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Mountain Running Seminar - 15 April 2009 Print
logo_seminar.gifOn 24th and 25th April 2009 in the city of Sapareva Banya, Bulgarian Athletic Federation, together with the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) will conduct a Mountain Running Seminar for participants from Eastern Europe and the Balkan Region. The project will come true due to the financial support of the International Athletics Foundation (IAF).

A tribute to Danny Hughes (14 June 1936 - 9 February 09) and a celebration of his life - 09 March 2009 Print
Danny was born in Seaforth, Liverpool, the oldest of four boys. His early memories were those of war time - sheltering under the table when the alarm sounded. When he was five the family moved to Penketh to escape the worst of the bombing.

Danny grew up surrounded by green fields, with the canal and River Mersey close by spending time playing football, cricket, and other sports. At the age of 13 he joined Warrington Athletic Club. While there he met Les Bristow, who was to become his greatest rival and best friend. Les introduced Danny to the wonders of the Lake District which included climbing the mountains in the Langdale Valley. At the age of 15 Danny moved to Wigan Technical and Mining College to do his O and A levels before going to Liverpool University in 1954 to study electrical engineering. Liverpool University opened up many more opportunities for athletic competition and Danny immediately joined the cross country team, which was very successful during those years, and took part in track athletics, holding the mile and half mile record for several years. He made many friends during this time and some of his cross country friends were members of the Christian Union. They invited Danny to some of their meetings and, during his final year there, he became a committed Christian.

WMRA President Danny Hughes died - 12 February 2009 Print
danny_hughes.jpgIt is with deep regret that we report the sudden death of Danny Hughes on Monday morning (9th February) of a heart attack aged 72 yrs. Danny was born in 1936 and lived in Cumbria, GBR. After graduation from university he worked as a nuclear engineer for 36 years.

He was a lifelong competitor on the hills and became English Masters (50) Champion in 1987 and 1988, and British Masters (50) Champion in 1988.

In the early 1980s it was Danny's vision to make mountain running an international sport. In 1984 he was one of the founder members of the ICMR and he became the first General Secretary. After the tragic death of president Angelo De Biasi, he became president of the ICMR, which later became the WMRA. Danny's tireless work has led to the recognition of mountain running by the IAAF and the acceptance of Championship status for the World Trophy.

The World Mountain Running Association will this year celebrate its 25th anniversary - sadly without its figurehead, Danny Hughes.

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World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge 2011 - 06 February 2009 Print

Slovenia have announced  their intention to bid for World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge 2011.
WMRA Council will consider all bids and make a decision in January 2010


WMRA Grand Prix 2009 - 02 February 2009 Print
The 2009 World Mountain Running Championships is included in this years Grand Prix

Jon Tvedt dies. - 20 January 2009 Print
norway_2008_091.jpgJon Tvedt, Norwegian mountain runner died on January 11th 2009 during a training run.

The run went up to a mountain called Gullfjellet, just outside Bergen, together with his brother Øyvind and his training partner Jan Fjærestad. It is normally a three hour run and one Jon did most Sundays. It was extremely bad weather with lot of wind and an mixture of rain and snow. After passing the top at about 1000 m, on the way down again, Jon got very tired and startet to totter.

Photo: Danny Hughes

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