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.