Dubai Desert Road Run Summer Scorcher June 2013
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34 people have rated this event.
“Run was okay. Bit of strange start similar to school sports day. Water should not be so cold and first station wasnt ready. Race results never appeared in the end”
“As my wife and I were in Dubai on a work assignment we saw the opportunity to take part in a race while there, firstly any running is great but the travel so far out of town for a race without much to look at in terms of scenery was a bit disappointing, as well as the issue of timing... we were issued paper tags for our shoes but nothing was recorded or made available on any website? Like I said we're happy to get km's in anywhere though ”
“Nice fun race around a fast course. Friendly atmosphere, easy access and plenty of parking.
Overall good but let down by a lack of race results. No communication from the race organisers and no explanation as to why the lack of results. Thankfully I used a Garmin, but the majority of runners were relying on the timing system.”
“The organizers are enthusiastic, but everybody is wondering WHERE ARE THE RESULTS?
The venue is OK, fast circuit, it can be improved (some 180º turns)
Water stations should have been better as it was very hot.
It is difficult to drink from small plastic cups when you are on the go!
“Glad they sorted the course for the June run. Can't beat an easy, cheap, flat run to do on a Friday morning. Looking forward to the weather cooling and starting again after the summer. Only gripe, takes too long for you to put the scores up on your website.”
“Its almost a week after the race nd still no race results were posted. Not even one word from organizers re: its status or why its not posted.”
“Once again getting results out timely is a big let down. Nothing issued to facebook page, nothing on Dubai Running page, nothing on premier marathon event page. The method of putting results out is poor (by photo) and prevents runners from using this event in such systems as runbritain.co.uk.
All other events in UAE have issued results within maximum of 2 days, even those that have done it via manual timing process!
“Runs are always fun and this one was fun as well, but the event coordination was not so good:
1. First water station was not prepared to receive all the runners
2. Route km markers were not very visible
3. Results have not been posted (and today is Tuesday)
4. Still unsure where exactly I had to stop running, before or after the table
5. Personally I don’t like races with 2 laps, course can be more exiting, maybe through the desert”
“Everything was fine, the only negative comment is that the results were not posted within 24 hours as it was said before, ans still not posted at this moment 56 hours after the race.
Anyway is just a detail, to improve. In general the event is more than awesome!”
“Thanks as usual to all the volunteers who make this possible. It was a hot and humid morning and great to see so many crazy people out to enjoy it.
Looking forward to the next seasons races already.
Have a great summer everyone. x ”
“The event in total is fine, however it would be more exciting if there were photos being taken for runners before, during and after the event.
Moreover, the results should be shared to the participants in a timely manner. After all, this is all what we are waiting for.”
“Still waiting for my time and unsure where to find it”
“Undoubtedly better preparation this time regarding the start and finish and medal distribution. Also, better attitude. however, still the same uninspiring race track. The major issue remains not having enough water stations along the track. Even though the description on this website talks about 6 water stations. There were only half of that. I'm sure most of us would have brought our own water supply had we known this. I just find it irresponsible especially with this heat. A big thanks to the water stations support who tried their best to help us. All in all, a great group of athletes. I can only hope that you are not late in posting the results and pictures. By the way, no pictures till now from the previous event in April!!”
“I think in fairness there needs to be a 'not applicable' selection in the rankings, as there is no need for event pack delivery, nor is this event about giveaways. Anyway, the event was fine, and seemed to have recovered from the glitches of the previous running. All procedures seemed to be smooth and efficient. Boy my word, it was humid out there! Probably a wise idea to have dropped the proposed August running.”
“Water stations where not probably manned... Race marks were also not very visible and clear.”
“Distance Markers written by hand and not very clear..should be huge.
COurse is very bad....participants gets to finish line when half of the distance is reached then again to back the same route and back again to the finish.”
“Great run, hardly anything to complain about. Just the last corner before the finish wasn't properly marked. I will come again. ”
“Great experience, 1st time ever participating in any sort of run. Couldn't have asked for anything more.”
“Love this series and the fact that someone is putting on races during the warmer months.
We still don't have the results though - 12 hours after finishing, and the first water station wasn't that well manned.
They are minor complaints though - delighted to be able to take part in out of season 10ks and will continue to support it. Well done to all concerned.”
“Could have had more support stations during the run since its was hot and humid.
More support staffs could have been there through out the course .”
“This is an excellent event with a really dedicated following. Keep up the good work Dean and look forward to the next one.”
“Initial email correspondence put the race pack collection at the same time as the race start. (6am) I did try phoning and emailing the relevant contact details to check, as I knew it couldn't be right, but to no avail. This info did come through on a later email (5am), but for people staying overnight in a hotel etc, this info is crucial for planning journey times etc. Otherwise, great in every way.”
“Thank you for organizing this nice race !
It was a bit hot though...
Would be much nicer earlier in the year. That would allow a Personal Best time.”
“Well organised event. At 36 degrees centigrade and 75% humidity this is an energy draining event and definitely a Summer Scorcher. Glad it's over but would happily repeat.”
“It was wonderful to see so many people at such an early hour. Runners seem to be a very nice bunch. Really good idea and great organisation.”
“First time at a running event and very well organised. Easy to follow instructions and great atmosphere. Thank you.”