Posted on February 13, 2014

More than 2,200 runners crossed the finish line at the second annual Dolphin Energy Doha Dash yesterday.

Held in celebration of Qatar National Sport Day, the Dolphin Energy Doha Dash enabled runners of all abilities, ages and nationalities to follow in the tracks of Motor GP stars and run the world famous Losail International Circuit. Cheered on by hundreds of spectators including friends, family and colleagues the participants competed in four categories including a 5km and 3km race, a 1km Mini Doha Dash and a 1km ladies’ walk.

First place in the 5km race was awarded to Tom Whateley (pictured) and Eva Parris, with times of 17 minutes and 9 seconds and 21 minutes and 34 seconds respectively. In a super-human effort, Tom Whateley also took first place in the 3km race with a time of 9 minutes and 50 seconds alongside 12-year-old Holly McWilliam who finished in 11 minutes and 42 seconds. The winners of the 1km Mini Doha Dash were Mohammed Ashaq and Roisin Browne, who took first place in the female category for a second year.

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In support of the Shafallah Center, the Doha Dash pledged 25% of all registrations towards the organisation with a total donation of 100,000 QAR. Adel Ahmed Albuainain, General Manager, Dolphin Energy, said “This is the second year of the Doha Dash, and we are absolutely delighted to see so many runners taking part across all race categories.

“The event allows us to reemphasise our commitment to the importance of a healthy lifestyle for our employees and the citizens and residents of Qatar. “On behalf of Dolphin Energy I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who joined us, and also to the other event sponsors; Vodafone Qatar, DHL Express, W Doha Hotel & Residences and Doha Stadium Plus.”

Organised by Professional Sports Group, the event treated runners and spectators to a day of fun and activities in the Race Village, including training and exercise routines; a speed running ‘bleep’ test; a speed shot radar challenge; and professionally led recovery sessions. In addition, warm-ups were performed before each race by professional fitness instructors from Fitness First at the City Center Mall.

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Jamie Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Sports Group said: “The second Dolphin Energy Doha Dash has been even bigger and better than last year and is fast becoming a key fixture in the Qatar National Sport Day calendar.

“We are delighted to see the number of runners increase significantly from the 1,300 participants that took part in 2013, and extremely proud of our partnership with Dolphin Energy and the other event sponsors who make this event possible.

“Congratulations to all those who crossed the finish line today - we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2015.” Full results for the Dolphin Energy Doha Dash 2014 can be found at http://chiptiming.co.uk/results

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