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Marathon effort for charity
By NOOR TOORANI , Posted on » Saturday, December 10, 2011

MORE THAN 2,000 athletes raced to raise funds for local charities yesterday during one of Bahrain's biggest annual sporting events. The Media Authority Affairs team were the overall champions yesterday in the 31st annual Bahrain Roundtable Marathon Relay.

The event is expected to raise over BD15,000, organisers predicted at the end of the event.

Runners started and finished the relay at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), Sakhir, in support of local charities.

Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) chairman Shaikh Talal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa ran the first leg.

A total of 141 teams ran the 48km race in 16 legs of approximately 3km.

Participants were divided into schools and colleges, under-18s, mixed, men and women's teams, information technology and communications, hotels and restaurants, financial institutions, sports and social clubs, airlines and construction companies.

The route took runners through different terrain as they set out from the BIC to Zallaq Highway, towards the Royal Golf Club, Riffa, behind Askar, behind Sakhir and towards the new airfield before returning to the main road to the finish line at the BIC.

This year's event was sponsored by Chevron, Dilmunia, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Arwa water, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Budget, the BIC, Bahrain Athletics Association, General Organisation for Youth and Sports and Bahrain Marshals Club.

No particular charity has been selected for donation this year and the organising committee is open to approaches from organisations.

"Our point of view this year is that any charitable organisation can approach us and after reviewing the proposals we will distribute the money accordingly, since there are so many charities in Bahrain," said organising committee chairman Theunis Strydom.

The organising committee is made up of 16 active members of the Bahrain Round Table organisation.

Assistance at the event was provided by volunteers, including those from Bahrain Marshals Club and St Christopher's Senior School sixth form students.

"On behalf of the Bahrain Round Table I want to thank all our sponsors, supporters, runners and volunteers, as the success of this year's event is thanks to them," said Mr Strydom.

"It was an incredible turnout and I am extremely happy about the event, which just proves that the Bahrain marathon relay is a wonderful fun day out where people from all walks of life meet and help raise funds for the needy."

The marathon relay is the biggest charitable event organised by the Bahrain Round Table.

Through sponsorships and entrance fees, last year's event raised around BD18,000, with 175 teams taking part.

Other winners:

Open ladies category: Bahrain Road Runners Ladies

School/under 18: Naseem International School A

Second school/college: St Christopher's Teachers A

Bahrain sport/social clubs: Bahrain Road Runners A

Hotels: Gulf Hotel

Airlines: S I A E C Flyers

Financial institutions: Gulf International Bank

Construction teams: Koheeji

Sponsors' trophy winner: Arwa

IT and communications: Almoayed Group

Most improved team: Bahrain Hash House Harriers

Hash House Harriers: Bahrain Black Hash


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