More than 600 runners lined up for the sixth annual Doha College 5km and 10km run at Aspire Zone on Saturday, 12 November.

Runners aged from 12 years to 70 years waited as the Tony Migliozzi from the USA who competed and won the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 50Km World Championship the day before sounded the starter’s horn. Participants completed between two (5km) and four (10km) laps of the Aspire Zone facilities within four different categories dependent on age.

The 10km race was won for a third time by marathon runner Andrew Jones in 32 minutes 29 seconds while former Commonwealth and Olympic silver medallist Liz McColgan took the female win with a time of 43.32.

Megan Dingle was crowned as the female 5K overall winner with a time of 18:28 and Kenyan security guard, Ongeri Michael Douglas raised the medal for the men’s 5km in 16:17 as he competed in his first ever professional race.

Doha College Principal, Dr Steffen Sommer praised the efforts of all the participants, whether they run, jogged or walked around the course.

He said:

Congratulations to our winners in each category, many of whom were successful in previous years.’

Race Director Nicola Symons thanked the sponsors and the community for their ongoing support.

Symons said:

It was great to see some participants collect their first race medal as well as hearing about those who had recorded personal bests.’

‘We are very privileged to have former Olympian, Liz McColgan and the USA 50K team participate in the race. It was a pleasure to watch the athletes run alongside our community, supporting and encouraging the runners around the course. I would like to give a special mention to our sponsors, Aspire Zone Foundation, The Torch Hotel and the many volunteers and marshals from Doha College, who were a major contribution to the event’s success.’

Events Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation Mr Abdullah Al Khater said he was pleased to partner with Doha College. He added:

We are delighted to have hosted the Doha College 5km and 10km run at Aspire Zone for another year and pleased to see so many participants in the race. One of our main areas of focus is encouraging the local community to stay fit and healthy, and we are always keen to organise and host events that support this aim.’

‘Thanks to Doha College for choosing Aspire Zone once again as their preferred sporting destination, and we look forward to hosting future editions of the race.’

Winner of the 10km race Liz McColgan said she enjoyed winning the race for the first time in preparation for her marathon event in Sterling early 2017. She added:

It is a great race and gets better every year, I am 53 years old and feel energised through running. I hope I can inspire more people to see the benefits of staying fit and running.’

Winner of the 10km race Andrew Jones, who is Head of DT at Al Khor School, takes part each year in the event and is an outstanding runner with a very efficient running style. Andrew explained:

I have competed in many cross country events and half marathons throughout my career. I run everyday and average 16K. My advice to anyone is to enjoy whatever sport you do and don’t take it for granted.’

10K Winners

10K Junior – Male             No finishers

10K Junior – Female        Natalia Wazny – 47:16

10K Open – Male               Andrew Jones – 32:39

10K Open – Female          Katie Chatterton – 46:09

10K Veteran – Male         Andrew Buckley – 37:12

10K Veteran – Female    Moira Lowe – 44:02

10K Master – Male           Jeff Collingwood – 40:17

10K Master – Female       Liz McColgan – 43:32

5K Winners

5K Junior – Male                Martin McColgan – 17:52

5K Junior – Female           Megan Dingle – 18:28

5K Open – Male                 Ongeri Michael Douglas – 16:17

5K Open – Female             Ann Firth – 23:11

5K Veteran – Male           Essam Al Jalal – 19:57

5K Veteran – Female       Lisa Watkins – 25:17

5K Master – Male              Stephen Andrews – 22:10

5K Master – Female         Cindy Babski – 26:29

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