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Can't be many regular runners that have not run a parkrun Dubai . Unless you know different ?
Shades - despite what parkrun HQ say, they're races, or at least you can race them if you want to, you'll find enough competition. They're a long way from being a pure 'fun run' in the way that, say, race for life is. Yes, they're a bit short if you're marathon training, which is why I tend to use them as a quicker section of a long run. Run there, parkrun, run home. But then I happen to have plenty to chose from, from 3 miles away upwards. Not so easy if your nearest is 15 miles away.
I take your point about the course though. There are a few round here I don't bother doing, because they're virtually cross country courses, not my cup of tea at all. Plenty are hard-packed path or tarmac though.