Ishito Junva of Ethiopia emerged winner of the MENA half marathon organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) at the Abu Dhabi Corniche on Friday.
The Ethiopian completed the 21.1 kilometre distance in 1 hour 11 minutes and 65 seconds followed home by Liam Peak of Britain and India's Supach Singh in a field of 127 runners.
The 10km race saw 317 entries and the British runner
Neil Tempest took the 10km race from Habib Rahman and Tom Miller for a British sweep of the 10km MENA race. The women's race was won by Belgian Catalina Dorby in a time of 42.14.
Michael Rock of Ireland won the 5km race in a time of 8.31 from another Irish runner Alan Maher and Japan's Junichi Ono. Lucy Bifford claimed the women's race in a time if 23.13.
The ADSC event drew 935 runners over the three distances and was held in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Police, Department of Transport, Department of Urban Planning, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Health Department, National Ambulance and Al Ain Water.
Khaled Al Qubaisi, the ADSC representative, was guest of honour and gave away the prizes to the winners.
"We are overwhelmed by the response and this was the biggest participation in terms of numbers," said Al Qubaisi.
"This is another event to emphasise 'the healthy lifestyle' catch-line promoted by the government. We plan to arrange more events throughout the season which will include several sporting events including cycling and swimming."
More details on the competitions that are planned in the coming months can be had in the ADSC homepage www.adsc.ae.