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Personal records were shattered this weekend when the 2016 running season kick-started in style with the ADCB Zayed Sports City 5&10k run attracting record numbers for the first run in 2016.

The second race of the three race series, presented by Daman’s Activelife, saw a number of runners set personal bests despite taking place just after the holiday season.

Steve Watson, Managing Partner of Gulf Multi Sport, said: “The start of a new year is always a popular time for new challenges to be set with exercising more high on the new year resolutions list.

“What was however surprising was the number of runners who came into the race already in good shape, especially after the holiday season. Coupled with the mild weather, it was great to see a number of runners achieve their personal best times. What a great way to start to the season.”

In ideal running conditions, the 5k junior course record was retained by 12 year old Megan Dingle in a time of 19:43 minutes who also won overall by over 2 minutes in the women’s category.

Emirati Osma Saeed, retained his unbeaten record in the men’s 5k in a time of 17:01 minutes. In the 10k event, whilst no course records were set, a record number of runners achieved PB runs with Moroccan Rachid Assrar finishing first in a time of 34:37 minutes with Christina Kersey taking the honors in the women’s category .

“The conditions were perfect so I had a feeling that a fast time could be achieved,” said Saeed. “I could not be happier to have set another personal best and I’m incredibly proud. This gives me great motivation to set even faster times for the rest of season.”

Once again, the appeal of the event attracted participants of all ages and fitness levels.

The third and final run of the series will be held on Friday 11 March and runners can purchase their tickets from premieronline.com