Take giant strides in 1st Duathlon of 2016

Jay Asser 2/01/2015
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Race for the prize: The third of a six-race series.

Start the new year on the right foot by running and cycling in the third Giant Duathlon Series race of the season. Held in a run/bike/run format, the event will take place this Friday, January 8 at the D1 Cycle Track of Nad Al Sheba.

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The race is aimed at triathletes, duathletes, cyclists, running and all fitness enthusiasts ranging in age, experience with a field in excess of 100 anticipated. Competitors can either race solo or in teams of two and take part in as many races as they would like.

Children aged 12 and younger can go against one another in the quarter distance, made up of a 750 metre run, six kilometre bike ride and 750m run.

A longer course is available for ‘Tweens and Teens’ aged 10 to 14, with a 1.5km run, 12km bike and 1.5km run. Adults can experience the full distance for ages 15 and older, consisting of a 3km run, followed by a 24km bike ride and capped by a 3km run.

For those who want to compete in pairs, the course for an all-male, all-female or mixed team is also the full distance, offered for ages 13 and above.

The top-five teams in each age group, along with the top-five male and female individual finishers, will receive points that carry over in the series. When the series wraps up with the final race on April 15, trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third-place overall finishers in each category.

Competitors’ four best races out of the six will count toward their points total, with the final event featuring double points. Registration, which closes at midnight of Wednesday, January 6, can be completed at www.premieronline.com.

Included in the registration is a medal, photo download, goody bag and refreshments. Race pack collection will be bright and early on the day of the race, beginning at 06:45. The start time for the event is scheduled for 07:15.

Even if you’ve yet to compete in the series, you still have the opportunity to get four races under your belt, accumulate points and take home silverware. Start your campaign with Race 3 and get active in the new year.

What: Giant Duathlon Series Race 3
Where: D1 Cycle Track, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai
When: Friday, January 8, with registration closing on midnight of Wednesday, January 6
Contact: Sign up at www.premieronline.com and visit www.race-meevents.com for more information

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Going Out: Mubadala World Tennis Championship glittered with stars

Denzil Pinto 31/12/2015
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A real ace: Rafa Nadal heads up the six-man competition at Zayed Sports City.

Fourteen-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal headlines the field at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and besides watching the action, there are a wide array of activities on offer as well as fantastic prizes to be won.

The event, running from today until Saturday at Zayed Sports City, has attracted French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and world number seven David Ferrer. Completing the line-up are Milos Raonic and big-hitting Kevin Anderson, who have won 10 titles between them.

With six of the world’s top 14 players battling for glory ahead of the busy 2016 season, it promises one not to be missed. Off the court, there’s more activities than ever before, that will surely keep children and adults entertained.

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At the free-admission Tennis Village, open from 12.00, there’s opportunities to get up close to the stars with many autograph sessions taking place throughout the three days. 

And Canadian star Raonic will take time out to answer questions from children today from 12.30.

Visitors can try their luck at landing an aeroplane in Etihad Airways’ new interactive game, while the Rado speed serve returns, giving fans to clock their shots against those of their tennis heroes.

On top of that, there’s a chance to go home with some exciting prizes in the daily raffle draw. A weekend test drive in a luxurious Range Rovers, a Dh2,000 gift voucher towards a resort stay and an economy ticket to any destination courtesy of Etihad Airways are all up for grabs.

And if you’re feeling hungry, there are supreme food outlets to choose from, meaning you will not be short of options.
Since launching in 2008, the event has gone from strength to strength. Last year thousands flocked through the gates, and the three-day event looks set to be another success. 

“The Mubadala World Tennis Championships ensures a unique experience for tennis fans, families and friends, and this year the excitement will be even high as the tournament takes place across New Year,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, tournament director.

“From an action-packed court to autograph sessions and coaching clinics with the players, the tournament welcomes six of the top tennis players. 

“The Tennis Village serves up a great atmosphere to get up-close and personal with the tennis stars through autograph and player Q&A sessions and coaching clinics. Nowhere else can tennis fans experience such thrilling interactions and get so close to their heroes.”

And Gunnarsson insists it’s not one to be missed.

She said: “Opportunities like this to see back-to-back matches between the best players in the world are rare. Matches at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship take fans straight to the equivalent of a Grand Slam quarter final, and with all the off-court action too, it’s the perfect way to spend your New Year’s weekend.”

Match tickets range from Dh100 to Dh350, depending on category and can be bought online at www.ticketmaster.ae, Virgin Megastores or at the venue.

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Going Out: Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club deals will get into the swing

Denzil Pinto 28/12/2015
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Practice makes perfect: Excellent deals mean expert tuition is value for money.

If you’re looking to fine tune your golf skills or learn something new then take advantage of Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club’s (SGSC) exciting deals.

Their Festive Offers include special rates on green fees, while there are tuition deals for those who want to develop their game.

Since being launched earlier this month, the promotions have been hugely popular and with certain offers ending this Thursday and end of January, you don’t want to miss out.

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Their tuition offer, run by the club’s qualified instructors at SGSC’s Golf Academy, has two options to choose from. 

Starting from Dh900, six lessons can be purchase for the price of five and if you want more lessons, then pay for 12 lessons for the price of 10.

The tuition includes the Trackman device, video analysis, physical screening and exercise recommendations with the offer available until 31 January and valid for one year upon buying.

“The tuition offers are one of our most popular promotions that we run at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club,” said Martin Duff, director of golf at SGSC.

“It doesn’t matter whether you have played the sport or not. It’s open to people of all abilities. We have strong number who come and never played golf before. We will make sure they have a good time by learning the game and hopefully it will inspire them to take up the sport in the future.

“It’s also great for people, who usually play and want to develop their game and learn some new skills for the new year ahead.”

Gold on the greens: Fine facilities at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club.

And if you want to practice your drives and putting on the luxurious greens, you can do exactly that. For Dh300 until this Thursday, you can play on the 18 holes on weekends and weekdays, inclusive of range balls and a shared golf cart. 

With the new year fast approaching, Duff insists there’s plenty of positives to be had by taking advantage of the offers.

“We want to play our role in promoting the sport in the UAE and this allows us to introduce the game to people who have never played golf,” said Duff.

“Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club is a fantastic venue to play golf and whether you’re learning or practising, it’s a great way to meet new people.”

What: Golf Festive Offers
Where: Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club in Sharjah
When: Ongoing. Tuition offer ends January 31 and 18-holes deal ends Thursday.
Contact: Visit www.golfandshootingshj.com

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