Press Room

Sat 11 Feb, 2017

RAK HALF DELIVERS YET AGAIN

In the preceding decade of great half marathon racing, the RAK Half Marathon, one hour north of Dubai, has built a reputation for delivering absorbing head-to-head racing and usually, lightening quick times. The 11th edition was no exception, at least, not in the sense that there was any danger of it falling below standard. Because what actually happened was that both men’s and women’s...

Fri 10 Feb, 2017

RAK HALF SERVES UP A FEAST, AS PERES JEPCHIRCHIR BREAKS WORLD RECORD

The world record for the women’s half marathon was broken this morning at the 11th edition of the RAK Half, as Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, last year’s IAAF World Champion for the distance, breasted the finish tape in 65:06, taking 3 seconds off the time of compatriot Florence Kiplagat, set in Barcelona just under two years ago.On the way to this unexpected mark – she suffered from...

Thu 09 Feb, 2017

Tirunesh Dibaba Back To Full Power

The first elite athlete to arrive in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) for the Emirate’s annual half marathon this Friday (February 10th), it is hard to argue with the suggestion that Tirunesh Dibaba, the 31 year old Ethiopian who for nearly nine years has held the world record for 5,000m, is already the greatest female distance runner in history. In relaxed mood on Wednesday afternoon two nights before the...

Wed 01 Feb, 2017

Greatest Ever RAK Half Threatens Records

The intense spotlight of the global road running community, falls on the 11th edition of the RAK Half Marathon on Friday 10th February, where perhaps the greatest combined day of men's and women's half marathon racing in history beckons. Arguably the strongest ever women's half marathon field has been gathered and the Men's field too just oozes class, with twelve men able to boast best marks below the...

Fri 12 Feb, 2016

Legese and Limo shine on day of celebration for world's fastest half marathon

Birhanu Legese and Cynthia Limo proved they are the best half marathon runners in the world on current form with two very different but equally enthralling victories at the 10th anniversary edition of the RAK half marathon this morning. For the 22 year old Ethiopian Legese it was a repeat of his sprint finish tactics in Berlin and Delhi last year which once again saw him take a 3rd major victory over...