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Possible record of Nations at the 10. EA Mountain Running Championship 2011 in Bursa-Uludag (Turkey) - 05 July 2011 Print
ealogomr.jpg27 nations will participate in the 10th European Mountain Running Championships on Mount Uladag near Bursa in Turkey on Sunday 10th July 2011.

Confirmed Federations competing in the uphill running event are: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and host Country Turkey, but also Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Montenegro and Serbia sent their preliminary entry forms.
Record of present Nations at the European Mountain Running Championships is 28 on 2005 in Austria (Heiligenblut). So it could be possible that this record will be broken this year in Bursa.
At the start  are announced about two hundred men and one hundred women divided in junior and senior categories.


6. International Youth Challenge 2011: again gold for Slovenia, together Poland and Russia. - 25 June 2011 Print

2011ygroup.jpgThe 6. International Youth Mountain Running Challenge 2011 was held in Gorenja Vas in Slovenia.
A record 13 countries competed (with a total of 75 athletes: 39 boys and 36 girls) on a very runnable mainly grass course which the athletes enjoyed.
In the medal table
first place for Poland with two gold medals and one bronze, ahead Russia (one gold and three silver) and host country  Slovenia (one gold, one silver and one bronze). Also Italy and Turkey won medals: one bronze each.
So finally five countries celebrated medals but a lot of other team were near to keep a medal!


The future of mountain running to 6. Int.Youth Challenge at Gorenja vas (Slovenia) on 25. June 2011 - 22 June 2011 Print

2011ygorenja.jpgOn Saturday 25. June 2011 young mountain runners from across the world will come together for the 6. edition of the International Youth Mountain Running Challenge in Gorenja vas, near to Ljubjana in Slovenia.
Slovenia is renowned for wonderful hospitality and this weekend will welcome the thirteen competing nations in this youth event, coming from Italy, England, Czech Rep., Russia, FYR of Macedonia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Turkey, Wales, and, of course, host Country Slovenia.
The Mountain Running Youth Challenge is for those born in 1994 and 1995.


Important development for mountain running in Great Britain:first UKA Mountain Running Championships - 20 June 2011 Print

2011ukach.jpgSteve Vernon and Victoria Wilkinson won the inaugural UKA Mountain Running Championships in Keswick on Sunday 12. June 2011, held in conjunction with the European Mountain Running Championships Trial (selection race for UK team that will be run in Bursa at the beginning of July) and incorporating the second round of the McCain Mountain Running Challenge.
It means that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will go to have their National title but this is the first Great Britain Championships!


Kosovelj prophet at home. Anglo-Saxon runners happy for the win in 8. WMRA Long Distance M. R. 2011. - 19 June 2011 Print
2011ldmrchmitjaw.jpg405 runners of 18 Nations started at the 8. WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge in Podbrdo, Slovenia: 320 men and 85 women. The race was linked with 10. Gorski Maraton štirih občin (GM4O), a race of 37,5-kilometer mountain track with 5000 meters difference in altitude (full results with times for section on the bottom).
It took a home boy at the 8. WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge in Slovenia  on 18.06.2011 to prevent a clean sweep of Scottish trio.
Mitja Kosovelj finished his job on home soil with some aplomb and beat the competition by more than a four minute margin with the time of three hours, 22 minutes and 32 seconds. Second in the finish line was Thomas Owens of Scotland (3:26:59), and bronze medal went to his younger countryman Robie Simpson (3:29:05). The podium was just a step  away from another Scotsman Jehtro Lennox (3:33:21), fith was Ralf Birchmeier of Switzerland in front of sixth-placed Czeck Petr Pechek.
»Sometimes you dare to dream about such an achievement, but despite all the hard work you do before the race you need sporting luck as well« said a humble Mitja Kosovelj. »Today it all went the right way for me even though I was in such pain on the last decent because blisters completly damaged my heel skin.«.

8. World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge 2011 in Podrdo, Slovenia (Distance 38km). - 16 June 2011 Print

2011ldmrch.2race.jpgSaturday 18. June at 8 a.m. sees the start of the 8. WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge in Podrdo, Slovenia, where the a great number of lovers of Mountain running will assemble to compete for this prestigious title over a distance of 38km (with 2500m uphill and 2800m downhill).
After memorable World Mountain Running Championships last year in Kamnik, Slovenia is going to host other WMRA international event this year.
The course is unusual because there is more descending than uphill running with a net drop of 300m (2500m uphill and 2800m downhill).


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