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Event Rating Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon
Dec 08
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Average Rating: 9.3
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Overall Rating
9.6
I would take part again
9.0 Great event, very well organized, scenic route Farhan Kafil · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 A fantastic event, thank you · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
9.8 a great event · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Brilliant event! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Amazing event with excellent support · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Favorite Half Marathon · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Thanks again for an amazing race!”

9.4 Nice half marathon Fabien Viala · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe
9.6 Best of the Best · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Best Event in UAE ”

10.0 Great Event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“One of the best - possibly the best - half marathons - great event all round!”

10.0 The event not be missed every year! Good job DCS! Joseph Khater · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Simply perfect end to end. From the registration to the pack collection and communications. The course is truly unique since it goes around old Dubai, wonderful scenes in the early morning. Thank you to all the marshals and support stations. Great event giveaways and unique medal. Photo service was free which is nice! Overall value for money, totally worth it, which included a delicious buffet breakfast and a generous goody bag! Highly recommended for all types of runners.”

10.0 it was just great experience Amr Al Wakil · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.8 Best half marathon in the UAE Maria Hurter · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Thank you for another great organised event. Thank you for an amazing goody bag, one of the best ever received, definitley feel like you are getting your moneys worth. Also great race village and breakfast. ”

9.4 Fantastic event Ram Sadhvani · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Perfect organisation. Can you get weather again next time?”

10.0 Well organised event Subha Datta Chowdhury · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
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“This was an event that the whole family enjoyed, not even a moment of boredom. Glad to take part, looking forward to next year. See you later.”

8.8 Very nice organisation, terrible course. · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“Please consider either changing the course or securing it better. The first half was great, but the second half is just terrible. Running on narrow sidewalks with full traffic on the road is just not what a race should look like. For a several thousand participant road race in a city, the roads should be closed IMO (as it is in most city races I participated in). Running through a construction site wasn't exactly living up to 'the world's most beautiful half marathon' either. The rest was great.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 12.12.2017
“Thank you for your comments, I understand and recognize your comments, This is the 16th running of the event and we have always had to work around the continuous construction in Dubai. We anticipate that this year will be the last year that the construction from Shindagha Tunnel to the 18k mark will be in place. As for closing the roads We have had many meetings with the Police and the RTA but they have refused us permission. This is why we had over 100 marshals on course. ”

8.3 Very nice event. Ramesh Singh · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Photograph service was poor. You better set up automatic photo stations at different places. There were very few photographers. And they were not engaged fully in their job. Otherwise, it is an excellent event. The breakfast simply was outstanding. the marshal at starting line up asking people to line up according to the colour of the BIB should be given a hand held sound amplifier. He was shouting as best as he could but was not audible enough.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 12.12.2017
“Thank you for your feed back, Can you please detail why you thought that the photographers where not engaged in there job. They took over 13,000 pictures by the end of the event and had emailed 8000 pictures out by 10:30am. Also bare in mind that the photographs are free to the runners. Unlike most events, we do not charge. Can you please advise if you have received your pictures? If not. Please call me on 0526838444, we will try and sort the issue out. Regards Neil Goulsbra Race Director”

9.8 Perfect organization, best event in region · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Most organized and fun event in Dubai! Sana Sayed · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Beautiful track, wonderful support stations (sponges are the best!), and smiling faces greet you every step of the way. This event is very well sponsored. It's honestly the best registered race I've attended. ”

9.4 Fabulous Event Humayun Aslam · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Congratulation to DCS Team for bringing once again a fabulous and great opportunity for UAE Community to take part as usual!”

9.8 Excellent Event Mike Buckley · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Brilliant organization. Great breakfast. Great location and course ”

9.4 Excellent organized race Pearse Walpole · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Bonza! Tom Hewitt · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Can't fault this race at all, my favourite on the UAE racing calender year after year! Top marks to Neil and team ”

8.5 Very good event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.6 Best run in Dubai Bruno Henrion · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Perfect : - nice landscape - excellent organization - plenty of goodies - excellent breakfast WELL DONE !”

10.0 Best race in UAE! Ellen Pavlovic · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“From the start of the race to the very end, the DCS 1/2 marathon was full of support and care and brilliantly organized. Marshalls were excellent, information was all easy to find, everything was accessible, and with the weather being absolutely perfect, the race was magical! Thank you DCS for an AMAZING run!!!!! ”

10.0 Best race in the UAE Pacome Sordoillet · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Best race in term of organization and best race course! Hands up to all the team. Bravo.”

10.0 Great Run Kamal Soubra · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Great Run. The ambiance is just genuine. The organizers are just wonderful. Thank you sooooo much.”

10.0 Loved it ! best run in the season! Isabell Boersing · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.2 amazing event · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 A Great Race Daniel Gatfield · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“A very well organised event. Looking forward to next year.”

10.0 Great experience Roman Konovalov · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed this race. The only suggestion I have is to put km signes for 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 km. That might be more encouraging :)”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good Afternoon Roman, I did :-) I put them out at between 3 and 4am. Except for 21K we do not have a 21K sign, It can be done though. Please let me look into this. ”

10.0 A classic! · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
8.3 well organised and good support. Gulam Falahuddin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first half-marathon and found it is well organised and great support at each sub stations where every one is very enthusiastic and cheering , track is well mark but lot of running on pavement which was not smooth. ”

9.8 Must register event Aalok Pandey · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“My favorite event to run in dubai ”

10.0 Excellent Event Jonathan Moore · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“One area to improve - bag collection for the masses was very poor. I had to wait in line for 40 minutes post race to collect.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good morning Jonathan, Thank you for your feed back I have been made aware of and witnessed the ques for the bag bag drop. I am working on a solution for next year. One of the main constraints is the physical space we are allocated by the venue. Hopefully you will see improvements next year. ”

9.6 Just brilliant !!! David Gau · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.2 Tough course with great marshals. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The marshals and volunteers are amazing! Like many others in the blue pen, I had to fight a way through those in the green pen at the first pinch point. ”

10.0 Another great Creek Half Marathon · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.8 Brilliantly organised, beautiful route,!i · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Just reat! Louis Zsivolecz · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Everything is just great about this event. Maybe just some additional port-a-lets would ease many contestants waiting times.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon Louis, We did have issues with the toilets this year for which I apoligise We are constrained by the area the venue allows us. If we can find a better way of doing the toilets next year then we will. ”

9.8 Best Half Marathon in the city · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Outstanding event...”

9.6 DCS is a must Run! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall experience is superb! 3F volunteers who have been cheering all their heart out was a big help for all the runners. Everyone enjoyed. Thank u so much for this wonderful event”

9.6 Great Experience Christian Earle Rosario · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“You can improve in baggage counters. Finish line, runners shouldn't be in full stop. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon Christian, We are conscious of runners who stop as soon as they cross the finish line and we do our best to keep them moving. Unfortunately some do runners require attention on the line and this can cause a bottle neck. We are also looking at baggage hand out after the event. ”

10.0 Extremely well organized event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The event was just mind blowing. Everything was very well managed from start to end. Hats off to the organizers and the Marshals. ”

10.0 One of the best half marathons I've ever run :) · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This race was awesome, organisation flawless, route good & well signposted, loads of marshals, everyone really friendly, pretty epic post race breakfast. ”

9.6 Fantastic race - the best in Dubai · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic organisation, route and atmosphere. If I only did one race a year, it would be this one. ”

10.0 Great race event ever · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Every year is were just amazing! Well done Dubai Creek Striders organizers and volunteers.”

9.4 Excellent event and great marshalls Martin Kaalund · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“In my view the event would be even better if proper changing facilities were made available at the start/finish area.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon Martin. I appreciate your comments. We are restricted by the size of the venue and as such providing changing facilities is difficult. You are allowed to use the facilities at the golf club as long as you take your own towel. ”

10.0 second time even better than the first! Ramy Mohy El Dine · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Praise to everyone involved the organization! the enthusiasm of the marshals! all together a great atmosphere!”

9.4 Excellant race · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Fantastic event with great organisation. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I would highly recommend this event to all. No complaints or comments other than the course/route itself - highly congested and narrow start to the race followed by lots of tight turns and narrow areas along bridges and footpaths making it hard to pass other runners and run at a consistent pace. Aside from that, a great event with excellent management and organisation. ”

10.0 Brilliant as ever Simon Putt · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Excellent in every respect....this year with the added bonus of excellent weather for running. Well done and thanks to all those involved in setting it up.”

9.0 Great Event and superbly organised · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“Great even and a lot of hard work has gone in to get this off the ground . The start was a touch out of sync but other than that fantastic. It's a pretty challenging course and you do have to watch your footing at all times . Fair play to the guys who post good times in this race.”

9.8 very well organized event Dominique Aumont · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great event in a beautifull place · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Well organized event · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Well organised · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“More signed needed for directions around the village to toilets, bag drop etc..”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Thank you for your comments, I am already working on a solution to this problem. Thank you for the positive feed back. ”

9.6 Great event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I really enjoyed the event. The route was well marshaled and water and drinks were supplied all along the route. ”

8.3 Great organisation and support on the day Steve Burrows · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Overall, a huge thank you and virtual high five to the organisers, marshals and volunteers. You were all awesome. Only feedback I can give is re. the course (and it's an FYI for future runners rather than a complaint). It is tough if you're looking for a fast time. Lots of kerbs to jump up and down, some stretches of sandy paths, loads of tight u-turns and 90 degree turns throughout, some tight, busy stretches (pedestrians, traffic, etc). Makes keeping a consistent pace challenging. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon Steve, Thank you for your comments. We are facing constant challenges with road works on the route especially from the exit of Shindagha Tunnel through to the finish (Until 2 weeks ago we did not have access to Al Maktoum Bridge) We are quietly confident that from 13K to the finish will be a whole new experience next year, Not promising any faster, but hopefully nicer. ”

9.0 Nil Alberto Valentini · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Awesome race well organised Kathleen Leguin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great marshaling and support from volunteers Beautiful course along the creek and through the old souk Breakfast was the best part of the event ;) The only small negative point is that as I never raced any road races over 10km I was in the blue Group and I had to overtake the slow runners from the green Group as I reached the 1st bridge where the running path was narrow. It was difficult especially that some slow runners would not even move and let us pass. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Thank you for your feed back Kathleen, We are aware of faster runners being in the slower group. Thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you next year (In a seeded group) ”

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

“Very nice course . Well organised and lots if stations while tour running ”

7.1 Run was grand! Jacqueline Sydow · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Not enough toilets - no portaloos on the course and only one official toilet stop at 11.5 km! Poor show...the Q’s before the race start rediculous and then nothing along the course at least place 2 or 3 tportaloos at the drink stops!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon Jacqueline, Thank you for your feed back, We are not allowed to put portaloos on the route I would love to do this. As for the toilets on site we are restricted by the physical area we have for facilities. ”

9.8 Well organized, the best! Vilma Sulat Curato · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.8 Awesome as always · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“This is the best run race you could ever want to do, from registering, to the communications, awesome goody bag (more like a suitcase of treats), to the race village, actual race and the famous post run breakfast. It's a must for any runner.”

10.0 Best Half Marathon in UAE Abishek Nair · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Been to almost all the Runs/Marathons in UAE and without doubt the Creekstriders Half is definitely the best one out there. The event Giveaways and the Race village was fantastic. A perfect 10 on 10. Looking forward to the next the next one already.”

8.1 Definitely do it again! Irine Calago · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Had a problem with the extra breakfast ticket as It was not Provided to me upon the pick up of the kit. Had to go through my sms bank transaction and to my premier online account to show that I have actually paid for it. Eventually, my partner have been let in after 20mins. Breakfast was served cold and has limited selection. ”

9.6 It was my first half marathon and I loved it Rakhee Sekhar · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.5 Perfect route track, well managed and wonderful b. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.6 Great day Mukund Srinivasan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Superb first HM”

10.0 The best half in the world! Mark Lewis · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
9.4 Excellent :) Russell Short · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Beautiful race course; extremely well organised · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Loved the event. Lots of PB's. Would definitely do it again.”

9.8 Worlds beautiful half marathon · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes
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10.0 Marvelous event Mohamed Al Marzooqi · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
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“As usual well organized event, and the route is beautiful.”

9.8 One of the Best events in UAE - THANK YOU! · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event, hard work pays off and hats off to DCS for putting together a superb event. Only comment for improvement is the water/drink stations should be located away from the creek and in a more eco-friendly way. Some bottles ended up floating in the creek and many thrown away after a sip (wasting all content and plastic) Also distance was 21.3 we understand it was because of construction. ”

8.1 Great race · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 so good but a little regret Jiahao Tan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Just can you get it more time for the buffet? I bought two ticket of buffet for my friend, but they were in Hello kitty Run, When they reach the QD, the buffet was finished”

9.6 Again, superb, very well organised, enjoyable run Dean Jackson · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“This is a great event. The organization and volunteers are superb. Extremely enjoyable half marathon. The only gripe I have is the location of the Dubai bag pick up - Spinneys on Beach road, for me it is a pain of a journey but I guess others it is nearer and convenient. Will be entering for 2018. Thank you to all organizers who make the event possible.”

10.0 Hats off to organizers and volunteers! Khawar Siddique · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“I must say this was the best day in the history of my running. Everything about this event was perfect. Keep up the good work, organizers and volunteers!”

8.5 Great fun event Martin Selley · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall a brilliant event, many thanks to the 2:15 Pacers, they got me round in 2:14 & a bit...”

10.0 thank you to all the volunteers Christopher Collier · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“A grand day out. 2017 PB to boot! But 16 years & I still didn't see the 1km marker! Thank you Dubai.”

10.0 What a great event to be part of!!! Chandrasekar Venkatesan · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“As always, great event, wonderful organisation, amazing commitment from the organisers, exciting atmosphere at the start and finish, array of goodies in the bag, finish line giveaways, prompt service across all aspects of the race....... DCS Half, you rock! Cannot think of any area for improvement. So, just Keep it up guys! ”

9.8 Had a great morning. Bessam Quraishy · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“A very well organized race as every time that I have participated. Missed it last year, very happy to have been there yesterday. Thank you for organizing this Half Marathon.”

10.0 A stunning event Oliver Boyle · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Superbly organised, super friendly and great route. The event against which all others should be judged!”

10.0 it was a great one · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Fantastic! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“This is my second times to join and the experience was terribly fantastic. The event was well organized. I salute to all the organizers who made this event a very successful one. I like very much the venue, the scenery, the buffet meal breakfast and everything. Good job guys!!! and see you next year!”

9.6 What a Pleasure Paul Lange · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 A nice little change to the route Robyn Purdie · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“As always - remains one of my favourite half marathons.”

9.8 Outstanding event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The best event in Dubai and very well organised”

9.2 Excellent event, thoroughly enjoyed Saleem Meyaji · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Keep up the good job”

10.0 Best Half Marathon in the UAE Abdellatif Qamhaieh · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic! Thanks for the wonderful organization ....well done!”

7.1 Race T - Shirt · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Dear, This year, race T - Shirt is very very poor.. rest all well done..”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon, Can you please elaborate on your comment regarding the T Shirt. Can you please message me through the Dubai Creek Striders Face Book Page. If you have a genuine issue with sizing or product quality I will be happy to change it. Regards Neil Goulsbra Race Director. ”

10.0 It was a well organised event. Savitha Kapoor · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Dubai Creek Striders are the best running group in Dubai who are excellent at everything they do. Hats off to them. Well done DCS...We love you.”

9.8 Awesome work by organizers..the best in Dubai Harish Mewani · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Course is tough but the best half marathon in Dubai !!”

9.2 Very nice when you live here Sandra Bergman · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“One down point, traffic not listening to the marshal. A lady almost got run over behind us and we had to stop 2 times for traffic”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good Afternoon Sandra. I am sorry to hear of your experience. I take runners safety very seriously. Can you please contact me on 0526838444 so that I can understand the issue better. One thing that I would like to say, and this is not in any way to reduce the level of concern I have is that we have no legal right to stop traffic flow, We rely on the good will of the motorists. Regards Neil Goulsbra. ”

9.8 superb organisation, really enjoyed the experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Loved every minute Rajesh Manghnani · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
9.6 Best run event I’ve ever done Barry Woods · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well organized and safe event. Great comms, fantastic route with energetic and engaged route marshalls. I can’t speak highly enough about this event and will definitely be back next year! Thanks to everyone involved in putting on such an awesome race! ”

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

“Amazing as always. Great work from Neil and his team. Thank you.”

9.6 Great event, great route, I’ll repeat Alvaro Lobo · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Most beautiful half marathon in the world Prashant Bhatia · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Flawless organization Perfect weather Beautiful run Fantastic goody bag Excellent volunteer support”

9.2 Excellent work.... Dinesh Somani · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 An Amazing Race Brad Curabba · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A very well done event, everything was great. One of the best races that I've ever participated in. Thank You!”

9.4 Lovely venue Fernando La Roche · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The bag-drop container provided for the storage of baggage for the numbers 1315 onwards was a disaster for collecting. Even worse looking at the other two container. Two types of runners? We all pay the same ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon Fernando. Please accept my apologies regarding your experience at the baggage drop. I am working on an improved solution for next year.”

8.3 Great Run · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Yet another great event Roy Griffin · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Big praises to all the marshals for supporting, your the real stars of the day! Yet another great and well organised event, well done to the committee as it's never an easy job. Roll on 2018!”

10.0 Brilliant Half marathon in wonderful weather · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“It was a great event and well organized. well done team !!!”

8.8 Lovely route and great organization. Mario Ojeda · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Keep it up!”

10.0 Perfect event as in every year Peter Hidvegi · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“One of the best race in the calendar... thank you”

9.0 another great Dubai Creek Half Marathon Christophe Coulée · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes
9.2 Great half-marathon! Samar Breitem · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was a very well-organised event. The race marshals and volunteers were all wonderful and cheerful, and the course was beautiful! Only slight improvement would be increasing the bathroom facilities. ”

10.0 Superb..... · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Great work .....”

9.8 Trully the best 1/2 Marathon Olga Kovalchuk · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Please never cancel it :)”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 10.12.2017
“Good afternoon Olga........ We Won't :-D”

10.0 Best running event this year ! Laurence Heselden · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great event !!! Gregory Garnier · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Excellent Christophe Roy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes