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WMRA Grand Prix preview. - 25 September 2008 Print
The sixth of seven Grand Prix mountain races takes place in SE Austria on Saturday 27th
Andrea Mayr (Austria)

It is classed as second level race which means that the points awarded are just 50% of those awarded for first level races.

Starting in the town of Puchberg (south of Vienna) the 10km course climbs 1200m to the top of the Hochschneeberg.

Recently crowned world mountain running champions Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) and Andrea Mayr (AUT) are both entered and should have little difficulty in recording emphatic wins.

A victory for Jonathan will give him a 100% points record (four wins) in the Grand Prix ranking, but since this event only attracts half the points of a first level race he will need to compete in the final Grand Prix in Slovenia to guarantee him a final first place overall. Chasing him will be Andrzej Dlugosz (POL) currently ranked 3rd; Markus Kroll (AUT) currently ranked 4th; and Ricky Gates (USA) who finished 12th in the World Trophy.

The womens Grand Prix leaders are notable for their absence - unless they turn up at the last minute. Andrea's nearest rivals should be Mateja Kosovelj (SLO) currently ranked 7th. With only one Grand Prix race completed, Andrea would need to compete in the final Grand Prix to reach the podium for overall ranking.

About 400 athletes (men and women) are entered and all compete on the same course.

Danny Hughes

24th World Mountain Running Trophy - 16 September 2008 Print
Adverse weather fails to dampen thrilling World Trophy
Andrea Mayr (AUT) Photo W.stinn

Jonathan Wyatt. Photo W.Stinn

Sierre/ Crans-Montana (Valais - Switzerland) and the Swiss Athletic Federation staged a record breaking Trophy event on Sunday 14th September. More men and women and countries (38) than ever before. Sierre was dry but overcast. Crans-Montana, 1000m higher, was shrouded in thick mist and drizzle. This did not detract from some fine performances.........


24th World Trophy Preview - 13 September 2008 Print
24th World Mountain Running Trophy - 14th September Sierre/Crans-Montana (Switzerland)
A record number of 39 countries will be sending athletes to compete in what will be the last World mountain Running Trophy.
Why the last? Because IAAF Council have agreed that from next year the highly successful Trophy can become a Championship.

The spectacular Valais Canton of Switzerland hosts the event for the second year in succession. Last year, Ovronnaz were the hosts.

8th Masters World Mountain Running Championships - 08 September 2008 Print
A total number of 619 masters age athletes experienced a magnificently staged mountain running occasion in the small village of Dolni Morava in the north of Czech Republic on Saturday September 6th 2008.

Feuerkogel - Ebensee – Austria - 11 August 2008 Print
WMRA Grand Prix - 5th race
Start list for 13th Feuerkogel Berglauf was nearly closed when two new names appeared: Marco Gaiardo from Italy and Andrea Mayr from Austria.

A view to the mountain on the day before the race showed similar picture as 11 years ago for European Trophy - the summit was covered with heavy clouds, but the weather forecast was promising sunny morning, ideal for the race.


WMRA Grand Prix - 4th event of the seven race series. - 04 August 2008 Print

The answer to the rhetorical question ‘Can anyone beat Wyatt?' (IAAF report on 31st July) is NO or at least, not yet


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