Aspire Park Run Challenge proves to be a big hit with the local community

 03 Dec 2017 - 10:54

Aspire Park Run Challenge proves to be a big hit with the local community

The Peninsula

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) successfully organised the second series of the Aspire Park Run Challenge yesterday morning.

In total, 130 male and female recreational runners over the age of 12 were joined by 21 of Aspire Academy’s professional track-and-field student-athletes as they took part in the 2K, 4K and 6K races.

This brings the total number of participants across both series of the Aspire Park Run Challenge, including the first series that took place on November 11, to more than 280.

Commenting on the competitions, Alanoud Al Mesnad, Acting Head of Events at AZF, said: “We had more than 130 participants take part in the first series, and today we have more than 150. We’re very pleased both with the large turn out, and to see so many recreational runners in Qatar getting involved. Adding the 2K race to this series meant we had more young people take part.

“We also had a number of school and University students involved which added to the overall numbers. The Aspire Park Run Challenge series enables recreational athletes to take part alongside Aspire Academy’s student-athletes, providing an exciting opportunity for people keen to compete in such events alongside the professionals.”

She added that AZF and Aspire Academy are due to bring back the Aspire Park Run Challenge in March, April and December next year, given the huge popularity of the event amongst members of the local community.

In the 6K race for men, Mehdi Mesani secured first place after finishing the race in 19 minutes and 30 seconds. Second place winner Salim Jabour finished the race in 20 minutes and 57 seconds. Whilst Ambroise Aufrere finished in third place completing the race in 21 minutes and 12 seconds.  

In the women’s category, Saba Aziz won first place after finishing the race in 20 minutes and 31 seconds, followed by Soul Robertson in second place after finishing the race in 29 minutes and 14 seconds, and Isobell Bushell in third place after finishing in 30 minutes and 11 seconds.  

In the 4K race for men, Mubarak Mohammed came in first place after finishing the race in 13 minutes and 12 seconds. Mohammad Adam came in second place after finishing in 14 minutes and one second, whilst Ayoub Merzougui trailed a second behind, coming in third place after finishing the race in 14 minutes and 02 seconds.

Meanwhile, Natalia and Sophie Wazny came in first and second place in the women’s category after winning in 16 minutes and 16 seconds, and 17 minutes and 46 seconds respectively. Charlie Robertson came in third place after finishing the race in 18 minutes and seven seconds.

In the 2K race for men, Ayman Shani won first place after finishing the race in six minutes and 56 seconds, followed by Waleed Bin Amar, who finished in seven minutes and 23 seconds whilst Badreldin Abdallah secured third place, after completing the race in seven minutes and 54 seconds.

In the women’s category, Noureldine Elfangary won first place, finishing the race in seven minutes and 53 seconds, followed by Amelia Bennett who finished in second place after completing the race in eight minutes and six seconds. Rachel Strandvik finished in third place, after completing the race in eight minutes and 12 seconds.

Winner of the men’s 6K race, Mehdi Mesani, said he’s proud to have successfully improved his performance in Saturday’s event, after finishing in second place in the men’s 6K race in the first series of the competition which took place last November. He added that he’s always keen to participate in future races organised by AZF as part of its yearly sporting programme.

Since it was established, AZF has focused on engaging the public in a wide range of sporting activities in support of its mission to promote physical activity amongst members of the local community. The hugely enthusiastic response and large numbers of registrations for this year’s Aspire Park Run challenge demonstrates the year-round success of AZF’s activities.