Hatta Hills Running Festival 2016
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38 people have rated this event.
“Loved the race overall. Very well organised. Loved the change of course from my usual flat course running. Looking forward to running the half marathon distance next year..! ”
“Great race. I am not sure about the initial route as it was changed due to the heavy rains a couple of days before. Organizers did everything great and smooth despite all the last minute changes. Beautiful scenery, definitely recommend! ”
“A great course and good pre race communication. The only drawback is reaching the venue cause of road closures and fog which delayed my arrival. I must appreciate the organisers for getting back to me for post race queries on their chip timing service. ”
“The t-shirt was not distributed properly according to our sizes. My daughter she didnt received the t-shirt since it was out of stock.”
“The only disappointing thing was the breakfast afterwards. It was pretty terrible, but because I heard there was breakfast I didn't book it with my room at the hotel. In the future would be good to know that it is just a cold breakfast with pastries. Then would know to book a proper breakfast”
“Beautiful tough run, friendly welcoming crowd, great organisation - hat off to Warren and Anne for putting everything in place. Breakfast was a great added bonus. ”
“Martials is not enough . No encouragement from organizers .. So boring..there should be some upliftment sounds and a speaker to encourage the runners ”
“Well done to the organisers for a great first time event. There were a few teething problems, largely caused by unexpected rain the night before, but they did a good job to alter the course to not be affected by rain. Marshals got things a bit wrong for some runners but thankfully I was not affected by that.
Very tough run but thoroughly enjoyed it - looking forward to doing it again to see if I can better my time!”
“Nice course and a challenging run ”
“Nice and scenic course, however with so many twists and turns (even more due to last minute route changes due to weather) it was difficult to keep track on runners and give them correct directions. I would still prefer route option 1 over generator hill, it is not more severe than having to climb the Hatta dam a few times. Logistically it would also be much easier with an out/in route. Hope race is moved to route option 1 next year..will for sure be back then!”
“Very good value fort he money, beautiful place for running, one of the best event I have attended :)”
“A nice event with great scenery. ”
“Great venue and course, and a change of scenery from flat Dubai. The course has a couple of very challenging steep uphills and downhills that really test your legs. Very well organized and very well supported by police and the local municipality. Loved the morning and was well worth the drive in fog from Dubai. Highly recommended.”
“Considering the last minute changes due to the rains, everything was well organized The parking was super easy and close to start so easy to leave things in the car. Bathrooms were clean and literally just meters away from the start/finish, nice they had showers there also. Breakfast would have been better as a take-what-you-want as I saw a lot of wasted food, seems most just ate the 'healthy' boiled egg and banana and the rest went to garbage. Friendly atmosphere with tough 2 climbs!!”
“Great route, which would have been even better, if we had access to the Wadi. Bit of a mix up, due to urgent changes to route. However, if people just listen and observe, problems would not have occurred. We all saw the 14km marker on the way to the first dam. That should have told you to come back on that track, after the second dam.
Even with the mix-up, it was enjoyable.
Maybe an earlier start? Got hot towards the end.”
“Excellent event organization and fantastic support from local authorities! Safe and enjoyable course. ”
“It was an excellent race - course, support. Good to be here once a year.
The breakfast section was disappointing with so much of wastage . Could have asked people to pickup how much they want rather than give that box .
Overall enjoyed it.”
“1) I expected the course in the hill like 5k course, which might be more exciting.
2) I like to have a look of my record on line, which is not available at the moment.
3) I like to look at my photo during the race, which is not available at the moment.”
“Loved the run it was lovely. The scenery was breathtaking and the crowd was nice. Although the marshals were friendly they lacked that needed interaction. But all in all a great event”
“A good course, and well managed event especially considering the last minute changes due to the rains, and hope it gets better. Route signs or directions were almost non existent, but I imagine this maybe due to the last minute changes in route. ”
“Also love hiking in this area, pity have to travel far around to get to Hatta. (no E44).”
“Thanks very much to all the team, i enjoyed it a lot.
Next time: clear indication on site for the parking at 06:00 am, little confusion for direction on which road to take around the dam. Everything else:Perfct. Thanks again”
“Great event in a fantastic location the course is tough but that's what makes it good. Nice to forget about PB's and boring flat roads. Only hiccup was the marshalling for the leaders but the decision at the end was very amicable. I really hope this event becomes a regular fixture it will only grow.”
“Great event, a tricky course and great to do something different. See you next year!!”
“Well run event from my perspective. Look forward to returning next year. ”
“Great course, very different from other races. Well organized despite the last minute changes forced by the rain. Bit of a hiccup with marshaling the lead runners because of the changes but was agreeably sorted. Good location and facilities at the start. Very enjoyable tough run. Going to feel the legs tomorrow!”
“Overall excellent event, only improvement area would be a decent breakfast - we need scrambled eggs, toast, fruits etc. next time please - also proper coffee ! Well done to all will definitely be back.”
“The event was good but there where no enough organizers to ask them about the needed information.
Edited on 12.03.2016
“Fair judgment for price 21k 3rd place. Ample space with all facilities. Organizers all of them were sincere to the job and all with a smiling face most Imp.”
“A great place for a running festival and I hope it continues. The course was excellent and the organisers coped pretty well with last minute changes caused by the storms/flooding. Really pleased that their were different distances so that children could also take part. The medal could have been better and the T-shirts ran out, but otherwise an impressive achievement considering it was the first event for Hatta. :)”