The two Africans were victorious in Ljubljana, Slovenia today at the 2019 World Cup Final held on the Smarna Gora Mountain - today in its 40th edition. But the ultimate biggest smiles were on the faces of Andy Douglas and Sarah McCormack, bringing to a close their campaigns to win the World Cup. Itâ€™s the day of their World triumph and is a reward for a full season of strong and consistent running. Douglas from Scotland and the Irish woman Sarah McCormack got to raise the 2019 Mountain Running World Cup represented by the crystal trophies today.
St. Maryâ€™s Hill overlooking the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana plays host once again to the final round (#7) of the World Cup of Mountain Running. Everything is ready for the Smarna Gora Race celebrating its 40 year anniversary. Once again it will be this great classic of the Slovenian mountain running scene that defines the final World Cup ranking.
Highlights from the recent World Masters Championships held in Puglia, Italy show this lovely southern town of Capo Gagliano and it's beautiful coastline where more than 1000 Masters (over 35yrs) runners competed to become the World Champion for their age categories. (Photo: Marco Gulberti)
The international mountain running race Chiavenna-Lagunc took place at weekend in Chiavenna, near the border between Italy and Switzerland.
The event is affiliated to WMRA and is a classic of Italian mountain running. It's known as "The Vertical KM of the records".
It's been announced that Ambleside in the UK's Lake District will be the venue for the 2020 International U18 Mountain Running Cup. Athletes from around the world will parade through Ambleside to launch a weekend festival of mountain running.
Warm conditions greeted more than 1000 runners arriving to Puglia in Italy from 25 countries. The hosts put on a great event in unseasonably warm conditions and titles were contested over 9 age categories for Men and Women. With a record number of starters the races were also hotly contested and some familiar names as well as surprise results unfolded. The races were held over 2 days with the Women and Men over 60 categories on Saturday on a 1.5 lap course while the Women and Men 35 to 55 year old categories were held on Sunday over a 2.5 lap course. It was a tough technical track and made a true test of mountain running abiity. Here's the full list of winners from the weekend's World Masters Mountain Running Championships:
This weekend it's the 19th World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Gagliano del Capo, Italy. Set in the heart of the Salento region, in the 'heel' of Italy, this area offers hot, dry conditions and beautiful, rugged coastline. Racing by the sea might be a departure from typical Alpine mountain running, but it certainly won't be easy!
The course is described as 'uphill/downhill' and it takes place on the Trofeo Ciolo race route. There are two distances - 6.5k (1.5 laps) and 10.9k (2.5 laps) - and the surface is mainly rocky, with some grass and a little road. The runners follow the coastline round, before heading back inland to complete a loop. The shorter route will have 330m of ascent and 207m of descent, the longer route 496m of ascent and 374m of descent.
The route has a bit of everything thrown in, from technical, rocky stuff to quad-busting steps cut into the cliffs. Then when the runners hit the more grassy terrain on their way inland, it's bound to be fast and frantic.
Athletes from the 60 - 64 through to 75 - 79 age groups will be taking on the short route on Saturday 28th September and athletes from 35 - 39 through to 55 - 59 age groups will be taking on the longer route on Sunday 29th. We will bring you news and updates via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
See more information about the races on the organiser's website and good luck to all those athletes taking part, representing their countries from all around the world.
It gives the World Mountain Running Association great pleasure to welcome to our team Kirsty Reade who will be assisting our activities on the Social Media side. She brings journalistic experience writing for magazines and newspapers, Kirsty is the editor of website Run247.com and can write in both French and English.
She will be managing the content and writing for us on our pages and keeping the Mountain Running community informed about our activities as we grow our brand so we are really pleased to have her helping us. Kirsty is a keen runner and will be a valuable addition to the WMRA team.