Posted on November 28, 2017

The eighth edition of the popular Doha College Race has attracted large numbers of participants in this year’s run, held recently at the Aspire Park. Increased by nearly a third on last year’s numbers, the interest in the race shows how fitness and healthy lifestyles are stepping into focus more and more.

With an age span of over 50 years – the youngest runner being 12 and the oldest 65 – the race brought together participants of all abilities. The one thing they all had in common was the enthusiasm; one athlete had so much of it that he ran both races. James Lally, primary teacher in Doha College, ran the 5k race with just 15 minutes’ rest after finishing the 10k race with a very respectable time. The top spot in the 10k Male Open category was claimed by Rachid Boudalla, who clocked an impressive 00:32:54. He is a newcomer on the DC Race track, and he was thrilled with his result. “The organisation and levels of participation were great, and am I happy that I was able to participate in this race. I train every day in the Aspire Park but I am not affiliated with a club, I direct my own training. A big thank you to the organisers,” said Rachid, a Ministry of Defence employee.

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The fastest 10k female runner was Rebecca Botwright (00:38:10), who made a remarkable comeback after winning the race for three years in a row in 2013, 2014 and 2015. “I feel extremely proud to win the DC 2017 run, as last year I didn't compete because I had just had a baby, and in July I broke my foot. It was lovely to run in Aspire Park instead of roads for a change. I only took up running in 2011, when I came second in the first Doha College 10km race. I have a sporting background and used to play squash professionally, however will give any sport a go! I have been in Doha since 2009 and part of the Doha Bay Running Club since 2011.”

The best times in the 5k race were ran by Andrew Buckle (Male Veteran – 00:17:37) and Katerina Matousova (Female Open – 00:20:29), less than three minutes behind. Dr Steffen Sommer, the principal of Doha College and a runner himself, said about the race: “We are very proud to have the traditional DC run at Aspire Park, and grateful to Aspire for supporting us in this venture. We have the highest number of attendees in a long time, nearly 800, and this is thanks to Greg Evans from Evolution Sports Qatar, who did a fantastic job to recruit as many runners as he has. Educationally, it is a very important event, as well as for the general well-being of the students in our school and the wider community.”

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Greg Evans thanked those who helped make the race happen: “It was wonderful to see so many participants, from not just the Doha College community, but from the whole of Qatar. The dedication, energy and enthusiasm you all showed were commendable. This was the first time I have organised the Doha College Race and I am so proud to have been part of it. I would like to thank all of our volunteers on race day for their wonderful work, without them the race would not have been possible. A massive thank you to our race partners Tri-Club Doha, who provided the timing service for the race, and Dulsco for providing waste management and manpower for setting up the course. Finally, I would like to thank Evo Sports Qatar, Shangri-La Doha, and Nando’s, who kindly donated fantastic prizes for our winners.”