Doha College 5K & 10K 2013
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141 people have rated this event.
“I would recommend the end of the race NOT contain a 90 degree turn. This makes any real sprint to the finish impossible. Very disappointing. Also the 'event pack' shirt sizes need to be reconsidered. All way too small. One more thing - a BIG timer over the Start-Finish gate would be helpful.
“Great race, very well organized, lovely crowd, great volunteers who provided encouragement along the race.
Keep up the good work!
“Lovely to see such a well organised event in qatar! ”
“When giving out numbers, I got a lot of comments asking why they had to bring a copy of ID. No one could check as we had no lists of who was registered for each number. It all seemed to work out fine, but it felt a little like it could have gone a bit wrong. Not having lists certainly made giving out numbers easier and faster though.
Race itself was fun.
Prize giving was a bit confusing. No one knew what the prizes were for when they were being given out.
Think that less categories would be better. Giving prizes to the winners of 10k and 5k would be nice too. ”
“The event went well and I enjoyed participating in it. Although the giveaways were on the whole good, the female t-shirts were a bit of a disappointment as they hardly fit.”
“I first heard through of this event through word of mouth, and each year a group of us encourages each other to run it. Great community event.”
“Everything was perfect! except that it is too expensive and have no singlet at all. ”
“My first run in Doha. A bit expensive but very well organised. I would suggest better advertising and awareness of the event for future. Very few people know about these events. ”
“The funneled start worked really well, even those of us in the pack weren't held up at all by other runners.
It didn't affect me, but there was a bit of confusion about the route division after 5km and some thought the finish was 100m before the actual finish.
I had a grumpy achilles, and it didn't like the cobbles very much.
No medium T-shirts left when I got there!
The supporters were very noisy - they gave superb encouragement! Nice work.”
“It was a good run. volunteers were helpful in handing out water. Signages of kms completed should have been more prominent at intervals e.g. 2km, 3km, 4km and 5 km. Otherwise, it was worth the run. Breakfast menu can be improved. ”
“A really well organised event. Very clear pre-race instructions that were regularly updated.
Marshalls were great and there was no chance of getting lost or taking a wrong turn along the way!
Very happy with the goody bag and some brekkie was very welcome at the end.
Perhaps the constraint of running both a 5km and 10km necessitated the U-Turn at the Start/Finish but this was quite tight. Although I can see how you had to loop people through for timing purposes but it should be looked at again.
The PA System wasn't powerful enough at the presentation and it wasn't clear where to check for the category placings on the day
Overall, really enjoyed the race and will be back for more”
“My only comment really is that the speaker system was poorly set up in regards to the stage and you could not hear the presentations or information very well.
Breakfast food was very nice and very welcomed.
Coffee was terrible.
Advertising could do with improvement. I only knew about this from a friend, like most events in Qatar.
Looking forward to next years event.
“This is my first event/Run in Qatar for 10k. This event motivated me especially from large number of participants/runners, good support from volunteers, nice medal & goodies (esp T shirt), good results/timing reading, nice photos & video.
Thanks to orgniser and absolutely I will join again next year.
Please revisit the fees for next year or at least maintain the same or reduce to QAR150.”
“I would suggest healthier food and more medium Give awat T-shirt sizes, other than that everything was great”
“Although it was a well managed event, the pre run registration should have been a bit better laid out.
The snacks should be of a better spread. Otherwise a nice event. ”
“I would definitely run this race again, but there is room for improvement. It would have been nice to line up at the start line based on pace. There were some walker who started at the beginning of the pack. It is harder to navigate around these people at the beginning of the race. I would have appreciated running of the soft path instead of the cobblestones. The ladies shirts were very small. They might have been children sizes. Although, packet pick-up was excellent.”
“Overall was Great!! I still have comments regarding the lanes for starting/finish line its so small i think its better widen it for the next time. Others might confused runners for 5k or 10k because at the finish line, you dont exactly would know if you are the fastest 5k runner because they started the same time, so @ first there are some fast runners for 10k other than 5k,who is faster than 5k runners so for me i would think thats my competitor in 5k.all i know if he/she's in 10k if he/she uses the u-turn lane near the finish line.Thank you.”
“Well Organized event loved it, will participate again.”
“Seriously, a great event ! Course was very clear, wonderful to have so many supporters along the way, the cheering really helps.
Small point but we really don't need such a generous gift bag, one item T shirt or water bottle we'd easily suffice or a cap. whatever is cheapest.especially when we are also given cooked breakfast!
Well done all involved!”
“Would have been good to have the speakers closer to the stage as couldn't hear the announcements clearly”
“Would really love to run more in the Aspire park so that we have the beauty around us... so rare in Doha!
“The only thing that was a bit chaotic was collecting our bibs...the sign on the wall should be alphabetical order of names so we can find our number more easily. ”
“Nice to see more events like this in Qatar. ”
“The event was well organized, with good regular communication received from the organisers.
The only comment I have (and it was by no means the end of the world), is that the cobbles are quite tough to run on... I know - I need to toughen up.
Overall, it was a great experience and I would like to commend the organisers and volunteers”
“I thought the event was incredibly well organized. I appreciated the detailed emails prior to the event. However, I thought that the end of the race was not clear at all. I've never been in a race that loops around past the finishing tape. Unfortuantely, I did not complete the full loop and my end time was not recorded. Perhaps that detail could be mentioned in the emails preceding the event. Otherwise, I thought the gifts were great; the food stunning. NEVER have I seen that at a race. Well done!”
“I think the run went very well, and the great weather certainly helped to make for a good event.”
“The starting and finishing line is bit narrow. It would be so much better without the u-turn at the finishing line coz its hard to sprint to the finishing line
“Well organised and well run event.”
“In Average Was a good race, however the price for a 10K it's quite expensive. in my personal opinion the event pack collection must be, during the previous week to the race.
Great effort from the organizers.
Thanks, hope see you next year.”
“Was told i could find my race time after the race but i still dont know what i got. i have been checking online but cant find anything.
Quality of giveaways need improvement. Medals were a cheap sticker placed on the medals.
“Excellent event in interesting place! I will improve Start and Finish orientation for 10k runners. For 10k runners they must slow down and take sharp U-turn losing time.
Next time though, please make the u-turn at 5km and finish much much wider, is too tight and difficult to have to slow down then sprint finish after that.
Also might be good to remind fun runners and slower runners to be more considerate of the mentalists like me who want to get a good time. I nearly fell.
Overall though, this event has consistently been one of the best organised events in Doha and certainly the best organised sporting event. Well done! Ali Longmate ”
“More information on what any profit is used for would be helpful. Not clear if it goes to the school or not.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable experience!”
“I will suggest the possibility to pay even in cash because just online and with money transfer can be an issue for who is from a foreign country.
Moreover, I think it should be selected another path for the race: there are some parts with little stones on the floor that don't make the running confortable and safe, according to my opinion
Finally, I still don't know my official time: it is not clear where can I find this information.”
“Well organised and executed.”
“Good organisation, but way to expensive, although the T-shirt is of good quality. A price between 50 and 100 QAR would be more acceptable.”
“The finish line needs to be clearer (more marshalls shouting out instructons/better signage). Well done.”
“Friendly support crew, enthusiastic organisers. Bibs and chips very tech smart. Thanks”
“The event was excellent and well organized!”
“The winners presentation was poor, I wanted to know the names of the winners for each category and their times. All else was excellent. ”
“Very well organised event - marshalling was excellent, atmosphere great fun.”
“Really nice race, great volunteers & well organised.
I thought the breakfast was pretty ordinary. Eggs & beans really didn't cut it compared with some I've been too. ”
“It was my first race ever but I believe everything was perfect. Thank you.”
“Well organised, warm and friendly atmosphere, fantastic volunteers, I had a smile on my face for the whole 10km!”
“It's really handy to have events in Doha and not to have to travel to the UAE for races. Please continue these events!We were kept informed about the race.”
“Thanks for a great morning! I was on a high all day after completing the race!
There are just one or two comments I'd like to make as feedback.
On the day it was very difficult to hear the PA system, which was a shame as I would have liked to have heard the prize ceremony.
After the event I logged on to Premier Marathons to find out my time, but couldn't see how to find it. It was only by a friend sending me a link to the correct site could I find out my time. Perhaps information of where to go to find out your time could be put in the finishing pack?
The t-shirts given in the finishing pack are great to have as memorabilia of the event, however the sizes were coming up very small - for the ladies at least!
Many thanks again!”
The breakfast was good this year - fresh scrambled eggs!
Make the final turn more gradual, more like a hairpin turn - not so sharp.
The awards given in 2013 were not as nice s 2012's. Please go back to that supplier.
The t-shirt was lighter (better) than 2012. There were enough S/M, for me anyway.
The white bag is not needed. I am doubtful many people would use it after the race, making it a waste.
The corrals near the start are dangerous, with the little metal feet sticking out. I hope no one tripped on them.
The marshals were great, plentiful and enthusiastic.
The volume at the awards could have been higher - or maybe the speakers were not facing the front.
Overall, a great job; very professional.”
“The marshaling was great and all the support around the route.
- Maybe staggered race, 5km first and at end of that run the 10 km. The start area shouldn't be so narrow.
- some fun prices for competitors if sponsored in the future.
“Few of the water station was already empty during the second lap for 10Km. I had recieved a shirt that was a little bit large for me, xxl, m & l are already exhausted. It was a surprice when they are giving medals coz last year it was not there. The volunteers are awesome. They kept us going through out the race. The food after the race was great, very helpful during our recovery. Bib collection was organized really well. Overall, a fantastic job by the organizers. A request though, would it be possible if you could cut off a little bit on the race fee? Thanks a bunch for such an amazing organized race. Looking forward to next year.”
“Will do this race for sure again and I realy enjoyed the run.”
“Very good event, although a little expensive.. Everything else was excellent apart from the U Turn at and the different lanes at the finish... Please get rid of the U turn and the different lanes... Apart from that very good..”
“A great event. Worked brilliantly. This event should be on everyones calendar for the year. A great opener for the cooler season in Qatar. Great work at promoting a healthy outdoor lifestyle.”
“I had a lot of fun at the event. Every thing was perfect. Only thing where I would rate you less is the give aways. I did not find the correct size of shirt. Otherwise I liked the quality of giveaways etc.”
“The U shape at Starting and Finishig the race was horrible.
Please change this for future editions
“Very good! Well organised and so much fun. Will be doing the next one for sure ”
“Doha College really puts on a great party. It's great to come out and enjoy the run, the buzz, the crowd. It's all you hope for in terms of organisation, and the fantastic volunteers all along the course really keep you going. We have Doha College to thank for fuelling the running community here in Doha. Minor improvements might still be possible: figure out a way to take last minute registrations (even if untimed)? Is there a way to start the awards ceremony a little sooner? ”
“Add links with results !!”
“Friendly organisers, nice weather, course is good but...
Th wonky issue is the starting corridor which is way too narrow and the u-turn one has to take before reaching the finish line...
Keep it up!”
“The event was extremely well organised. The marshals were posted at regular intervals and were very supportive, cheering, clapping and providing water. The food at the end was excellent and the medal and t shirt were of a really good standard.
The overall experience was very positive and the atmosphere outside Doha Torch was amazing,”
“Overall, the race was very good. Just few points:
First, the arrival was not very clear, so I saw a lot of runners stop before the finish line, because they cross the portico and didn't know they still have to continue to run for another 100 meters.
Second, my GPS finish with 9,95 km. So for sure the race have less than 10 km, otherwise I suppose to have at least 10,1 km. If is possible, next time the race could be measured by AIMS.
Luckily, the weather was good. But in case of rain, I think the race could have some problems, because of that floor is very slippery when wet.
For positive points, have plenty of water available, the volunteers made a big difference and are very friendly during the hole course.
And I still have to thanks all you guys, because I made my PB on 10 km in this race.
“I really enjoyed it... it was nice to meet all these people and run altogether in one big event... Thank you ”
“Great job, see you next year!”
“Great atmosphere. Very well organised. Course a bit tough on the legs on the hard interlocking blocks. Bag and medal very nice, Tshirts came up very small. Breakfast lovely-scrambled eggs, baked beans and hot tea. Mmmmm. Results online very quickly. Would definitely do it again!”
“It was very well organized...I enjoyed it! ”
“I had a great run, and for the first time I was able to time my run perfectly. The event by so far the best I have been into. Everything was well coordinated from the registration, to the run and especially the after event. I feel like I am attending a socialization gathering where everyone had a great time.”
“Communication is wonderful. Super organized. Love having so many cheerful, positive volunteers. Would love to be able to run on something other than the cobblestone, but I'm sure that must be out of your control. Thanks for all the hard work and know that it is a highlight for us amateur runners! Thank you!
“I was surprised that we ran almost the whole thing on brick/road. I envisioned running on the Aspire Park cushioned pathways. I am sure there were good reasons (course simplicity/feasibility, I presume). Even so, I would run it again as is.”
“It would have been better to have the route e-mailed with the instructions rather than having to download it. Otherwise the map was good and made it clear what to expect”
“For my first 5km run/walk I thought it was fantastic! Well done and I'm already looking forward to the next DC event!”
“Fantastic atmosphere!!! Well organised!!! Thankyou! ”
“The run was overpriced compared to other runs of the same distance in Doha. Also t-shirts were very small-tiny infact- should have taken a XXL instead of a M! The medal is absolutely pointless-there is no need to give these at the end of races, only to the winner.
Overall the atmosphere was great-well done! ”
“Everything was excellent! Very nice organization!!! Only problem is the sleeves of the t-shirt are too small :(
Thank you again and again for every year of organization!!! ”
“Marshalls along the way were very supportive
Ladies toilet facilities were pretty bad - only four stalls - two of which were squatty potties
Overall though great experiences”
“Great run, very well organised, great volunteers and crowd support... Kudos to the organisers!”
“Very well organised race, good route, plenty of water, cheering stewards/supporters and a breakfast at the end! Both my husband and I were very pleased with the organisation, especially considering the usual disorganisation of events (not running) in Qatar. We will definitely do this race again. Only comment for improvement would be to have a list in alaphabetical order for running numbers not numerical as for those people who did not know their number it was difficult to find, thank you for putting on this race, please continue and keep up good work”
“I was very impressed with the smooth organisation of this event in its entirety. From online registration, regular updates on organisation for the day, the pre-race check in, the race itself and the fantastic support from the race side officials.
I will certainly do this event again.
“The race was a lot of fun. There were a lot of cheers and plenty of water. Lots of participants too. Registration was fast and easy, and the post race breakfast was superb.
My only suggestion would be to alter the race course to include a more natural setting. Go out into the park, around the lake, around the tennis courts, etc. There is definitely a ten k course through the park waiting to be realized.
Thanks for planning the event!”
“I always judge a run organization by how the last of the runners were handled throughout the event. I was one this time as a result of an earlier injury that prevented me from running. I have a renewed empathic sense of these participants again. Some volunteers left their posts, the route was not well marked as a result of no one there, marshaling into the finish line was absolutely zero, my size tshirt was unavailable because (the excuse was) people took what they wanted, the ceremony started before the end of the conclusion of the event and there were several more behind me who wouldn't have got any service. I wasn't aware of what it was like to be at the back of the pack before because I have not been in a similar injured predicament. I will be paying attention to how these "just as deserving" runners are provided the same amount of courtesy as their elite and middle of the pack runners. Remember folks...those who are at the back have paid for your services too...they are also back there for a very good reason. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the great communication updates and the volunteers who stuck around were fabulous...thank you. I will be paying attention next year. Thank you.”
“What an awesome morning. We'll done to Doha college. Well organized, amazing service, excellent breakfast. Thank You. ”
“Thanks a lot for organizing this event! ”
“Unable to get official timings - if available not clear how to get it
The hard work from the organizers paid off as it is definitely up to the high standard one would expect. ”
“Very well organised. Only suggestion for improvement would be to allow runners to use the park running track - much softer and easier on the legs and joints. Seems a shame to have a specially made track and have runners running on cobbles.”
“Great race today- the volunteers were incredibly supportive, enthusiastic and motivational. Very well organised and run, only improvement is having a station that would allow finished runners to check their official times after they have finished.”
“Start with different race time objectives would make the run more fluent at the beginning.”
I had a lovely time doing the 10km run today - event was very well organised and the weather was perfect for a good run. Thank you very much
“Congrats to all the support staff”
“Would be great to see all of the results at the venue and/or get the info about the great online service with all results on stuweb.co.uk (found this more by accident while searching results in Google after I got home). Overall a great event and very well organised! Thanks!”
“It is so nice to have a first class event right in our own back yard. Most local events are OK, but wouldn't rate as first class. It's nice not to have to travel to an event.”
“Brilliant well organised
Lots of good info pre race
Maybe get access to more toilets at registration ?
Another building or some portalooos?”
“Wouldn't change a thing! Thank you for organizing the event.”
“Well done....smooth and fun....super event! Helpers were enthusiastic and supportive. Refreshments and prizes were brill! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the event. Thank you for all your hard work in getting it all together...Well done!”
“Drop the price to Dhs150 (it's a bit much for a 5km/10km event), start the race 30 minutes earlier at 06h30 (it was too hot at the end), have a better PA system so that all can hear the prize giving ceremony, and provide a race time clock. Otherwise a top class event - well done!!!!”
“I had a really good time. It was my very first competition run ever! But now I am very disappointed that my time doesn't appear. Very disappointing! ”
“Wonderful volunteers and well run. ”
“The course was great, except running on the brick roadway was very hard on my knees. ”
“Well organized....nice to get a cooked breakfast at the end. Well done”
“Fun day for all the family with lots of happy smiling people around. Well done to the organizers.”
“It was very well organized...the only thing I'd like to say is that at the 8k mark the water station had run out of water. Other than that it was a perfect day! thanks!!”
“It is nice and organised event,I would like to thank all organizers and participatents ”
“Great event. Well done. Look forward to next year!”
“If you want a race that is well organised, well marshalled and signed and completely welcoming, then the Doha College 10km is the race for you. This is an event for everyone where everyone's running is celebrated and everyone is welcome. It is a model for all organisers!”
“Try to make the finishing chute straight instead of the tight turn right before the end. Also try to make the 5k U-turn wider instead of the tight turn. Otherwise, excellent.”
“Superb organisation, lovely atmosphere and breakfast - can't wait 'til next year”