MUSCAT: The Himam Trail Run Race wrapped up an exciting race that was held as part of the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate Festival, the Al Jabal Al Akhdhar Festival. A field of 345 runners from 23 countries participated in the event during the weekend, infusing an electrifying vibrancy into the festivities.
Dubbed as the 'Taster Runs' ahead of the main Himam Trail Run Race in November, the event consisted of two races both for adults and kids, allowing all segment of the community to take part. The 10-kilometre race for adults commenced from the Amir of Qatar castle, nestled above the village of Sayq.
The route led participants to a mountain trail meandering through Al Shareija's farms and culminating at the charming village. Continuing
through a falaj path, the trail ascended to the village of Al Ain, subsequently reaching Al Aqr village. Participants embraced a competitive spirit as they navigated a dirt path to Dusit2 resort, triumphantly crossing the finish line close by.
In the 10 km race, Abdullah al Quraini (Oman) secured the first place with a time of 51:04, followed by Mohsen al Hatmi (Oman) in second place at 52:13 and Amjad al Jamoudi (Oman) in third with a time of 52:48.
In the female category, Ruth Sebastian Alonso (Spain) claimed the top spot, clocking in at 1 hour 23 minutes and 15 seconds, followed by Rahela Abdolamir (Yemen) at 1:28:27, and Natalia Rozario (UK) at 1:29:07.
The second race covered a 4-kilometre distance, inviting children to embark on an adventure from Hail Al Yaman. As nature embraced the trail, participants culminated their journey amidst an exuberant crowd at the park, where cheers echoed in celebration of their achievements.
The closing ceremony also served as a moment of homage to veteran champions hailing from Al Jabal Al Akhdhar, who have etched their legacy in mountain running. Khaseef al Zakwani, Ali al Falahi and Zaki al Jamoudi were honoured for their profound contributions in the design and making of traditional and new trails.
Beyond showcasing athleticism, the Taster Runs captured the essence of camaraderie, unity and shared passion, uniting runners from diverse corners of the globe. As anticipation builds, the Himam Trail Run Race eagerly awaits participants for its main event in November 23–25, inviting all to embrace the spirit of adventure and exploration amidst the awe-inspiring panorama of Al Hajar Mountains.
Taster Runs Results
10KM Race – Top Female
(Oman unless specified)
1. Ruth Sebastian Alonso (Spain) 1:23:15, 2. Rahela Abdolamir (Yemen) 1:28:27, 3. Natalia Rozario (UK) 1:29:07, 4. Suad al Nasibi (1:31:04), 5. Zoe Rafferty (Ireland) 1:32:08, 6. Florencia Manzano (Argentina) 1:36:32, 7. Reem al Riyami (1:37:28), 8. Amani al Fulaiti (1:38:35), 9. Suhair al Harthi (1:41:28), 10. Julie Johnstone (UK) 1:42:42
10KM Race – Top Male
1. Abdullah al Quraini (51:04), 2. Mohsen al Hatmi (52:13), 3. Amjad al Jamoudi (52:48), 4. Ahmed al Fahde (54:08), 5. Majid al Jahdami (55:33), 6. Muath al Shuraiqi (56:15), 7. Mousa al Subaihi (56:39), 8. Yousuf al Subaihi (57:52), 9. Mohammed al Mandhari (58:32), 10. Asaad al Saqri (58:39)
4KM Race – Top Female
1. Manasik al Mahrouqi (25:58), 2. Mariam al Riyami (27:46), 3. Mitha al Saqri (30:55), 4. Intisar al Riyami (33:28)
4KM Race – Top Male
1. Nooh al Battashi (15:45), 2. Yousuf al Riyami (16:24), 3. Mudrik al Hatmi (17:22), 4. Al Hawari al Amri (17:45), 5. Abdulrahman al Fahdi (17:57), 6. Mishaal al Riyami (17:58), 7. Mohammed bin Ahmed al Maamari (18:24), 8. Turki al Maamari (18:28), 9. Yousuf al Fahdi (18:54), 10. Mohammed bin Nabil al Amri (19:12).