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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.
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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.

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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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WMRA Grand Prix 2011, Round 2. The Grand Ballon Race (31. Ed.): 2. June 2011, Willer Sur Thur. - 31 May 2011 Print
gb2011jr.jpgThe Second race of the WMRA Grand Prix takes place on Thursday 2nd June 2011 at the Grand-Ballon Uphill Mountain race in Willer Sur Thur, France, near the German border.

500 runners will line up to climb the top of the Vosges.
There will be national teams from France, Switzerland and Belgium and these federations have chosen Grand-Ballon for their selection race for the next European Championship in Turkey in July 2011.
The best French Mountain runners will be vying to be crowned with a top podium finish.

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Martin Dematteis (Italy) and Lucija Krkoc (Slovenja) winners of the first Grand Prix race in Italy. - 22 May 2011 Print
arcowinner.jpg265 men and 96 women run the first Grand Prix race in Arco di Trento (Italy).

This competition was a relay races but for the WMRA Grand Prix 2011 an individual list was settled at the end of the race.
In the men individual Grand Prix result the best time was run by Martin Dematteis in 27.58.
Second was his twin, Bernard Dematteis, in 28.25 and third  was Eritrean Ogubit Gebrengus in 28.40. Following fourth Gabriele Abate in 28.55 and fifth again Eritrean Debessay Tessige in 29.03.
In the women individual Grand Prix result the winner was Slovenian Lucija Krkoc in 23.27 (best female time ever run in the race), whilst second finished English runner Emma Clayton in 24.06 and third arrived the better Italian runner Alice Gaggi in 24.18.

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At the start of the 2011 international season WMRA. - 20 May 2011 Print
arcotrack2011a.jpgOn next 22. May, with the first stage of the WMRA Grand Prix 2011 in Arco di Trento (Italy) began the international high level activity of the mountain running under the patronage of the WMRA.
The Italian race is the debut on the world calendar and is also a novelty because a relay race - for the first time - is inserted into the WMRA Grand Prix circuit: of course, will be a classification based on the individual time achieved by each competitor in his own leg of the relay.
Like all the Grand Prix races this competition has status of "IAAF Mountain Running Permit".
Eight countries have athletes entered the competition, namely Slovenia, Eritrea, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic and of course Italy.
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