.7 Good Jinhyuck Kim · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.2 Good Race-Excellent After Event Micheline Foss · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Miss the old course- but liked running up the entrance of Yas Mall. Always good food and buffets really well run this year!! Park is always fun too.”

9.5 Will be back! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 I will run again! Reginald Maltu · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Its a great experience for a first timer”

10.0 Great event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
6.2  more expensive and less well organised Roger Norkie · Participation 5 times I would take part again Maybe

“Not enough toilets available before the race - i started the race with the urge to go as the queue was about 50 metres long. The goodie bag at the end is pathetic with one salonpas patch in it, the rest of the bag was advertising. This is poor compared to when i first did the race 5 years ago. ”

10.0 Great race Brian William · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great course, well organized from start to finish! Rachel Kuryan · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Overall great experience! - the entrance to Yaswater world and the locker facility is always a plus plus for this event. - great support for parking, marshaling and Water stations. - this time the photos were great ...excellent quality! - possibly the only surprise was that the half marathon split timing was only available at 6k and at the finish. Well done once again to Abu Dhabi Striders! ”

9.5 Fantastic race and atmosphere throughout the day Gael Forest · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
8.9 Very highly priced as compared to other marathons · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great day running and playing at Yas Waterworld! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 Well organized Indra Keliuotis · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The volunteers were awesome...everything was really well organized...great job! i didn't care for the medal design...that was my only disappointment... thanks for a great race! Indra”

9.1 Well organised! Kelly Wilson · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The first 10km was excellent - lots of support stations and entertainment with music and the drumming stations. The second half of the half marathon course was not as good. There were no music stations. But the worst thing was there was a long stretch towards the end of the race where there were no water stations. There was a water station before we went over a big overpass and then nothing until the very last water station. I really needed water well before the last water station.”

8.4 Great Event Breda Collins · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Except for the Toilet, the event is perfect. Julius Apat · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Although I have bad experience on toilet as the cue is longer than I anticipated, the food, Yas WaterWorld, volunteer marshals, event organizers and everything is perfect. Good to have this event in Abu Dhabi. Cant wait to register for next year.. I would suggest to put atleast some portable toilets outside to those who do Pit Stop before the run which most of the runners do...”

9.4 Good event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Thanks so much for your cooperated and organized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 A great event! Nicholas Stuart · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well done to the organisers, sponsors and volunteers who made it such a great event to participate in.”

8.6 A well organised and controlled event. Phil Sykes · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 A great event for all levels · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.3 Good race and will come back Pieter Hendriks · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
9.2 Very enjoyable first 1/2 marathon · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Awesome Race Victor Guthrie · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I love that it was so well organized, and that it started on time!!!!!!”

9.4 Excellent as always Marlin Coffman · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Another great run on YAS and a fun day at the water park. Thanks again AD Striders and all volunteers for a job well done. ”

7.5 Support station km 18 was missing Paul Chatenay · Participation 4 times I would take part again Maybe

“For the 100 first half marathoner the Support station km 18 was missing. All the rest was really good !! ”

9.4 Everything is fantastic, well organized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It's my first 21k run, and really thankful for the oragnizers to have this event, it pushes me to train hard everyday and prepare for my first 21k, I run for CANCERAWARENESS, and will always be running for charity. to the ABUDHABISTRIDERS: A big THANK YOU, and prefect thumbs up, more runs in the future. Rowell”

9.5 Fantastic experience for my first race ever! The e KayLynne Matheson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I was a bit confused on the start time for the 10k. The starting time for the half marathon was published, but not the time for the 10K. I was a bit confused on when to be there and when it would be starting. Published times/schedule for the shuttles would be helpful. I asked 3 different hotel employees and each one had a different schedule. Just a quick note about when shuttles would start and end would be helpful. - Maybe a schedule posted in hotel lobbies the morning of the race??”

10.0 Fantastic!!!!!! Rick McIntyre · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Amazing run Richard Pingram · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised, race pack covered everything you needed to know. Bib Pick up before the event made it all so much easier. I will definitely be doing this event again.”

9.5 Great job · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 Great event Rurik Ian Santos · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Definitely one of the best and well organized events I have experienced. Would be back to do it again for sure. Kudos to Abu Dhabi Striders for a job well done. Keep it up! ”

10.0 Good race, nice experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“ Good course, lots of helping people, will do it again definitely. They could have had a bag to put the medal + items that we got right after finishing instead of carrying all of them in our hands.”

10.0 A great course Antonio Henriques Vicente · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“I like that course, this year I walked with my wife in couple, we passed the finish line together. it was a great moment for us, it was her first running.”

9.7 Very well organized · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.4 Another great event from Abu Dhabi Striders · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organised event. My only comment was that the communication about the race pack collection was a bit late for the first pick up session in Abu Dhabi.”

9.6 Great Value for money Alfonso Orona · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“In my opinion on e of the best event organized and value for money”

10.0 Fantastically organized · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.5 It was a very nice race · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Excellent half marathon event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Best half marathon I participated so far. The event photo service was excellent. I have a question about the 20% off on Saucony footwear which was posted in Abu Dhabi Striders page. Is this offer still valid? Do we need vouchers for this?”

9.1 Great event and really good after event function. Andrew Smith · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thank you it was great fun see you next year ”

10.0 It was fun and enjoyable · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The support staff at the booth could be more helpful in case of a lost pack (number and chip). We left home early and wanting to be there in time, I accidentally dropped the envelop with the number and chip. Luckily one of the ladies told me to check the Premier Timing truck who gave me another number. I was happy for their help and it seemed no big deal to them.”

10.0 Two tumbs up Alfonso III Biolena · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Its a great event, looking forward for the next event soon ... ”

10.0 Well executed John Kennedy La Torre · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
6.5 Very enjoyable event. Lynsey Seeley · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well marshalled, good encouragement from volunteers, enjoyed the school music group. Improvement suggestions - more toilets at start, cups or bottles of water on route rather than silly cartons, increase time slot/opportunities to collect race pack. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.11.2015
“Hi Lynsey, as you can hopefully imagine as a volunteer driven event we are hampered by not having enough resources on hand to offer more than 3 pick up days. More people helping would equal more pick up days. Our water is given to us via a generous sponsorship through Al ain water. Toilets not sure how many more , as it was the temp ones cost over 10,000 ... We thought there were plenty inside but will review for next year ”

Comment from Premier Online - 24.11.2015
“Hi Lynsey, as you can hopefully imagine as a volunteer driven event we are hampered by not having enough resources on hand to offer more than 3 pick up days. More people helping would equal more pick up days. Our water is given to us via a generous sponsorship through Al ain water. Toilets not sure how many more , as it was the temp ones cost over 10,000 ... We thought there were plenty inside but will review for next year ”

9.7 Fantastic event! Well organised, good atmosphere Louise Barbesgaard · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Amazing Event. Well organised & Great Value · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 From organization to execution of race...fantastic · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great event! Abdallah Al Khatib · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first half-marathon and it was great! The route was amazing, and the organization was excellent ”

9.6 Great Organization Monique Horshaw · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Everything was very well organized. The course was beautiful. Everyone seemed happy. It was nice to have the option to go to the water park after the race. I didn't do this, but it was a nice touch. I think we could have used a few more restrooms/porta potties near the start/finish line. ”

10.0 Well organized event. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“It was my first 21K run and my expectation in the event were surpassed. A well organized running event from online registration to free breakfast compliment I love it, I'll definitely join again next year hopefully a better runner. ”

10.0 Wonderful Event · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“We can still improve the post race breakfast food selections”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.11.2015
“Thanks for your feedback, very much appreciated. Will pass comments to the chef- anything specific please drop us an email.”

10.0 Great race · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Yas mall visit could be taken out?----faster route”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.11.2015
“Someone has to help pay the bills :-), it was and will remain a great photo backdrop opportunity and wait for what we have planned next year !”

7.4 Let us have a festive mood along the road b4finish · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 22.11.2015

“It's a happy start - lots of people cheering along the road and school band are lovely. But not in the way back going to the finish line, it's so dull specially the last 5 km - no one is around and seems lights are off. We need encouraging and festive atmosphere near the finish line...we'll expect that next year.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.11.2015
“Thank you, agreed but we need an entertainment budget and committee member to run with this - are you available to help. Please email us.”

10.0  Super good! Will return. Dan Schlig · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 An excellently run & organised event Graham Paterson · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“I thought this was an extremely professionally run event and will definitely be back next year (hopefully stepping up to the half), the one suggestion I would have for next year would be to get a new PA system as the sound was very muffled and unclear.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.11.2015
“Graham, You are spot on we will rework the sound as we do like people hearing Steve and Wayne at their best”

9.5 Great day! Monica Burke · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Only complaint would be race pack - color/style of shirt was awful (sorry!) and the red tie meant to attach champion chip was rubbish! Didnt hamper my experience however, and I had a brilliant run and definitely plan to attend next year! Thanks!!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.11.2015
“Thanks Monica, We are limited by the supply of choice, for the chips we recommend that one ties it through ones shoe laces ...glad you enjoyed the run remember the people organising this do this are all volunteers, even the pros do it for the love of the club and the event ”

10.0 Great race - well done Matthew Mills · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised event, my moans last year about parking seem to have been resolved as was much better organised. My time was however poor, and as much as I'd like to blame the organisers, the course, time etc., it's simply down to poor training on my part and sheer laziness! Better start training for next year... Some of the negative comments on here seem rather petty considering the amount of effort it must take to organise such an event - well done to all from me.”

8.8 Great! Miguel Lobo · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.9 Good Experience... would participate again · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Excellent well organized event Richard F Feghali · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 Fun · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“More options for racepack pick up in Dubai or offer to collect on the day / deliver ”

9.1 One of the best organized races in the region Ravi Kumar · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Registration fees are quite high compared to other similar races possibly because of the entry into Yas water world included. A lot of runners actually don't use the water world after the run. So there can an option of a lower registration fee for runners not wanting to use the water world facility. The T Shirt is nice, but there were hardly any other goodies in the race pack from the sponsors. ”

9.6 Superb event- Prolly one of the best in the Region Romain Mejecaze · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Loved it. Parking logistic has improved this year compare to the previous year. Support stations are at 200%- super well done on this. The course is great and the venue is Unique. i have family flying from abroad only for this race for the past 3 years. A real must. Thank you Steve and Daniel for a great event”

9.4 Great organization, continuing improvement · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.7 Another great event. Daniel Gatfield · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Another well organinsed event. I have run this numerous times and I am looking forward to running it again!!”

9.1 A very well organized race in nice surroundings · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Pulled it off again! Richard James · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“When you're getting up at 3am and travelling down from Sharjah, you want the event to deliver and once again Abu Dhabi Striders organized a first class race. This is easily one of the season's highlights and the partnership with Yas Waterworld makes it an extra special day out that is truly appreciated. To everyone involved in pulling this off: thank you so much for your efforts, friendliness and professionalism. See you next year.”

10.0 Best organized, nicest amenities of local half's Michelle Haag · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thanks to ADIB for the photos, Waterworld for the hosting and day at the park. Great breakfast, nice package. Liked the energy gum, muscle spray, massages, food and towel! Special thanks to the school bringing the band! LOVE this race.”

9.0 Good experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“There should be some mobile toilets at start line”

10.0 Excellent Abdellatif Qamhaieh · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 22.11.2015

“My first official HM! This was a superb event especially considering the number of people attending. My only comment is that we could not hear the pre-race directions due to some issue with the speakers.. (That bridge at around 15k was a killer by the way:-)- thanks for the great event! ”

6.2 Overall nice amateur event Abdelrahman Rashed · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Having non-professional volunteers wasn't the best idea. ”

10.0 A well organized and great event Nilo Merencillo · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“I have noticed that portalets outside of Yaswaterworld is few as there was long queue or just because there was a lot of participants. Because of this, I saw a lot of participants use the corners of the fence to be as a toilet.”

9.2 Very pleasant · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 21.11.2015

“Keep improving ”

10.0 A verywell organised race with ace volunteers Julie Talbot · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“A great day. Somehow you've managed to incorporate feedback from previous years, and more besides. The photo service this year had a real 'wow' factor. As did the icecream at the end. 2 very nice surprising touches that made it a memorable day. THANK YOU to everyone involved”

10.0 Fantastic Experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first ever half marathon and I must say I was impressed by the organisation especially the swiftness of the recorded time being reported and the photo's being provided shortly afterwards. You guys have set the standards. Well done. ”

10.0 Another superb event from the Abu Dhabi Striders Mark Wallace · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Can't complain about this event at all. Many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation and delivery of another great Striders event. Terrific course, love the shirt (will NEVER get lost in the dark), medal is pretty cool, course marshals did a great job, enjoyed the band on the course and the solo guitarist. Even the weather was perfect!”

10.0 Awsome Nissar Jamadar · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Enjoyed the run. Only more info about the post run events is solicited”

10.0 Excellent event at perfect venue Thomas Scholtz · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall very happy with the event from start to finish. Only minor comment would be, we need more portaloos at the start. ”

10.0 The best half marathon in the UAE Chris Denison · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“This race was perfect in every aspect. Loved the slightly changed route. Start and finish at Yas Waterworld is an ideal location. Great attention to detail, from medal design to race pacers (helping me to a pb!). Clearly a lot of work gone into the organisation from Steve, Danny and the team..”

9.6 Great organisation Jeremy Grigg · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Really well organised event from Steve and the gang. Thank you again, will be back next year. There was a long queue for the race number but that serves me right for leaving it to the last moment. Loved the junior band early on, they were great. More of them please! The water stations were well manned. Start and end superb. Quality t-shirt as ever. A few more stalls in the village would be nice. ”

9.4 Great course and organisation, will do it again Peter Duffield · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 Another fantastic event in Abu Dhabi Michael Mitchell · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Great organization, picked up my race pack at ZSC early which was a great start. Can't fault the enthusiasm of the volunteers and it was one small step up from what was a great event last year. Didn't post a PB but I will be back. Michael”

10.0  Always amazing by Abu Dhabi Striders · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Keep up the great work and effort. you guys are rock ”

10.0 First Class - highly recommended Elizabeth Driver · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Only comment - couldn't hear the race organizers instructions at the start. Better system needed cos we r a noisy lot! Well done to the organizers - just keeps getting better and better. Great value for Money :) ”

9.0 Very well organized and a pleasure to participate Kavita Mohindra · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.9 Great race! Isabelle Jamkossian · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Very nice event! Always nice to relax at waterworld after the race. Thank you for the support of the volunteers and the free pictures service! Great job Striders”

8.9 This is my favourite half marathon in the UAE! Patrick Labuca · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 21.11.2015

“Nothing beats the after-race relaxation at the cool, pool waters of the Yas Waterworld for our tired legs. Oh, and kudos for the free race photos! Cheers!”

9.1 Overall greatly organised event! Annemie Du Plessis · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was my first event in UAE. Things to improve: *start on the actual morning was a bit confusing since I could not hear the eventMC well *route communication pre-race-I had no idea how the route would go since it was my first time *better signage for pacers-couldn't see the times they were aiming for on the balloons-and had I not heard someone say it, I wouldn't have known Overall great experience with good route markings and surprise breakfast!Thanks race organisers,job well done!!”

9.6 Perfectly organised, love it in all its aspects Lucia De Marco Zompit · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 21.11.2015

“Nice the idea of offering free pics of the event. Didn't download the application because it requires access to my data in a way that's a little too much for my taste. Overall I have to say that the event is awesome, I will participate till possible. Well done to everyone. ”

9.7 An awesome event Rexi Abraham Chacko · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thank you Abu Dhabi Striders for organising a fabulous event. We will certainly be there again next year. Excellent support staff be it parking areas, diverting traffic, support stations, etc. The breakfast was fabulous as well. Overall, well done you guys. ”

8.0 Improve Marshalling and Route Signage Johan Anderson · Participation 3 times I would take part again Maybe
Edited on 22.11.2015

“Due to poor marshalling and route signage some runners did not complete the full half marathon course and were given a time penalty. However organizers did not have control on which runners it was and also gave time penalties to runners who had completed the full course. It took time to get results corrected even if proof was provided.”

Comment from Premier Online - 21.11.2015
“In fairness Johan we received a request from the organiser to make an adjustment at 6am this morning (a weekend); your time was adjusted 3hrs later. You claimed, you were listened to, your results were amended; the low rating you gave the timing & results service seems questionable if your issue was with adjudication, do you not think so?”

10.0 Another amazing 1/2 marathon! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Every aspect of this run was exceptionally well organized. This event can be "counted on" to be one of the premier 1/2 marathons in the UAE on an annual basis. ”

9.5 Great event but can be better! Kwasi Frimpong · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall great organization and route was good so i look forward to coming back next year. The facilities at Yas Waterworld were extremely useful pre/post race. Pacers could be more structured, in particular the 2:06 pacer seemed to have forgotten her time target and took off almost ruining the race for those of us who tried to stay with her. At the halfway point she was well ahead of the 1:45 and 2:00 pacers. I reckon she finished under 2h!”

10.0 Fantastic experience! Harith Al Kubaisy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The whole experience really exceeded my expectations, the course was very interesting, I didn't feel bored at any given moment. Support stations were almost on point, (albeit I missed a sponge once :p), but I'd recommend that the tiny water bottles would be be torn a bit so that the runners would drink right away without losing thoughts on running. The breakfast buffet really made the day, and the waterpark was the cherry on top of the cake. I highly recommend this race.”

9.3 Great race Matthew Veniskey · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“See you next year!”

9.6 Awesome Prashant Nair · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Keep up the good work..imrpove the quality of certificate, add a photo feature to the certificate from the event”

9.6 Well organized race and great atmosphere Anja Schwerin · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 21.11.2015

“Thank you for a greatly organized race, once again. Truly enjoyable from start to finish. I know how much hard work it is to make everything go very smoothly on race day. Loved the bus shuttle service from the Yas hotels, free picture service and the medal. Will be back for sure. ”

10.0 Excellent run...amazing experience..just loved it Prashanth Kulkarni · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 High class event, excellently organised Simon Putt · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Still an excellent event which benefits from super organisation. Access to Yas Waterworld, the changing and shower facilities, the breakfast....all top stuff. Much appreciated not having any climbs in the 10km route. My only grouch is not being able to receive the T-shirt size I had specified....instead I have something approximating a tent! Thank you for liasing with Motley Crue to hold your race the same day as their concert at Yas....most convenient!!”

9.7 Great event, great pictures, separate 10k finish Mario Illan · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“We had lot of fun, great job AD Creek Striders and organizers. This event gets better every year. I still don't like finishing the half marathon among a sea of 10k slow runners. You cannot see who is in front of you from the half. Appreciated more volunteers handing over water, I missed 2 of the stations as nobody was able to give water. Great pictures this year and very fast, also it will be nice to have the option to buy without the logo.”

8.8 Still good :) Apollo Jade Santiala · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 21.11.2015

“Organizing the event was still done smoothly. Medals/timing chips were in good distribution. Food was superb as always. For the lesser length of the event the track was more favorable than last year. Racepack distribution was ok but changing the procedure on locker tags distribution compared to last year was a bit confusing. Less pacers were noticed. Audio for event announcement needs clarity so the event incharge doesnt need to say again the reminders. Definitely would join again nextyr.”

9.5 Great full day ! Nicolas Dubyk · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was a great day the race itself was great, but the full day was also awesome thanks to the free entrance to Yas Waterwold, the breakfast, the goodies. A greqt experience I would participate next year again hopefully. A few details anyway : 1- The pack collection was a bit tricky and it would be easier for all to collect the pack straight before the race 2- Sorry not to have gone into Yas Marina and Yas Viceroy as it was mentioned in the event map.”

9.7 Excellent organisation Hardie Ibrahim · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Parking was excellent. ... improved route... congestion at finish line and positioning of the banana and ice lollies could be improved on”

10.0 Good Stuart Bain · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Great venue,quiet safe roads.”

8.0 Great event, loved the pass to yas water world Mukhamed Iskhakov · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Fantastic race! One of my favorites of the season Faizan Jamal · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Lovely atmosphere. Beautiful route. Great pictures. Good medal. Definitely doing this again next year!”

10.0 Well organised, really enjoyed the event. · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Nice race Fabien Viala · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It is a beautiful course on Yas Island with some difficultées I do not know if it's possible, but water misters some places on the course would do the most good”

8.9 Really enjoyed this event Tracy Bergman · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was a great event! I really enjoyed the course. Areas for improvement would be more water stations, providing water bottles rather than cups (so much spilling!) and more toilet facilities at the start.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 21.11.2015
“Tracey you had full access to the lockers and showers within the waterapk from 5:30am which copes with 7,000 people... Not sure we could prod=vide any more. The toilets out the front as a way of example cost AED12,000 dirhams. which equates to A fair whack of registration fees ”

9.7 Great morning Heather Lyons Wakelin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Communication was great, as were the marshals, food and water park! However, can something be done about the walkers? ”

9.3 Excellent race and fab day out! · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised, fantastic to have breakfast and access to the waterpark. The race director needs to calm down a bit!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 21.11.2015
“Thanks for competing the past 3 years, the race director will gladly swap spots and run again and pass the reins over to anyone who would like to step forward. After 6 years perhaps it is time for a fresh approach and less sleepless nights. Perhaps you may wish to take up the challenge ???”

9.7 Fantastic yet again Robin Hurst · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.6 Great day - thanks Richard Anderson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 21.11.2015

“Overall, very well done. I would say only let down by race pack collection and lack of portaloos at the start area.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 21.11.2015
“Yu had full access to the toilets and lockers inside the park ..... The eco toilets are there only for the pre opening dash. Rating a free event photo service at 70% is a tad harsh :-)”

10.0 Superb race, very well organized Peter Hidvegi · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 One of the best organised races Michelle Boyd · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 20.11.2015

“Well organised and a enjoyable run as usual! A few very minor quibbles - couldn't hear the PA clearly at the start even though it was loud, the guys got nice fluro orange shirts while the ladies got boring blue, and there very few supporters along the course. Perhaps more info for supporters on where they can view, cheer, etc. the sole school band was really nice and lifts the spirits! Will be back for sure! ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 21.11.2015
“Michelle, We gave away brilliant pink in October and are restricted by the color range and availability. Would have loved to have had more choice. Sorry”

9.1 Fun fun fun · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 A great start to the half marathon season · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great organisation and marshalling on the route. The start was slightly haphazard with everyone piling into the chute and the MC harassing people over an insufficient PA system trying to organise the faster from the mass start. Other than that, everything was fine. Will be back next year to make my time better.”

9.5 First Half Marathon - not the last. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 21.11.2015

“Everything just about perfect - would have liked a brighter shirt! Signs at where 10k and 21k split at 9km not so good -saw one 10k girl running back against the 21k runners having obviously missed it. But she was blonde! Thanks to all the support staff and organisers for a superb event.”

9.5 Good event. Manfred Muench · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organised,good giveaways [@NC, we like the medals and towels-maybe not the hat]. Wife was disappointed with the drab blue shirt for small size compared to my bright orange XXL one. Marshalling was good except directions in the car park at 15k - some signs would be useful for the stragglers with no-one to follow. Great support personnel cheering us on. Plenty of support stations. Great breakfast. Thanks to organizing committee for an enjoyable morning. I'll try training next time.”

9.0 As good as it's reputation · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great event! Russell Short · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Had a good time Ganesh Govindarajan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 23.11.2015
10.0 Brilliant location, Excellent organisation Colin Greenwood · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Everything seemed to go smoothly, even if some of the traffic got a bit annoyed at us stragglers! The breakfast afterwards was outstanding again. Thanks”

10.0 A wonderfully organised event Chandrasekar Venkatesan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“My first HM in Abu Dhabi. Very well organised event. The start, course, breakfast, showers & changing facilities... all were excellent. It is a pity we could not give ourselves the use of the water park, after a tough run. The bridge on the course 9at 14 or 15K) can be avoided if this can be rated as a fast course. Nevertheless happy with my PB. Great work.”

9.0 Thank you · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Fantastic event Andrew Sanderson · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.2 Very happy with my first half-marathon experinece · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Overall good bit expensive · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Bit expensive as do not go into the water park”

8.3 Better than RAK but...... Joseph York · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 22.11.2015

“Loved running this race! Volunteers were amazing, the course was great! Few things to improve. Parking-while the attendants we great and directing cars, it is a dirt lot. Not a huge deal until you are done and your feet are wet with sweat then caked with dirt walking to the car. Start-need corrals, people just pushed to the front. People who shouldn't be at the front! Better crowd control would help. Lastly, the last couple miles were bogged down by 10k stragglers, more separation please!”

10.0 In one word Excellent · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first 10km road race in 20years and I really enjoyed it. Thank you.”

9.2 First time for half marathon · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 20.11.2015
9.7 Thanks for great event! · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Fast course this year! race is better and better each year :) ”

9.7 This is The best organized event in the UAE. Jassin Hamed · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Dear Steve and team - congratulations!!!! You have done it again exceeding my past event experiences, which have been wonderful already, yet once again. The breakfast organization wasmuchmore efficient this year, the course is excellent anyways, though the only downside remains the move from AD to Yas island, having no cheered along the route. Overall fantastic. And I always come back again”

10.0 Great event, thank you Debby Plumpton · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for today, wonderful job. Traffic was a bit of a problem at times, buses and taxis trying to get through the runners, otherwise a wonderful event.”

10.0 Perfect half marathon Christopher Lewis · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 From beginning to end was superbly organized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Actual T-shirt size was unknown to me until the event. Though I ordered a Large for in case it is small fits, it was still too small. Maybe need to order XL next time :)”

9.5 Very good organization, the pool at the end Nicolas Chevalier · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“Thanks for everything. Don't increase the price and reduce the gifts WE are not really using : medal, hat, towel...”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 21.11.2015
“Nicolas, Sponsorship will reduce the costs :-)”

9.5 Great race as usual - well done all! Colin Sangster · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Had to stop to avoid being mowed down by a bus at traffic lights by Yas police station - driver couldn't care less that there was a race going on! Otherwise great event as usual - many thanks to the organisers.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 21.11.2015
“Sorry Colin, Our Aussie Strong man Pete took one for the team at the Viceroy today. We will be reviewing the traffic management plan for 2016 as the participation continues to grow ”

9.7 Superb, congratulations and thanks Laura King · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Absolutely superb organisation - really can't fault it! Steve's energetic bullying (!) tactics at the start meant that the seeded runners all got off to a smooth start with no traffic issues - much appreciated. Course is very good, marshalling great and giveaways superb. Probably the best race I've run in the UAE and you've set the bar very high for Dubai and RAK to follow. One small gripe is that I don't like the new date (too close to DCS half) but hopefully that will change back. Thanks ADS!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 21.11.2015
“We can thank the UAE athletics Federation and Nike Run for that change, our preferred date was Nov 13”

9.4 A fantic race, and a new PB (1:24!) John Burt · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“A great race, yet again. Pre-event communication great, organized on site (though a bit scrum like around start block), aid stations well spaced and manned, some of the marshals were not paying attention and fast runners (those not in the main mob) were at a loss with where to go in some turns... arrow signage would help. That minor comment said: fantastic race, and well organized. As Usual!”

10.0 Good race and organized Hashem Al Harbi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 22.11.2015

“Everything is perfect 100% , just the photo service not that much good because you have to connect to Facebook.”

9.0 Run, don't talk ! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Perfect Sofoklis Theodotos · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“All perfect”

8.1 An Amazing day! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“An Amazing day, the volunteers especially were fantastic and very encouraging along the way!!”

9.7 Great event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe
8.8 Disappointing from my point of view Phil Yates · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Unfortunately a group of runners I was running with missed the ramp up to Yas Mall as we were not instructed or marshalled up there. I had a 3 minute time penalty added to my time (I ran at an average pace of 14kmph so it should have been 2) and other people in the group weren't penalised. This was not our fault. I counted 8/9 others that did it, most of whom weren't penalised.”

9.6 Very enjoyable and achievable 10k Ruth Hine · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great time. Friendly encouraging marshals. Could not hear what Steve was saying b4 the race. Speakers need to be repositioned for that.”

9.7 Overall very enjoyable well run event. Justin Fahy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed this run and it is obvious that a lot of planning went into. Have only one suggestion for future years. RAK half marathon have water stations at every km after 17km. Found this really beneficial when you are starting to lag near the end. Also would it be possible to have the water at a cooler temperature? Well done on a very well organized event. ”

10.0 Great race and credit to Abu Dhabi Striders Talib Yaseen · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Best race organization I've ever seen Guillaume Kalfon · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Laid back feel and at the same time spotless organization. Access to Yas Waterworld for breakfast is a real plus. ”

7.4 A good course and well run John Van Hoogstraten · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Registration prior to race day was very slow, not something that has occurred at previous events.”

9.7 Great event Pete Collings · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organised, sense of achievement. Thank you”

7.5 Great weekend fun!! Gregory Hazlett · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

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