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North Wales set to host 31. World Mountain Running Championships. - 15 September 2015 Print
2015_wmrch_logo.jpgLeading mountain runners from around the globe descend on North Wales this Saturday (19 September) for the 31st World Mountain Running Championships.
Competition is expected to be fierce once again after 2014’s hugely successful event in Casette Di Massa, Italy, with 32 countries taking part and more than 300 athletes expected.

British master runners dominated 15. WMRA/WMA MR Championships 2015 at Betws-Y-Coed. - 14 September 2015 Print
startwomen_master_2015.jpg424 runners finished their race at the 15. WMRA /WMA Master Mountain Running Championships at Betws-Y-Coed.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team thriumped winning a total of 48 medals (28 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze).
Other five nations won one gold medal: Italy, Germany, Ireland, USA and New Zealand (in the order in the medal table). Finally Norway kept 2 silver medals and 1 bronze.

The track was perfect for this kind of competition very well prepared by LOC staff and Officials of the Welsh Athletics Association.
Also logistic and other important organisational aspects were very well organised by LOC staff under the guide of Alun Pritchard (Conwy Office)  and with the contrrol by Tomo Sarf, WMRA Delegate for the event.
About weather, most part of the races were  run under the sun but some moments of rain there was during the morning.

15. World Masters Mountain Running Championships to start in North Wales. - 11 September 2015 Print
world_mountain_champs.jpg Athletes from 27 countries around the world are set to descend on North Wales this Saturday (September 12) for the World Masters Mountain Running Championships.
More than 600 athletes aged 35-79 have registered the World Masters event from countries including; Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Spain, Norway, Czech Republic, South Africa, Austria, France, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand, Finland, Kenya, Colombia, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Bulgaria, USA, Singapore, Hungary, Poland, Mongolia, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Canada.
It kicks-off an exciting week-long series of races and events in Betws-y-Coed which culminates in the World Mountain Running Championships, sponsored by Arriva Trains Wales, on September 19.

Abraham Kidane (Eritrea) and Antonella Confortola (Italy) are the winners at 7. Asitzgipfelberglauf. - 06 September 2015 Print
2015wc4kidane.jpgMany top runners had chosen the fourth World Cup race as test before the World Championships and some specialists for uphill-only races came here to show their top performance. 
The top field was really strong, probably the strongest ever at the World Cup race of this year.

Runners from 20 countries participated at this traditional Austrian race.

7. Asitz Mountain Peak at Leogang: fourth stage of 17. WMRA World Cup 2015 with top-lineup. - 05 September 2015 Print

bergsee-asitz-leogang.jpgThis coming Sunday, 06.09.2015, the 7th Asitzgipfel-Mountain Run will be held in Leogang.
The Asitzgipfel-Mountain Run is the only World Cup Mountain Run race this year in Austria with WMRA and IAAF-status, which is why the proportion of top athletes is expected to be very high.
The run is over 8 kilometres with 1,126 m difference in altitude and, in some parts, a 32% gradient, which is sure to demand everything from the athletes.
The finish is on the Grosser Asitz (1.914m).


Romania triumph at the 7. (ABAF) Balkan Mountain Running Championships 2015. - 24 August 2015 Print
abaf2015openingcerok.jpgSix Nations, with 48 runners (22 women and 25 men), was present at the 7th ABAF (Balkan) Mountain Running Championships 2015 held this year at Busteni, Romania.
Five Federations won medals.

Romanian Team triumphed winning ten medals in total: 7 gold medals (all the individuals and 3 in the team result) plus 1 silver and 2 bronze,; Turkey won five medlas: 1 gold medal, 3 silver and 1 bronze; five medals also for Bulgaria with 2 silver and 3 bronze; instead Moldova kept two medals (2 silver) and Croatia one medal (1 bronze). FYR of Macedonia, the sixth Nation present, didn''t won any medal.
Good organisation was guarenteed to this important ABAF event by FRA that in the future could host also events, under WMRA or EAA regulations: Ion Sandu, FRA new President, want to promote mountain running inside his Country and also improve organisation of the competition. Specially for mountain running in Romania there are wonderful venue where top class hotel are working and many facilities are available for organising international mountain running Championships: a few years ago WMRA President Bruno Gozzelino visited Romania togehter some Romanian Officials like Traian Badea, FRA Vice President, and he confirm this situation.

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