With just a few days until the third edition of the popular Beach Run event returns in Dubai, we’ve put together our combined best pre and on-the-day running tips no matter what distance you’re tackling in the non-timed event.
These are applicable to avid runners or those of you who are lacing up your trainers for the first time this Friday (February 23). If you’ve not signed up yet, you still have time: www.beachrundxb.com
Here’s our six top tips:
Don’t eat anywhere you wouldn’t normally before you start running and consume breakfast at least two hours before you begin to avoid any stomach upset. Keep things simple with things like fresh fruit, porridge oats and regular cereal.
We are still in February but noticeably the temperature has gone up a few notches over the past week or two. The Beach Run is a nice and early start to kick-off your weekend so it shouldn’t be too hot, but still, drink plenty of water before, during and after your run to stay hydrated. You can also mix it up with an electrolyte drink ahead of and during the run, with a protein shake after to aid muscle recovery.
Runners will take part in a mass warm-up before each of the three races so make the most of this to ensure your body is ready for running! It’s also vital to stretch, twist, bend and rotate so you’re feeling nice and loose. Specifically, you want to target your hamstrings, quads, calves and glutes as well as stretch out your hips.
HOW DO YOU RUN ON SAND?
Running on sand compared with a soft spongy track, hard road surfaces or even a treadmill is a completely different experience and feeling. There is perhaps a school of thought that running on sand isn’t good for your body but that’s not the case. It actually helps strengthen your ankle joints and general flexibility. Try and keep nice and light on your feet – and not run too much on your heels and you’ll enjoy it.
HAVE A BALL!
Most importantly, just enjoy the event – whatever distance you’re running. Have fun with friends and family, soak up the atmosphere in the race village afterwards and take some photos for social media – posing with your medals! Make sure you get the iconic Burj Al Arab in the backdrop, too! If you are new to running, hopefully the Beach Run has helped you find a new passion!
I’ve touched on this but stretch out and keep moving immediately after you stop running, resist the urge to sit down and stay stationary as this can make you feel some cramp. Get some fluids on board and a post run snack.
Played in very still and unseasonably hot weather first up was the much anticipated clash between last year’s Grand Finalists the Multiplex Bulls and Dubai Dragons.
Every year and every match this rivalry goes up another level and Friday’s battle did not disappoint.
The first quarter as usual was tight with both teams forced into errors around the ground but the Dragons took a slight seven point lead into the second quarter.
The Dragons started the second quarter firing and jumped to a five goal lead thanks to Jake Kane and Travis Hayward in the midfield but as they always do the Bulls fought back with two late goals from Ted Stobart and captain Nathan Holly
It was one way traffic in the third quarter with the Dragons regaining their five goal lead as the tall forward Daniel Gribbin started to find some space.
Bulls full back George Rahhal was sensational all day and managed to keep the Dragons danger forward Ryan Perkins to just one goal.
The last quarter was goal for goal early on but then the Bulls made their usual late charge bringing the game within three goals, however they were beaten by the siren with Dragons winning 17.9.111 to Bulls 14.9.93
In the later game the Falcons from the capital were convincing winners against the Dubai Dingoes 29.9.153 to 5.6.36 with Zac Moon the star kicking eight goals.
It has been a season to forget for the Dingoes but they are confident they will bounce back in 2018/19 with a strong summer of recruiting.
The final home and away games take place on Friday March 2. The Dubai Dragons will travel down to Abu Dhabi to take on the Falcons while the Dingoes will host the Bulls in Dubai.
This final round will lead into the Grand Final on March 16 out at The Sevens Stadium, which is set to be a repeat of last year’s decider: another epic encounter between the Bulls and Dragons.
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A head to head battle between Promising Run and Furia Cruzada in the Group 2 Balanchine Stakes sponsored by AZIZI Developments, highlighted Saturday nights seventh meeting of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC), one of just two Saturday race-nights to be staged during the 2018 DWCC.
The US$200,000 event included a thrilling finish between Godolphin’s multiple G2 winner and race favourite Promising Run and multiple G1 winner Furia Cruzada, who was running on nine days’ rest following a fourth-place finish in the Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (G2) on dirt.
The former, under Pat Cosgrave for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, held on by a diminishing head over her Antonio Fresu-ridden South American champion foe in exciting style.
Penalised for their victory in the 1600m Group 2 Cape Verdi (G2), also for fillies and mares, three weeks ago, Promising Run carried her 58.5 kgs to the front soon after turning for home, but quickly came under attack from Opal Tiara, winner of this race last year for England and trainer Mick Channon.
Cosgrave’s mount shrugged her off 200m out, only for Fresu and Furia Cruzada to throw down a determined, late challenge in the centre of the track.
Ultimately holding on, Promising Run was part of a treble on the evening for the Godolphin blue.
“To be honest, things did not really go to plan this evening and in such a small field I would have much preferred a faster early gallop but we did not go very quickly,” Cosgrave said.
“It then became a bit messy and, not wanting to disappoint her, I was in front plenty soon and we were there to be aimed at.
“In fairness to her, she has seen off the challenges well and then had enough to thwart the very last one.
“A faster run race will suit her and, remember, she has done that under a penalty, so you have to be happy.”
Thurs. and Sat. Gold Town jockeyed by William Buick, won the UAE2000 Guineas - $250,000. Heavy Metal jockeyed by Michael Barzalona lead the charge at Firebreak Steaks. Promising Run won Balanchine Both staked at $200,000 #HorseRacing Pic. #DubaiWorldCup https://t.co/RH3YPUmkIf pic.twitter.com/koZi4sdSim— Dubai Polo and Racing (@DubaiPoloRacing) February 18, 2018
Sun Classique, Cladocera, Very Special and Sajjhaa –the last two bin Suroor trainees– had all previously completed the Cape Verdi and Balanchine double.
Sajjhaa went on to win both the Jebel Hatta (G1) and Dubai Turf (G1).
The evening’s co-feature was the $200,000 Firebreak Stakes sponsored by AZIZI Developments (G3) over the same dirt course and 1600m distance as next month’s $1 million Godolphin Mile sponsored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One (G2).
From halfway, there was only ever going to be one winner with big favourite Heavy Metal never threatened under Mickael Barzalona and able to register his sixth course and distance victory emphatically for trainer Salem bin Ghadayer and owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
Winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge R1 (G2) on the first night of the carnival six weeks ago, over the same track and trip, he was penalised for that success and was also making a quick return to action, having finished a tired third in the 1900m Al Maktoum Challenge R2 last Thursday.
“He just loves it here at Meydan and this dirt surface,” Barzalona said.
“The 1600m is probably his ideal trip and he has won that today without me having to ask him to do anything.
“He seems to anticipate the start and knows when it is time to go.
“That helps him get to the lead, and the rail, after which he has proved many times he is a hard horse to pass.
“The 1900m last week was probably too far for him and I guess the Godolphin Mile will be his main target.”
We're keeping an eye on the #DubaiWorldCup! Here's a look at horses who are aiming towards the $10 million dollar race on March 31st as of today. For updates & on-site coverage from @DWC_Meydan be sure to #WatchTVG! pic.twitter.com/C689laZRJl— TVG (@TVG) February 15, 2018
It was perhaps not quite as easy but the same connections made an immediate return to the winner’s enclosure after the virtually identical success of front-running Yalta in the following 1200m dirt handicap, the $125,000 Mina AZIZI.
It was a first UAE victory for the horse in his sixth attempt.
“He is only four and, if you look back, was a very good, fast juvenile,” Barzalona said.
“He has shown he retains his speed and ability but getting his head back in front is important.
“This should have done his confidence a lot of good and it would be nice to think he could cope with a step back up in class.”
The meeting opened with the $175,000 AZIZI Riviera, a 1200m turf handicap in which only five started following the late defection of Steady Pace.
Over the same course and distance four weeks ago, representing Australia and David Hayes, Fatinaah had made all under Jim Crowley and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s sprinter tried to repeat the trick here.
However, they were stalked throughout by William Buick aboard Baccarat, trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, and runner-up to Fatinaah on that previous occasion.
Keen early on, Buick’s mount was soon travelling happily in behind the leader.
Moving strongly to the leader 300m out, the chestnut 9-year-old proved best with a three-length victory.
“He actually broke well tonight, which for him is not ideal, especially in a small field because he needs cover and we could not get that for the first 150m, so he was fighting for his head,” Buick said.
“Then he raced in a lovely rhythm just behind the leader and everything went very smoothly from about halfway.
“He is a real stable favourite who has a great record here at Meydan and has a real good following with the crowd here as well.
“All being well, he should be competitive in the Al Quoz Sprint on the Dubai World Cup card.”
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Blair House, under jockey James Doyle, completed a treble for Godolphin and a double for Appleby when running on strongly to land the $125,000 AZIZI Victoria, a turf handicap over 1800m in which he was chased home by the same owner’s Mountain Hunter, saddled by Bin Suroor.
“He had run well twice already this season so we knew he was in form and I was happy to get the chance to ride him,” Doyle said.
“He enjoyed himself being settled in amongst horses and has taken every gap when they appeared, hit the front going strongly and then ran on well.”
The $60,000 Aliyah AZIZI, a non-carnival 1800m turf handicap, looked competitive beforehand but that proved not to be the case when Mike de Kock-trained Baroot stormed clear under Christophe Soumillon, riding for owner Sheikh Mohd bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.
“He was probably a bit unlucky and a bit fresh last time so we thought he had a big chance today,” Soumillon said.
“We jumped well and it took 50m to find cover and get him relaxed.
“After that, I was always happy as I knew we would get a nice lead into the race and he can improve from this as he is probably still not 100% fit.”
The finale, the $125,000 Shaista AZIZI Handicap over 1400m on turf, was won in gritty fashion by game English invader Oh This Is Us, from the yard of Richard Hannon.
The Irish-bred son of Acclamation carried top weight of 60kgs and held off the Godolphin pair of Top Score and Van Der Decken.
Tom Marquand was aboard for the victory, giving one of the top trainers in England his first UAE victory.