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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).


Romania and Turkey in the top places at Balkan M. R. Championships. Bulgaria and Serbia won medals. - 13 June 2011 Print
2011balkanteam.jpgIn Dimitrovgrad (Serbia) was held the third Balkan Mountain Running Championships where seven Balkan Conntries were present, with a total of 74 runners at the start line.
Turkey and Romania won both four gold medals; Turkey in total took ten medals (plus four silver and two bronze); instead Romania gained in total nine medals (three silver and two bronze). On the podium also Bulgaria with one silver and two bronze medals and host Country Serbia who obtained two bronze medals. But really interesting were the presence of Albania, Greece and FYR of Macedonia with important top position in some races.

3. Balkan Mountain Running Championships in Serbia on 12. June 2011. - 08 June 2011 Print

balkanlogo2011.jpgThe beautiful town of Dimitrovgrad is ready to host the national team coming from Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and of course Serbia, host Country, for the 3. Balkan Mountain Running Championships 2011.
LOC is still waiting the confirm for the presence of athletes from Montenegro and Moldavia.
Bosnia-Herzegovina will be absent.


Swiss David Schneider and Bernadette Meier-Brandle won second Grand Prix race in France. - 03 June 2011 Print
grandballon3.jpgThe 2. stage of the 2011 WMRA Grand Prix resulted in two new senior champions for 2011. Thursday 2nd June was a national holiday in France and at Willer sur Thur, a field of 500 started in this 31st running of the Grand Ballon uphill event (1200m of ascent).
It was a seasoned international field that were
chasing the podium positions with many elite runners from European countries.
Pre race favourite David Schneider (SUI) was the emphatic winner in 1.00:55 minutes ahead of French favourites, Gorge Bourrier(1.01:42) and defending champion Julien Rancon (1.02:18).
The women's race was won by Bernadette Meier-Brandle (SUI) in 48:53 whilst the runner up was Adelaide Pantheon (FRA: 3. junior women at the last World Mountain Running Championships 2010) in 50:54. The winner's team-mate Angela Haldimann-Riedo (SUI) took third place (51:29).


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