We can all run, but joining a running club is fun and motivational
Time Out Dubai staff
ABRaS AC The ABRaS AC is primarily focused on endurance running with training aimed at road running from 5km to a marathon. The club trains all year round and although training may be considered tough, they still vow to accommodate all abilities. Membership: Dhs350 (for juniors). Various locations, www.abrasac.org (no number).
Athletics night These nights are designed to bring together male and female athletes of all ages. Runners will compete against opposition of a similar ability. The events are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m, divided into age categories. Dhs30. Sat 6pm. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, email@example.com (04 369 7817).
Dubai Creek Striders This no-nonsense, long-distance running club was formed in 1995 by a man of near-mythical stature, Malcolm Murphy. The Dubai Creek Striders welcome anyone who can run 10km without a break. Routes are measured to the last minute and metre, and take place at 6.30am on a Friday (though it’s not uncommon for some DCS members to be out pounding the pavements earlier than that). Anyone wanting to join should check the website for details (the routes for weekly runs are posted online every Wednesday or Thursday). Dhs10 per run, Dhs3 park entry. Novotel, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubaicreekstriders.org (no number).
Dubai Road Runners The Dubai Road Runners’ motto – ‘You don’t stop when you get old. You get old when you stop’ – sums the club up perfectly. Runners meet at Jumeirah Beach in front of the entrance to Umm Suqeim Park every Saturday at 6am, and can choose to run one or two laps of the park (one lap is 3.4km). Each runner predicts their own time and those who get closest to their prediction win a prize. Dhs5. Jumeirah, www.dubairoadrunners.com (no number).
Reebok Run Club Run by Urban Energy Fitness, this club has a wide range of training programmes making it the perfect introduction to all things running. Dhs50 per single session, packages available. Oasis Centre Mall, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).