Organised by Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC), the event witnessed the participation of 14 girls aged between 15-19, 42 young ladies between 20 and 29 years, 54 women aged from 30-39, 28 women aged between 40-49 and four women in the 50-54 age bracket.
A range of nationalities took part in the race, including a high number of Emiratis.
Participants included Khawla Al Serkal, Director General of SLC, HE Nada Al Naqbi, Director of Women Sports Department, Amna Al Shanasi, Manager of SLC branches, Hanan Mahmoud, Director of Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre and celebrity athlete and women’s trainer Manal Rostom.
The contestants competed in two formats – as individuals and as part of a team – to accomplish the objectives, which were set out before them in three phases.
Starting with a 2.5 kilometre run, followed by cycling for nine kilometres, the duathlon finished with another 2.5 km race on foot, with the event paving the way for all women to practice this interactive sport and lead a healthy lifestyle.
The race saw a fierce competition between participants who were keen to perform well in all phases. In the individual category, Liz Verheyden took first place, Sioned Taylor finished second and Lynette Wam got home in third.,
In the team category, Skydive Dubai won first place, Team Emma and Kieran took the second place and Lorna Jane Super Stars ranked third.
The winners of the race were awarded with medals by Khawla Al Serkal, Director General of SLC. Place holders also received cash prizes.
In the individual category, the winner received AED 7,000, the runner-up AED 6,000 and the third position winner AED 5,000. In the team category, the prize for first place was AED 9,000, the second AED 8,000 and the third AED 6,000.