The Al Hudayriat Island Community cycle race was an overwhelming success with 269 cyclists in the men, women, youth and children joining the challenge on Friday.
The event organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in cooperation with the Department of Urban Planning and Municipality at the island’s new facilities was to draw new audience to promote healthy lifestyle to the community.
Present at the occasion were HE Hamad Aref Al Awani, general secretary of ADSC, Khalifa Al Qahtani, director of community services and welfare of the Department of Urban Planning, and Mubarak Al Ameri and Khalid Al Qubaisi, both of ADSC.
Ibrahim Al Falamrzi emerged winner of the men’s 50-kilometre race in a time of 1h:07m:23s while the youth U23 prize was won by Mohammed Al Hammadi in 1:12:39. Belgian Van Denis won the Masters from Britons Robert Rilton and Monty Scott.
Rosen Thomas of Ireland bagged the women’s race over 40km in 1:01:51. Ana Ka of France took the Vets race from Italian Gina Bonsini, Razan Sobh of Bahrain claimed the youth title and Jessina Tamer of Egypt won the junior race.
Jana Stridum of South Africa won the women’s 10km race for 10-13 age group clocking 18m:48.21s minutes, and the citizen Abdul Aziz Al Hammadi in the race (males) time of 18:45m. Tina Deeb of Syria took the 5km for 8-10 age division 12:51m.
Al Qubaisi, ADSC’s Head of Community Sports, thanked the event partners for the success of the first community run race on Al Hudayriat Island, the Department of Urban Planning and Municipality, the Department of Health, and Al Ain Water and Gulf Multi-Sport.
“This event concludes the community racing season,” said Al Qubaisi. “Al Hudayriat Island is a new city and Abu Dhabi’s newest destination for recreation and leisure.
“We plan to host a number of event at this new facility in the coming season and continue our program to promote healthy lifestyle to the community.” - ends