Directors & Senior Executive Report

The 2019-2020 season started with great momentum and promise. Over the summer TriClub Doha launched the Doha chapter of the worldwide New Balance Run Club with monday night runs at the Katara Hills running track. We improved our website and held a well-attended season launch at Dana Club which helped us increase our club membership by 7% to 489

Our racing season started off strongly in September with growing popularity in our Aquathlon Series, Running Series, and Duathlon Series at Qatar Foundation. Our seventh edition of our Triathlon Series kicked off in October with new sponsorship from GEMS, Doha Drug Store, Prime Power and Rayyan Water, seeing strong growth from new members and juniors. 

In December, the club introduced the Dukhan Watersports Club Ultra Triathlon, forming one of the races of the Qatar Triathlon Series, with an Ultra distance triathlon (2.25km swim, 80km bike and 20km run) as well as Olympic and Sprint distances. Our club members continued to make up more than half of the participants in the Qatar Triathlon Series and dominated the podiums at all levels. 

Besides the Monday run training, we added two new locations to our Tuesday swim training and continued our Wednesday and Friday group rides and Saturday open water swim training. We ran 14 free races for our club members; 6 midweek duathlons, 7 Saturday aquathlons, and our annual oceanman aquathlon races at Khor Al Adaid.

Our club members took part in 43 different Ironman events in 2019 and a strong field of 33 attended Ironman 70.3 Oman in February2020, where we placed 4th in the TriClub competition. A group of 20 club members were training hard for Ironman 70.3 Greece in April.

Our club continued to support sport in Qatar, supporting the Doha College 10K Race, Torch Run, Esrar Adventure Race, Qatar Foundation Obstacle Run and the growing cross-Qatar East-West Run.

However in March 2020 our season was cut short by COVID-19 which resulted in the closure of pools and beaches, and restrictions on gatherings resulting in the cancellation of all events from March 2020. Adjusting to the new reality our training moved towards solo training, virtual races involving Zwift cycling duathlons, and weekly solo challenges. Given the momentum that the season was building it was a huge disappointment for all of us to postpone the remaining races of the season. As the restrictions started to be lifted, we reintroduced the summer duathlon series at the new Olympic Cycle track, incorporating social distancing measure.

TriClub Doha continues to make Triathlon a very accessible sport within Qatar. Our wide-ranging membership base comprises complete beginners, juniors and seasoned athletes from over 54 nations, with a 64% 36% male and female split.    

Despite the cancellations of events, our solid start to the season ensured that the club made a small profit for the year and remains financially strong, growing our net assets to QR 442 Thousand.

We would like to share our appreciation to the organisations that supported the club and all individuals that volunteered for during the season, making sure our events were successful for all participants.

yours sincerely

Hatem El-Safty
Senior Executive Function

Ewan Cameron
Director

Hisham Rustom
Director