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Event Rating ADCB Zayed Sports City 5 & 10K Run 1 of 3 14/15
Oct 10
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Average Rating: 8.9
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9.4
I would take part again
8.3 Overall good event Windy Wells · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I was disappointed in the number of water stations, I think there should have been a water station at every mile or mile and a 1/2. Additionally, my friend ran the 5k and because he did not run with his timing chip the lady at the finish line would not give him his medal or towel and he had his bib number on.”

7.6 Good race · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe
10.0 Very well organized event Isabelle Jamkossian · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 A well organized event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
10.0 Event was well run · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Superbly organised and great fun to take part in. David Peatfield · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great event · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
8.6 Well organised but could do with earlier start Peter Doyle · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“This is the second year that I have done the first 10K of the Abu Dhabi Striders series in October. Excellently organised and good start to the running season. However I believe that the 7am start is too late given the heat once the sun comes up. It was (or at least seemed) much hotter this year. If race started at 6.30 at the latest then at least the majority of it would be finished prior to sun coming up hence making it a better race overall.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 14.10.2014
“Hi Peter, Thanks for your feedback. We have debated the earlier start time for the race 1 and most likely will move 30 minutes earlier next year. The day before was a sensational morning for a run and then on the day it was . We pro actively put in an extra aid station at the 1.5k mar and moved the usual 2.5 k aid station to 3.2k mark. The course which you marked down is the ONLY Certified IAAF road 10K course in the UAE which we see as a positive for people looking to set consistent benchmarks”

9.5 Great motivation to keep training · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I have recently moved to Abu Dhabi and signed up to give me some motivation to keep up my running. I enjoyed the event and am keen to participate in more.”

9.3 It was great! Sharika Benny · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Great place and time to run, exiting giveaways , Medals for finishers which is an encouragement for the runners...overall, keep up the good work!!”

10.0 A great event & always for a good cause Lorraine Tierney · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Perfectly organized! Joy Mills · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Having some gu or gatorade like drink at the halfway point for the 10K would have made EVERYTHING PERFECT!”

9.5 Excellent! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Since this is my first time to join this kind of event, I will not be able to compare it, as far as I am concerned with the event that I have attended recently, I was very happy and will repeat this kind of experience in the future.”

9.4 So well organized Aisling McMahon · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Everything went exactly on time. Great organization. ”

10.0 Nice event, very well organized Claudia Cruz Betancourt · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Every thing went OK, probably the water stations should be located every 1.5 km. Other than that was perfect. Great job, thanks to all the organizers and volunteers.”

9.2 An experience to look forward to every year Anna Fariza Jumaat · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall,superb job guys! This is my first experience participating in a marathon, and you made it easy and less scary for a first timer.This event has given me motivation and help boost myself to challenge my ability to run and get healthy. My only suggestion is that at the end of the race, it would be safer if the timechips could be collected further away from the finish line. I almost crashed into the facilitator! I can't wait to join again next year.Keep up the good job!”

7.7 Good, but can be better · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Thanks for the ADCB ZSC 5k run. It was a good event. Enjoyed the atmosphere, the crowd, the giveaways and the professional setting. I'd like to offer areas for improvement: post rankings based on net and not gross times, stops people from pushing at the start. Also, Abu Dhabi offers such beautiful venues for a run, but sadly ZSC is not one of them. Why not try the Corniche, Al Bateen area, Al Maryah Island, etc. Also, a bit better signage of km marks would be helpful. But good overall, thanks!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 14.10.2014
“Thanks for your feedback. Your downloadable certificate shows your net time. The race start in Abu Dhabi is one of the most controlled in the UAE and hence we do not have the pushing you may witness elsewhere. Abu Dhabi does offer plenty of options however ZSC is a a technical closed road event. WE used to run events on the corniche and the approvals required and logistics prevents a Volunteer committee from pursuing these. We are always looking for people to help arrange events”

Comment from Premier Online - 17.10.2014
“As per the international regulations of road running events, official results and rankings are based on the Gross Finish Times (Gun Times). Net Times, calculated from the time you actually crossed the start mat, are there for personal information and reference only but can still be found on your results. You can learn more about Gross and Net times here: http://www.premiertiming.com/res/grossnet.php We hope this is useful.”

8.7 Its Great run for a first timer like me! Ivy Maureen Ga · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It would be great if additional photographers will be there at the event. and everyone who participated in the run would have a great photos too. photographs are great remembrance of any event, i suggest that shooters will capture a nice shot for "ALL" of the participants.”

9.1 Very good and very hot! · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
9.0 Its been a good event and well orginized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I only faced many problems with the website ”

7.5 Great event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Race was really awesome · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The race is full of fun and excitement. ”

10.0 Great event as usual · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
9.6 Great event. Will be back! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Suggestion: a few age categories for 5K”

9.5 Good race to start the season. · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
8.3 Ok · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Very humid at 7 am, suggest starting at 6 am this time of year. Also route reversal made the course more difficult”

9.1 Very well organized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Very nice ! · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“I participated in this marathon with my family. My wife and daughter are beginners in running. But they enjoyed it very much. It is a very good running race.”

8.5 Great event. · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Hope next time next year it will be a bit earlier in starting time due to the weather is still hot and humidity is high. But over all the event was great hope also next time those who came later to the finish line will get the same freebies as what the earlier finisher got. ”

9.6 Every thing is perfect from premieronline · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Your job is great ”

10.0 Great Run Mary Aziz · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Great start for the season, amazing atmosphere and a good cause to support!”

9.1 Good run for a great cause! Joseph Khater · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“One suggestion it would be nice to start a bit earlier like 6.30 am in order to finish the race before the sun rises and the temperature gets warmer. Big round of applause to all the volunteers who were present helping out with the various activities. Another suggestion is to have more water station specially during race 1/3. Well done Striders! Keep up the great job! Great way to start the season with a run for a great cause raising funds for Breast Cancer!”

9.5 Great start to the racing season · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organized event as always. ”

9.4 Overall - very good John Tulloch · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Only difficulty i had was getting to the car parking - as everything was coned and taped I was detoursed about 3k, round the course to get to the start area to park. After the run, again everything was taped off so as we couldnt actually leave [(the running route and the road were the same] which coused some difficulty as I needed to get to an Arbitration meeting being held in Dubai. Access and Exit - were the only real issues. ”

9.7 Great event - worth the drive from Dubai Adil Amin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was challenging race due to the heat and humidity at this time of the year. The organisation was perfect and I loved how the start line was organised according to predicted completion time. I hope to participate again and improve my timing for this course. ”

9.7 Bin location Damien Chevallier · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“The garbage bins after the support stations are too close to the station. I would suggest to have one garbage bin every 50 m for 150 m in order to allow us to drink while running and have the time to drink before the garbage location is passed ...”

9.1 Still summer - high humidity in am!!! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Still summer - strong sun and high humidity in am - 86% for this year's race - any chance you could consider an evening race with the lower humidity, sun down, and usually a breeze???? Also I did not hear about the event from internet means, rather simple word of mouth from friends, not an option in your drop down list.....”

10.0 Favourite Run in the UAE!! · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“This event just gets better every year!! Well done to the organisers who continually make this event bigger and better. It was a hot morning so was great to have the extra water stations added. Volunteers were a real boost out on the course. Well done, can't wait for the next one.”

9.5 Great start! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“First year's event was very well organized and for a great cause, that drew more people than initially anticipated. It was remarkable to be a part of it. The only correction I would recommend is that since it was so hot and humid, maybe more stations should be considered. Keep it up, we're honored to join such events.”

8.9 Another great event Yvonne Fraser · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Didn't like chicaning through a car park! Can we run inside the stadium again please? Loved the ladies t shirts. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 12.10.2014
“Thanks Yvonne, the access is to the stadium is limited and in wanting to give people a consistent and measured experience we settled on the course albeit with chicanes to secure a measured 10K or 5K.”

9.7 Another Cracker - Thanks Striders et al Russell Fraser · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Sorry for the 70%...was out front on my own (well, the leader was miles ahead) and thought there could have been a few more cones/arrows in the car park area. I'll run slower next time. Also, clocked it 200m long (as did quite a few folks)...IAAF yards v metres? Support stations and volunteers were fantastic again. Hope you raised plenty of cash for a great cause.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 12.10.2014
“Hi Russ,rnrnThanks for your comments, agree on signage for the front runners, just a matter of resources in setting things up. if you can make it on the 8th wed gladly appreciate assistance is setting up the course ”

9.0 Very well organized event in Abu Dhabi center town Michael Simond · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“To increase the capacity of water bottles that are dealt during the race.”

10.0 Great event and great organization · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.3 Charity Run · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.3 Joining ..was fun & great experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 Fantastic race as always Stephen Greenwood · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic race, glad there were water stations at 3 places around the course. I struggled on the 2nd lap mainly due to the heat / humidity. Probably worth considering starting the 10K at 6:30am for this first race of the season. As always, I enjoyed the humour of the pre/post-race announcements from Steve Watson and others.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 12.10.2014
“Hi Stephen well noted on the start time, the day before was glorious we will revisit start times for next year. We did slot in an extra water station due to the anticipated humidity ”

10.0 Awesome race, as per usual! Thanks :) Shannon Benson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thanks for all the work you've done to promote physical activity in collaboration with raising funds for Breast Cancer! Glad to hear this race marked the largest number of participants yet :)”

10.0 Amazing event!!! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well organized, enthusiastic staff, very motivating!”

10.0 Another great race Angus MacKinnon · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Another great race - pink shirts much better material than last year - good to have a new course (although bit tougher) - is it possible to have the small bottles of water rather than water cuplets as they don't contain much water and most people spill it on the floor.”

10.0 Fantastic 1st time experience Carrie Ingram · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“What a fabulously organised event! Thoroughly enjoyed it and got a PB! ”

10.0 I got a PB time! Catriona Bennett · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Awesome day, thank you all so much!!”

10.0 Superbly organised event Colin Greenwood · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“From the ease of parking through event registration to actually running the thing was brilliant with regards to organisation & support. The only thing that let me down was my legs and my intolerance of heat & humidity! The support around the course by the event staff was superb and the water stations were always welcome. (and welcoming) Will definitely be doing this again. Thanks!”

10.0 Awesome event - my favourite! · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
7.7 Nice event, well organized Andrea Pedroli · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Car should be parked out of the race grounds or not allowed to leave until runners are around”

10.0 Great Jonathan Harris · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Everything was great; event staff, organisation, signage etc. I found the last bit of the run a little frustrating (too twisty), although I assume that was because there is an event at ZSC later on which therefore limited the space in which a race route could be put together. But thanks for a lovely morning! ”

10.0 Okay, turn the course round... · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“I love this race series. Convenient, very well organised, sort of scenic and always a good turnout of supporters and runners. But making us run clockwise? Just done to confuse me? See you in January....”

9.7 Well organised, great volunteers, gentle route Mike Holden · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“There seemed to be more water stations this year, which was great given the heat and humidity. I could be wrong but did the 7km and 8km markers get taken down early?”

10.0 Wonderful · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“I really enjoy this annual run and hope to participate every year.”

10.0 Great event, thanks AD Striders! Emma Smart · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Great fun, well-organised event. Was it the heat? Maybe. Great volunteers along the course cheering us on - I felt like it was really needed this morning... Phew, I'm knackered!”

10.0 Great event Annette Bentley · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Excellent, well organised event. Great location. ”

9.4 Overall a great race Cynthia Harb · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“We could have had more water stations as we are still in October and it is still hot”

9.7 Perfect race Joanna Hawi · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“The organization of this race just gets better and better. There aren't many races that give you such great giveaways. I loved the t.shirt, the towel is a brilliant idea after the race. Fruit, water, juice. Great! Steve, Daniel and team are doing an outstanding job, thank you. Trophy was lovely. The heat and humidity was not! ;] ”

10.0 Nice and hot Jan Tytgat · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“A very hot day to run 10km but the organization was great and we ran for a good cause. Many thanks to all the volunteers making this a great event.”

10.0 Awesome Ruud Welp · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Fun and well organised event Maria Carter · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“V cool event, staff v helpful. I arrived 5 mins before the race began and people were v helpful where to park. Volunteers were nice along the race - v good MC - nice refreshments @ the end of the race with fruit & a towel! My first time running in Abu Dhabi - will def. come again. ”

9.3 Nice sweaty run David Morrison · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Good start to the season, well organized event in sweaty conditions.”

9.7 It was a challenging race · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“There should be more water station due to weather condition. Nevertheless, the race was amazingly challenging. The volunteers and organizers did an amazing job. Thanks.”

10.0 Race day is my best day Subha Datta Chowdhury · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Fantastically well organised run Rachel Pope · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 Excellent event! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organized and nice route. I will definitely participate again.”

9.5 Love the timing chip. Course a bit twisty Adrian Pearce · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes