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GP opening at the Grand-Ballon (21st May 2009) - 20 May 2009 Print
emmanuel_meyssat-2008winner-reduced.jpgThe first scoring event of the WMRA Grand-Prix 2009 will be held at the Grand-Ballon Race in France on May 21st.

This is a season-opening race where top runners like race favorite Jonathan Wyatt assess their fitness and French citizens prepare for their National Championships.

The New Zealander is back on the top of the Vosges after his first success here in 2004 when he set a course record (58:19) on the 13,5km route that offers more than 1241m of elevation gain. Defending champion Emmanuel Meyssat is in good form having just won the second race of the French Mountain Cup in Seyssin-St-Nizier.

Congratulation! - 29 April 2009 Print
wyatt-wedding.jpgWe congratulate Jonathan Wyatt on his recent marriage to Antonella Confortola
and wish them much joy and happiness.

Sapareva Banya-BUL, 24.-25. April 2009 - 27 April 2009 Print
seminar-bulgaria1.jpgA Mountain Running Seminar was held in the Bulgarian tourist centre of Sapareva Banya, which is also the venue of the European Mountain Running Championships in 2010.

Athletic Federations from 18 Eastern European Countries were represented by 76 participants who wanted to gain more knowledge about this new athletic discipline.

Seminar was organized by the Bulgarian Athletic Federation chaired by the president Dobromir Karamarinov and supported by the International Athletic Foundation and technical cooperation of WMRA.
Mountain running experts were available to present their experiences and specific expertise gained from 25 years of mountain running development.

The following items were presented by the lecturers:

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.

WMRA Council

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