Over the last couple of weeks weâ€™ve been taking a look back at some of the greatest mountain runners of all time. Weâ€™re going to recap them with one article on the women and one on the men and then weâ€™re going to ask you to vote for your all-time greatest mountain runners, male and female. Which runners will be crowned WMRAGOAT? We will open the vote in the next couple of days.
If you've been following our 'greatest mountain runners of all time' (#WMRAGOAT) series on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you'll have seen that Angela Mudge has been a very popular nomination on that list. Living in Scotland and starting out in hill running and fell running, Angela proved a very tough competitor in mountain running. She achieved 3 World Cup victories, won the 2000 World Championships and came 2nd in 2003, as well as notching up a large number of victories in mountain races around the globe. Since then she has given a huge amount back to the sport and is currently the National Lead for Hill and Mountain Running in Scotland. We spoke to her to find out more about her career highlights and what her future running plans are.
It is with much regret that the WMRA has decided that the Mountain Running World Cup in 2020 should be cancelled. This is a very difficult decision but in the end we feel it is the right one to ensure that our Mountain Running athletes, race organisers and all volunteers and spectators stay safe in these uncertain times. WMRA always want a fair and exciting competition and we have seen that many runners would not be able to attend World Cup events and we would not want to put any of our Mountain Running community at risk.
We've been getting to know our members of the WMRA athletes commission over the last few months. Next up it's SĂˇndor SzabĂł, the Hungarian athlete who finished 8th in the 2019 World Cup. He got into mountain running by accident and he's never looked back!
Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look back at some of the greatest mountain runners of all time. Weâ€™ll be reminiscing about epic races, learning which legends inspired generations of runners and finding out what some of those legends are doing now. First up, we speak to Melissa Moon, two-time World Mountain Running Champion. It turned out sheâ€™s been doing some reminiscing herself. She found these old photos to illustrate our article...
I would like to thank all our mountain running community for their patience and positive comments during this difficult period for everyone. We are updating our calendar with the latest information we have from our race event partners. Our priority is that people who participate or organise the events are safe and when it is possible to begin to run and start the events we will follow the guidelines set out by the National and Local Governments of the locations where the races take place.
Mayayo Oxigeno of Carreras de MontaĂ±a spoke to Joe Gray and Grayson Murphy, both of team USA, and both winners of the classic mountain races at the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships in Villa La Angostura (Spanish version of article below but interview in English).