On the Radar: Desert Runners, Ice Warrior Challenge

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On the Radar this week: Desert Road Runners, Ice Warrior Challenge.

There is live sporting action to suit every taste over the next seven days in UAE including fitess challenges in the desert, on stairs and even on the ice!

DESERT ROAD RUNNERS – IFTAR CHALLENGE
Thursday, 1st October

The annual Iftar Challenge 5K race, organised by the Desert Road Runners since 1998 returns for the 6th time at the Dubai Autodrome offering age group prizes.

Two laps around the Dubai Autodrome with floodlights illuminating the racing track and two distances to challenge runners of all levels. Register online and take part in this annual race.

Venue: Dubai Autodrome

Website: Hopa Sports

ICE WARRIOR CHALLENGE
Friday, 2nd October

The annual challenge of strength and endurance in freezing cold conditions returns to Dubai with the Ice Warrior Challenge.

Get ready to face a number of physical challenges as an individual or part of a team such as monkey bars, mazes, cargo net crawls and 12 other obstacle courses all while in the sub-zero temperatures of Ski Dubai.

Venue: Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

Website: Ice Warrior Challenge

HILTON DUBAI TOWER RACE
Saturday, 3rd October

Hilton Dubai The Walk is back for the fourth year in conjunction with the Emirates Red Crescent in aid of people affected by the unfolding humanitarian situation in Syria.

The event will be hosted at Hilton Dubai The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residences, where 120 runners will take on 36 floors and 730 stairs and the view from the top is well worth it!

Venue: Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR

Website: Premier Online

AL WATHBA CYCLING SERIES – RACE 1
Monday, 5th October

The Al Wathba Cycling Series will include 6 events (on Mondays) from October 2015 to January 2016 and take the form of the Australian Pursuit Series.

Small groups of riders are set off at short intervals with the intention each group seeks to chase down the group in front and all groups come together at the finish for the strongest rider to win.

This is an excellent event series for novice riders who are either recreational riders and/or not used to group riding techniques.

Venue: Al Wathba Cycle Track

Website: Premier Online

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Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya wins Berlin marathon in world leading 2:04:01

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Winner: Eliud Kipchoge.

Eliud Kipchoge failed in his bid to set a third straight world record at the Berlin marathon on Sunday after winning in an unofficial time of two hours, 04.01 minutes.

Kenya’s Kipchoge had targeted compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 set in Germany’s capital last year, which in turn had bettered Wilson Kipsang’s previous record of 2:03:23 from 2013.

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It was not to be for Kipchoge, this year’s London marathon winner, who was hampered by a problem with his shoes early on, but still went on to run the world’s fastest marathon time this year.

Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui was second at one minute, 21 seconds back and Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa took third at 2:56.

Having finished second in Berlin in 2013 behind Kipsang, the 30-year-old Kipchoge has now added Berlin to his marathon victories in Hamburg, Rotterdam, Chicago and London.

The lead group passed through the halfway point at 61:53 minutes — down on the world-record pace of 61:30 they had hoped for.

Kipchoge took charge at the 32 kilometre stage, leaving training partner Emmanuel Mutai, who finished second here in 2014, and Lilesa trailing 30 metres behind him.

The winner passed under Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate in Kimetto’s winning time from last year, several hundred metres short of the finish line.

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UAE win FEI World Championship for Young Horses for second successive year

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Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui celebrates after winning at the Italian Endurance Festival.

It was another triumph for the UAE as Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui on Descarado won the FEI World Championship for Young Horses at the Italian Endurance Festival 2015 in Verona on Saturday.

Al Mazroui staved off a strong challenge from the Spanish and Italian riders as he negotiated the scenic but challenging course adjoining the Garda River in Segurta Park in 5 hours 26 minutes and 56 seconds at an average time of 22.02kmph.

“I led right from the start and that was because I knew the horse well. The last time I rode it here in Italy a few months ago I finished second in an 80-km event and today he was in perfect condition even though it was a bit hot,” said the young Emirati.

“This is a World Championship and I am happy I did my country proud,” said Al Mazroui, who has had some consistent success in the past two years.

Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui poses after winning the championships in Verona.

“This is a young horse and has been gradually improving and Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui is one of the most promising young riders in the UAE. I was confident of a good show and am happy for Descarado,” said trainer Ismail Mohammed, who had also saddled the winner in last year’s Festival-sponsored FEI World Championship for Young Horses held in Samorin, Slovakia.

Tiswan Figeole under Saif Salem Al Faresi had won in 2014 and the UAE rider almost made it to the podium this year also but fell short despite a valiant attempt on Une De Miel, another MRM Stable horse trained by Ismail Mohammed.

Two Spanish riders Alex Luque Moral on Surena MB and Jordi Pons Serra on Cata De Montfluq took silver and bronze while the loudest cheers came when Italians Camila Malta on Barbaforte Bosana and Camille Coulomb on Sharon De Suleiman took fourth and fifth spots respectively.

A total of 73 riders started in the 120-km ride which was run in four stages and only 29 completed.

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