Posted on February 10, 2016

An impressive 3,746 participants took part in the fourth annual Dolphin Energy Doha Dash that was held today at Losail International Circuit as part of Qatar’s National Sport Day. Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes took part in the popular community event as she joined runners in the 10km race. Supporting the vision behind the Qatar National Sport Day, The Dolphin Energy Doha Dash 2016, which has established itself as one of the most popular community events in the Qatari Capital, has attracted thousands of runners to Losail International Circuit today. Presenting the winners’ trophies this year were Dolphin Energy, GO Sport and Dame Kelly Holmes.

Shamilah Halford came in first place in the women’s 5km run and finished the race in 21 minutes and three seconds, while in the men’s 5km race Hillary Rotich finished in 17 minutes and eight seconds. As for the 3km women’s run, Ellie Walters placed first with 11 minutes and 56 seconds. Oliver Guilhem came first in the men’s race and finished in 10 minutes and 27 seconds. Erin King finished the 1km run for children in first place with three minutes and 57 seconds and Alex Watkins finished in three minutes and 46 seconds.

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Nicoleta Hodrogea and Hillary Ngetich were named the winners of this year’s newest addition, the 10km run, that attracted hundreds of seasoned runners from across the city they were able to finish in 41 minutes 41 seconds and 31 minutes and 42 seconds respectively. Double Olympic medalist Dame Kelly Holmes and official Dolphin Energy Doha Dash 2016 ambassador said, “It has been a great opportunity for me to return to Doha and join the runners again this year. It was refreshing to see many families coming out to participate and cheer each other on. Sports can be so much fun and this is a key message from today’s event.” 

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Mohamed Omar, a participant in the 10km race, said after completing the race, “This is the first time I run one of the Doha Dash races; I enjoy athletics and the 10km race was a big mental and physical challenge for me, so I am glad I made it to the finish line in a reasonable time. My family is also here with me, my wife and daughter enjoyed the activities in the Race Village. The event is well organised which means that I will be back next year.” Maylene Corazon who came with her friends added, “We look forward to Doha Dash every year; I finished the 3km run today and my friends especially enjoyed the GO Sport basketball challenge.”

Jamie Cunningham, CEO and founder of Professional Sports Group said, “The Dolphin Energy Doha Dash has established itself as a key event in the Qatari National Sport Day calendar. We at PSG are proud of the success and support of the Qatari community and would like to thank all the sponsors and partners for making this possible.”