Dubai Desert Road Run 10km & 3km February 2016

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Average Rating: 7.6
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7.8
I would take part again
9.3 Enjoyable event. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organised - a good size of event too.”

9.1 Love this event! Keep up the good work! Diane Corbett · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“I'm suprised about the negative feedback! This is a well organised smaller event with a lovely atmosphere. Dean and his team manage communication well. The new medal is great. This is a great event for anyone that wants a 10k time trial and is considerably cheaper than bigger, less well organised runs. Having an event like this in the calendar is great - you turn up, you run, no stress! Brilliant! Thanks Dean, and team!”

6.6 Good run and people · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Liked the different categories. Would be nice to run on a softer ground? ”

8.4 Enjoyable event. Debby Plumpton · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“I always enjoy this event, many thanks to Dean and all the organisers and volunteers. It may be a bit more expensive now but the medal is much nicer and, as usual, the trophies are great and appreciated. Timings on the facebook page aren't ideal, I think some people don't know where to find them, and possibly a professional photography company with an option to buy photos might be good. Other than that, despite living in Abu Dhabi now, I will be back.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. We keep the photos free as most prefer that, feedback we have from people is that whilst they like photos, they don't want to pay another 30dhs per image or so for the privilege, as a number of other events that offer photo download do. It is always a balance between free and cost, as I'm sure you understand.”

8.9 Fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning Jayesh Patel · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 23.02.2016

“I'm a slow plodder ad use these runs to experience the race and have a great laugh I'm N my view they are fantastically organised with a few welcome hiccups - professions yet lighthearted - will definititley continue to do ”

8.4 Well run local event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic age group trophies ”

8.0 Nice event, well organized Dina Al Tayeb · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
6.6 Overall it was a decent event. Girish Mahajan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“The location was good with sufficient parking space. The registration fees is very high as compared to other events in the same category. The race started on time, however prize distribution started 30-40 mins late which was a bit frustrating. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“The trophy presentation started on time, at 9.15am, as stated in all communications to all participants prior to the event. To start any earlier is unfeasible, as the 10km was still 'racing' until 9.05am.”

6.1 It was an average showing · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Course and coordination were sufficiently planned, but nothing beyond that. Pros: enough water and water stations, well marked course. Cons: no warm up, little in the way of atmosphere, days after the race now and still no official timing results.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Official race timing was posted on the DDRR Facebook page on the day of the race and subsequently on the www.dubairunning.com website. This was communicated to all runners prior to the race on the final instructions email.”

9.3 Fun run in the fog · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“2014 Feb DDRR was foggy 2015 Feb DDRR was sand storm 2016 Feb DDRR was foggy again See you in 2017”

10.0 Apart from the fog I really enjoyed the event Paul Coates · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I will definitely try this event again. NIce people and well organized.”

10.0 Really enjoyable run · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Enjoyable run, very flat an fast and organised well. Not to many people either. I prefer runs that are limited to hundreds instead of thousands.”

6.4 Good, but room for improvement Kelly Wilson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Registration, pre race communication and bib collection on the morning were all excellent! It was really foggy the morning of the run and I loved running in those conditions! The course was pretty simple, 2 laps of a 5km loop. Unfortunately there was no t-shirt, and no food or sports drinks provided to the runners as they finished. It's 3 days after the event and the results have not been published. This event is cheaper than most, but I wouldn't say it's better value. Improvements can be made”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“The DDRR are unable to provide participants with food or sports drinks due to the F&B regulations at the venue. Additionally, the DDRR website clearly states that we do not offer t-shirts to participants. Official race timing was posted on the DDRR Facebook page on the day of the race and subsequently on the www.dubairunning.com website. This was communicated to all runners prior to the race on the final instructions email.”

9.5 Very nice run.... Paul Barrera · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Will definitely run again in this event...”

7.5 No results published yet!!! Pierre Chraim · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Official race timing was posted on the DDRR Facebook page on the day of the race and subsequently on the www.dubairunning.com website. This was communicated to all runners prior to the race on the final instructions email.”

8.6 As always a very simple and enjoyable event. Daniel Smith · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“A big THANK YOU to all the event organisers and of course the volunteers. It has come a long way and is improving with every race. Really enjoy this simple and hassle free event and the weather always creates its own challenges. Thanks once again and look forward to the next 1. ”

7.0 Is getting better, still things can be improved · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Good atmosphere, organization has improved over the years. Timing service is ok, but the results are published in a format that cannot be sorted, filtered, etc. It will be great to add a field for TEAM. Support stations with water in a plastic cup doesn't work when running fast. Little bottles would be appreciated for faster runners. The presenter in the award ceremony was funny and knew most runners. Course can improve as area has many other options. GOOD VALUE for MONEY”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. We are working on producing results in a more friendly format, which should be produced in time for the April run. The issue with plastic cups over bottles is preference - some people prefer one, some the other. A case of not being able to please all the people all the time! We feel that cups offer the least waste option. We would be welcome for suggestions on course improvements, bearing in mind we always have to work within constraints of the venue and traffic flow.”

7.0 10 K race Jay Krishna · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“It was fun. Medal needs to improve..”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“We are surprised you are unhappy with the medal. For this season's run we have gone to great expense and extent to produce a custom medal for each run distance and date. Perhaps you could email us with suggestions for improvement?”

7.0 Its fine and good experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“They should hav better communication facility and certificates should be given .”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Perhaps you could email us with details on where you consider improvements on communications are required. We do not provide certificates as a choice, this is clearly indicated on the DDRR website and the Premier Online booking page.”

6.6 A low profile event that can get a lot better Chandrasekar Venkatesan · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“Considering it is a low profile race, lots of positives. However, with a bit more of manpower support, more can be done. Like the medal and trophy giveaways - it makes everyone feel better - can mention the timing as well. Having gone thru' high profile events, DDRR is so easy - just go on race day, pick your bib, run and be back. If only the race timing and photo services can be better (The photographer at the finish had one hand in his pocket & taking snaps like he was faking)!!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. Perhaps you could email us to elaborate where you feel more could be done. ”

7.3 Average preperation Daniel Mugamba · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“Organizers can still do better.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Perhaps you could provide us with email feedback for improvements?”

9.5 Well organized event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Photo download and chip time shall be uploaded asap. No information even after 24 hrs.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Official race timing was posted on the DDRR Facebook page (as well as race photos) on the day of the race and subsequently on the www.dubairunning.com website. This was communicated to all runners prior to the race on the final instructions email. ”

6.6 Enjoyed the event, well organised Annabelle Morris · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Enjoyed the event, well organised”

6.4 Very good race, but can surely improve · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Nice race in the desert surroundings but missing a bit of glamour which I guess will come up eventually. Happy to see so many enthusiastic runners all through.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. The DDRR has been designed as a 'raw' event for runners. Particularly with the desert surroundings and location, the weather can play havoc with setup, so this is deliberately kept to a minimum, which understandably means little in the way of glamour.”

9.1 Great no-fuss run, just small improvements needed Stuart Ramsay · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A clean, traffic free course. Good support stations, good signage. Only comment would be that as my first time running this event it wasn't made clear where to deposit the timing tags at the finish line. I saw plenty people just walking off with them because they didn't know where to put them. I left mine on an empty registration table. Had a good run. It's simple and hassle free, which is a positive. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. We do make regular announcements during the race for race tag deposits, but from the next race we shall have a clearly indicated box on the medal table, which will be moved to the trophy table after the race.”

9.1 Another good 10km!! Daniel Gatfield · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“I enjoy this 10km. It is well organized and great value for money. Looking forward to next time!!”

7.7 Had a great morning thank you Elizabeth Driver · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
8.4 A friendly event to meet other run enthusiaist. Tenhock Lim · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“I would suggest that a shuttle service or voluntary car pool to the nearest public transport station to encourage all participant to stay back for the presentation ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. For a small event, a shuttle service would provide significant extra unjustifiable costs which would then be spread amongst all participants, but only utilised by a few. For those that seek to car pool, we welcome participants to post on the Facebook page prior to each event - something that we will highlight on pre-event communications from the race in April”

9.3 Good race to compare yourself with others · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.0 Set a personal best time! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
7.0 Good event and organisation · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Timing for 3k not precise. Track longer than 3k. No clear markings where is the finish line.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“The 3k was tracked as accurate. Please bear in mind if you were comparing this with your GPS device, these can have a variance of 10% on distance - particularly in the fog conditions of last weekends run. The finish line was indicated by a fluorescent yellow and black line, which was immediately next to a 2.2mtr x 1mtr banner, which read 'FINISH'.”

6.8 Good run, struggles against other similar events Colin Greenwood · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Always a good run, the fog today actually helped me by keeping the morning sun away! Plenty of drink station opportunities. I didn't receive any info regarding timings, I had to look on Facebook, and my timing on the list was from the race start not from when I actually crossed the start line. The medal is one of the nicer ones. A sponsor goodie bag at the finish (snacks, etc.) would be nice in lieu of a shirt souvenir.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Official race timing was posted on the DDRR Facebook page on the day of the race and subsequently on the www.dubairunning.com website. This was communicated to all runners prior to the race on the final instructions email. Unfortunately the DDRR are unable to provide participants with food or sports drinks due to the F&B regulations at the venue. ”

6.1 Fairly good but had better Mohamed Kazim · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Comparing it to another event I in is that the other event was a bit cheaper, there were better give aways ( shirts+ bigger medals) than this event. But still this one okay ”

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

“A great run. However I did not appreciate when I finished the course to.be shouted at by one of the men taking everyone's bib numbers down manually. He could not see the last digit from by bib and shouted at me. Disgusting behaviour. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. We ask all runners (including on pre race communications) to wear their race number where it can be seen at all times, especially at the finish line. Yes we had to shout, as you ignored the previous 3 requests to show your race number. This isn't disgusting, it is due diligence to ensure we provide you with an accurate finish time.”

9.5 Fun run in the fog · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organised event with good signage. Clear instructions at the start of the race.”

2.5 Timings are most important, I dont know my timing! Subramanian Krishnamoorthy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
Edited on 20.02.2016

“First time I am participating. I did X min and X seconds according to my mobile Nike plus. No timing of my running has been mentioned anywhere. What is the use of participating in such events. We join this to get inspiration. If my timing is intimated to me, it would be better.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 20.02.2016
“Times are available on the Dubai Desert Road Run facebook page.”

6.6 Great atmosphere!! But too expensive!!! Mauricio Madruga · Participation 5 times I would take part again Maybe
Edited on 20.02.2016

“The course is perfect! The marshalling and the signs on the road as well!! Great atmosphere!! But it just became too expensive for the type of event! It seems that common/social runners are only paying for the prices that are distributed at the end! ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments. We agree that unfortunately even social runs are becoming more and more expensive. But these costs are as a direct result of the ever increasing costs we have for venue, staffing, ancillaries, medals, trophies, timing, etc etc. Prizes are a small percentage of the overall event cost.”

8.2 Excellent Event Daniel Rodgers · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I very much enjoyed this event especially as it allows multiple opportunities for individual trophies and improvement, we definitely attend future races.”

10.0 Excellent run as usual Ludek Trdlica · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“I love DDRR it is the best run.”

10.0 Excellent! · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Very well run. Excellent race.”

10.0  · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I want to try it again”

9.5 Friendly Stuart Bain · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“All good as usual, love running in the fog ”

6.4 Good Race Overall but not value for money Ismail Vandeliwala · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“The race was a good run overall in terms of the location, the climate and the time. Event was organized well, though the main let down was there were no nourishments provided by the organizers after the event accept the water. In all other races that I have participated there has always been a complimentary bag with nourishments in it . Would have also liked an instant access to my race time Hope you look in to that.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.02.2016
“Unfortunately, the DDRR are unable to provide participants with food or sports drinks due to the F&B regulations at the venue. Race times were posted on the day, instant access to race times would create unnecessary layers of cost to the event.”

6.6 Good morning race thanks · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
4.5 Poor Organization Rossini Nunes Gomes · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“In my opinion this event could be better organized in terms of timing tag, course and giveaways!! For instance, I just checked my race result according to the tag I was given and all the information posted on the website is incorrect. It says I finished in 45.42 min and my bib number was 116, however, I actually finished in 44.48 and my number is 177! No difference at all, right?? A friend of mine who ran with me doesn't even has his name on the results list! What a joke, really bad organization”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 20.02.2016
“Mr Gomez, Did you actually check that you were looking at the correct results, not a previous Dubai Desert Road Run results (which you obviously were)?”

8.0 Good relaxed morning run Caroline Labouchere · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“All good. ”

8.0 Good start · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

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