Over 1,500 participants took part in the inaugural National Bank of Fujairah PJSC (NBF) run on Friday morning (December 1) in the scenic emirate, which took place under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah.
Runners of all levels took part in the 3km, 5km and 10km races.
Some of the UAE’s best runners lined up for the first edition run in Fujairah. Moroccan Ahmed Tamri took the honours in the men’s 10km race with victory in a time of 29 mins 48 seconds, whilst the women’s 10km race was won by Ethiopian Adawork Aberta with a time of 33 minutes 58 seconds.
The men and women’s 5km and 3km races were also both completed with competitive times of 15 minutes 7 seconds and 25 minutes 27 seconds in the 5km race, and 13 minutes 32 seconds and 16 minutes 32 seconds in the 3km race respectively.
The winner of the men’s 10km Ahmed Tamri, said: “I’m delighted to have won the first-ever 10km Fujairah Run. It was a great privilege to run against the level of competition present during the race. I was amazed by the organisation of the event, everything ran smoothly. I will definitely be back next year to reclaim my crown!”
Runners of the course navigated their way down alleyways, past the Grand Mosque, over bridges, past shops, and alongside the Fujairah Fort, making for an exciting race track in the very heart of the emirate.
The winning runner of the UAE women’s 10km, Adawork Aberta said: “Today’s run really highlighted the beauty of Fujairah, and it was a real privilege to be a part of the first-ever run here, particularly knowing that I’ve been part of an event that is helping the community of Fujairah. I really enjoyed taking part in this event, and my victory was completely unexpected. I already can’t wait for next year!”
The fastest Emirati runner on the day also happened to win the 5km race, Waleed Saleh Alrays, who finished almost 2 minutes of the second place finisher. He was ecstatic with his race victory, commenting: “I live in Fujairah so I really wanted to participate in this race today. However for the 10km race I didn’t feel I had prepared adequately so instead chose the 5km race. I ran the race perfectly and was delighted by the result. This is all in preparation for the Dubai marathon, so today’s race in Fujairah has been great progress towards that goal.”
Commenting on the race, Vince Cook, CEO of NBF, said: “We are delighted with the success of this first NBF Fujairah Run. It was great that we were able to accommodate runners of all capabilities, from the truly professional to the more social joggers.”
“There were multiple small scale competitions happening throughout the morning whether between work colleagues or friends and family members but most rewarding was the inclusive spirit throughout, the tremendous achievements of the determined ones and the chance to enjoy the exceptional sights of Fujairah in such great company. Congratulations to all the winners and participants that completed the course.”
He also added, “I would particularly like to thank all our sponsors for their support in making this event happen, and joining us in contributing towards a healthier community. We look forward to many more Fujairah Runs in the coming years.”
Mark Cavendish won the very first Abu Dhabi to Al Ain Classic on Sunday.
The Brit crossed the finish line first in a race which saw 120 professional and amateur riders complete the 190km course that started at ADNOC HQ in Abu Dhabi.
The star-studded peloton was waved off by Commander in Chief of Abu Dhabi Police H.E. Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Al Khail Chairman of Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Sultan Al Dhaheri, General Manager of Etisalat Abu Dhabi. The race finished in the beautiful setting of Al Jahili Park in the garden city of Al Ain.
Commenting on the weekend’s race, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Cycling Club said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Classic. This event was the first of its kind to take place in the UAE. 2017 has created a good foundation.
“The quality of both professional and amateur entries was extremely high, and we intend to build on this to become one of the UAE’s great races. The Classic and the Family Cycling Festival was a great way for Abu Dhabi Cycling Club to be part of the UAE’s 46th National Day celebrations. We hope that everyone who took part had an enjoyable day and hopefully it has encouraged new cyclists to try our fantastic sport.”
Speaking about his victory, Cavendish said: “It was an incredible day of cycling which was made even sweeter by the win. It was great to compete with such an accomplished group of riders, both professional and amateur. I always love cycling in Abu Dhabi and I can’t wait for the tour next year.”
In celebration of National Day, Olympian and the UAE’s fastest road cyclist Yousif Mirza, of UAE Team Emirates, was specially selected to wear the number 46. Mirza finished a very close second to Cavendish, followed by fellow UAE Team Emirate rider Roberto Ferrari who finished in third position.
Mirza added: “I felt honoured to have 46 as my race number and represent UAE Team Emirates on National Day weekend. To ride in a professional event like this on home soil was a real treat and it was very encouraging to see such a buzz around my sport in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.”
Roisin Thomas of Ireland was the top finishing female rider coming in at 28th followed by Natasha Leask of New Zealand who crossed the line in 35th position.
Inspired by the iconic races of Europe, the event was hosted by Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Etisalat, Daman & ADNOC all supported the race with platinum partnerships.
The brand new Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery By Sofitel entered the Guinness World Record Books on Saturday November 18 as the hotel hosted a yoga session with the most nationalities.
Overall, 112 people from different countries took part in the yoga class – sealing the record on the final day of the Dubai Fitness Challenge.
Watch highlights in the video above.