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Mountain running worldwide a focus of WMRA meetings - 26 January 2015
photo_1.jpgThe annual winter meetings of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), an association under International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) patronage, whose membership in 2014 included 43 dues-paying nations, concluded in Monaco, today, Sunday, January 25, highlighted by lively discussion among its council members.
Representing Italy (Bruno Gozzelino, President), France (Pierre Weiss, acting General Secretary), USA (Nancy Hobbs, Treasurer), Bulgaria (Galia Puhaleva, Council member), Germany (Wolfgang Munzel, Council member), Slovenia (Tomo Sarf, Cuncil member). Turkey (Erhan Basoglu, Council member) and Poland (Andrzej Puchacz, Council member) and, but more importantly the sport of mountain running internationally, WMRA’s eight-member council covered an aggressive agenda in three days of meetings.
On charge IAAF, Paul Hardy, General Director, attended to the whole WMRA Council meeting, instead Essar Gabriel, IAAF General Secretary, gave a IAAF contribution at the meeting explaining the IAAF policy and program for next future.
At the WMRA Council meeting was present also Dobromir Karamarinov, as European Athletics Representant.
The agenda was packed with a myriad of topics from contracts to promotion, and included a recap of 2014 events as well as a focus to the future of the sport.
In addition to the full council meetings, several working groups met during this weekend.
In these sessions, finances and budget were addressed, as were regulations for the various WMRA-supported competitions.
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Uganda dominated African M.R. Chps 2014. Kenyan Kipkorir and Ethiopian Genet Yalew won Obudu race. - 08 November 2014
2014obuduwm.jpgUganda dominated 6. African Mountain Running Championships but victory at the Obudu race was for Kenya and Ethiopia runners.
Kenyan Kembol Hillary Kipkorir won the tenth edition of Obudu race (clocked 1hr 02 minutes and 34 seconds) in front of  second Ethiopian Negera Abebe Dinkesa (first in 2012 and 2010, second in in 2013 and third in in 2009) with 1:03.09 and third Ugandan  Kiplimo Philip, ith 1:03.19.
In the women race the winner was – for another time (she won also in 2013 and 2011, for sample) - the Ethiopian Kassahun Genet Yalew (clocked 1hr 1minute and 20 seconds) in front of the junior world champion 2014, Ugandan Stella Chesang (with 1:01.31). Third finished another Ethiopian Ababel Yesshaneh with 1:03.03.
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6. African M. R. Championships at Odubu: a wonderful competition! - 07 November 2014
2012obudu.jpgSix African Nations will be present at the 6. African Mountain Running Championships 2014: Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and, of course, hosting Country Nigeria.  Three of tem have female and male team (Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria), instead Cameroon has only team in the women race and Eritrea has only team in the men race. Ethiopia will be present with strong runners but not with official national team competing in the African Mountain Running Championships.
Two world champion 2014 and one winner of World Cup 2014 will run at the African Mountain Running Championships that will be held at Obudu Ranch Cattle on November 8th, 2014: Ugandian Isaac Kiproc (world senior men champion) and Stella Chesang (world junior women champion) and Eritrean Petro Mamu, winner of World Cup 2014.
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