Doha, 29 November 2020 - The picturesque Aspire Park and perfect weather for running provided the stage for the 4th Aspire Academy cross-country race on Friday (November 27) early morning.
A field of around 60 male and female youth runners from local Clubs, Al Ahli, Qatar SC, Doha Athletics Club and Sherborne School joined Aspire Academy student-athletes aged from 12 years to 18 for the competition.
It was a good display of some of the fine running talent in Qatar with strong races that delighted the sizeable watching crowd and the early fitness enthusiast who work-out in Aspire Park. Athletes lined up to run 2km for mini cadet, 3km for cadet and 4km for youth and junior races. Ahmed Alharbi from Qatar Sports Club clocked 6.52 min to win the boys’ mini-cadet race with Aspire Academy student-athlete, Ahmed Ibrahim in second place and Hassan Ibrahim of Qatar SC in third place.
In the girls’ mini cadet race, all three podium places went to Doha Athletics Club runners with Gabriella Franklin’s time of 8.05 min giving her gold, Vera Tramullas took silver and bronze went to Amelia Wichert. The Cadet race for girls was another All- Doha Athletics Club victory. Anna Sanchez’s time of 14.14 min beating Lily Schnurman and Zoha Siddiqui into second and third respectively.
Ashraf Hyder of Al Ahli club won the 3km boys Cadet races with a time of 10.03 min. He was followed by the Aspire student-athlete duo of Abdulsalam Alawi and Ibrahim Abdalla. Amelia Bennet was the only female runner in the female youth section. In the boys’ youth race, Qatar Sports club locked the front two places with Mohamed El Alami winning gold and his club mate Moatasem Al Raei taking silver and bronze going to Othman Dani of Al Ahli club. There was a home win when Aspire Academy student-athlete Housam Hrabi completed the 4km in 12.30 mins to win the Junior race. Suber Jama of Qatar Sports Club took silver and another Aspire Academy student-athlete Omer Elfadi claimed bronze. Speaking after the race, Housam Hrabi said, “It was really good to come out and run after months of training without competition. I enjoyed running against a strong group of athletes and very happy to win gold”