Ultra Runner completes 140km National Day challenge in Dubai desert

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Ultra run: Nico De Corato completes his 140km challenge

While many in the region relaxed over the long weekend, a Dubai-based ultra runner completed a whopping 140km run to celebrate the 47th UAE National Day.

It took Nico de Corato just over twenty three hours to finish the unique single stage solo run, which began at Bab Al Shams resort in al Qudra and ended at the iconic Union Flag of Jumeirah, where he was greeted by friends, family and supporters. Corato managed to finish the challenge despite suffering from severe pain in his right knee that required use of ice compresses to reduce swelling.

Speaking to Sport360 ahead of the event, the Italian said, “People say I’m crazy, and maybe I am, but it’s my way to celebrate what a great country we live in. I like associating the place with sport and not just the skyscrapers most people see. I am deliberately passing through the natural landscapes then along to the modern city.”

Corato has experience with long distance running, but has never completed a feat of this magnitude. In 2015 he completed a 100km solo run along a route from the Meydan Hotel leading to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort.

To get in peak condition this time around he’s been in constant training over the last three years and began to turn his focus to this particular run a few months ago.

Completing an event such as this requires mental training as well as physical training, including training himself not to sleep for long periods of time.

“You have to consider the balanced diet and also your sleep pattern,” he said. “I have been training myself to stay awake. Running a distance like this is more of a mental game than physical.”

Fittingly, the challenge ended next to the world’s biggest Emirati flag located inside the Etihad Museum, as the UAE celebrated National Day with a long weekend.

The event was supported by the Dubai Sports Council and logistics and traffic were facilitated by the RTA and Dubai Police.

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Running man: Nicola De Corato is taking on a 140km route

A Dubai-based Ultra Runner is set to celebrate the UAE National Day weekend in his own unique way – running a staggering 140km on his own.

Nicola De Corato will begin his gruelling challenge on Saturday as celebrations begin on the nation’s long weekend. De Corato is no stranger to Ultra Running having completed a 100km solo run back in 2015 along a route from the Meydan Hotel leading to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort. The Italian, a former black belt in kickboxing and Muay Thai, has also competed as a triathlete, dive master and rescue swimmer.

De Corato’s run will begin at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort around midday and finish at the UAE flag positioned by Union House in Jumeirah. Speaking to Sport360 ahead of the run he said, “People say I’m crazy, and maybe I am, but it’s my way to celebrate what a great country we live in. I like associating the place with sport and not just the skyscrapers most people see. I am deliberately passing through the natural landscapes then along to the modern city,” he said.

“I am an extreme runner so I’ve done a few of these types of events, I am always training for the last three years. In the last few months I have been focused on this challenge, you have to consider the balanced diet and also your sleep pattern. I think the run will take at least 24 hours and so I have been training myself to stay awake. Running a distance like this is more of a mental game than physical. When you train for such a long distance I have reached only 70km so I am not exhausted by the time the actual run comes around. I think after this event I’ll be recovering for about two months to let my body heal, but it’s something I can’t wait to complete.”

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Sergio Ramos labelled it “mission accomplished” after Real Madrid sealed top spot in Champions League Group G.

Goals from Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez earned a 2-0 win at Roma as Real recovered from the embarrassing La Liga reverse at Eibar.

“Mission accomplished: qualified and top of the group,” Ramos wrote on Twitter.

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari now has two wins from his two Champions League games in charge and was pleased with the victory.

He said on uefa.com: “The players showed they can take responsibility and we’re really happy to get the win.

“We had to work hard and suffer, but sometimes that’s just what you need to do and we won playing like that.”

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Marouane Fellaini spared Manchester United’s blushes as a 1-0 victory over Young Boys took them into the last 16 of the Champions League.

It was another dismal night at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho’s underperforming side lacked creativity, cohesion and confidence against opponents they had dispatched 3-0 in September.

In other news, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the Champions League poses a tougher challenge than any other competition after his side salvaged a 2-2 draw at Lyon on Tuesday to qualify for the knockout phase.

The Premier League leaders clinched a place in the last 16 for the sixth season in a row as headers from Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero helped City twice recover after falling behind to goals from Maxwel Cornet.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich beat Benfica 5-1 and Ajax overcame the stiff challenge of AEK Athens in Greece.

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Yasir Shah produced the best Test performance by a Pakistan bowler for 36 years as New Zealand crashed to a comprehensive second Test defeat in Dubai.

The leg-spinner followed up his eight-wicket haul in the first innings by taking another six to finish with match figures of 14 for 184.

It was the finest Pakistan bowling display since former captain Imran Khan took 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka in 1982 and also the second best effort by a Pakistan bowler ever.

Pakistan levelled the three-match series in impressive fashion, with New Zealand, after being dismissed for 90 in their first innings replying to Pakistan’s 418 for five declared, always having a mountain to climb.

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