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Saillon - Ovronnaz (WMRA Grand Prix) Preview - 22 May 2008 Print

2nd WMRA Grand Prix Race

Saillon-Ovronnaz -Saturday May 24th 

Preview - Wyatt and Pichrtova begin as race favorites.


2008 WMRA Grand Prix second race. - 22 May 2008 Print

2nd WMRA Grand Prix Race


Saturday May 24th 



The Valais region of Switzerland is host once more to a top-level mountain race. Athletes return to the now familiar course which winds through vineyards between the two famous thermal bathing pools at Saillon and Ovronnaz.

The big guns renew their contests of last year and any disturbance to their dominance would be a surprise.

The current double world champion (short and long distance) Anna Pichrtova (CZE) looks in unbeatable form. Her most likely serious opponent Martina Straehl (SUI), winner of the first GP race (Grand Ballon – France) does not appear on the latest entry list. Victoria Wilkinson (GBR), last years GP silver medallist, the last one to beat Anna at the end of last season, second behind Straehl at Grand Ballon, will be hoping for a repeat win. Antonella Confortola (ITA) should also be strong after a season of cross country skiing with the Italian national team.

Women run the same 10km 800m climb course as the men. This is Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) territory. Having just missed out on an Olympic marathon qualifying time Jonathan will concentrate on the European mountain running circuit leading up to the World Trophy in September.

His main challenger in many Grand Prix races, Marco Gaiardo (ITA- last years GP winner) must wonder what he has to do to record a win over Jonathan in these uphill only races. The time difference between them is quite small so the competition is a mental one as much as physical. Other men who will hope to make a mark are Joe Symonds (GBR) fourth in last years World Trophy, Andrzej Dlugosz (POL), silver in last year GP, and Steve Vernon (GBR) second in the Grand Ballon.


Danny Hughes

WMRA Grand Prix. 2008 - 02 May 2008 Print
First Race Grand –Ballon (France) May 1st.

Emmanuel Meyssat (FRA) and Martina Straehl (SUI) have started the season with fine victories.

WMRA Grand Prix 1st Race - 29 April 2008 Print

28th Montee du Grand Ballon

Willer-sur-Thur (France)
The first of seven WMRA Grand Prix races gets under way in the Alsace region of France on Thursday May 1st The men race over a 13.2km course which has 1241m of ascent. The women race over a shortened course of 8.5km and 832m of ascent.


5th World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge Review - 27 April 2008 Print
1__anna_pichrtova_climbing_pen-y-ghent.jpgAnna Pichrtova sets new record
(Photo P.Hartley)

900 athletes and supporters descended on the tiny Yorkshire (England) Dales village of Horton to contend for the World Championship titles on offer for the winners of the 54th Three Peaks race. Thankfully, the weather forecasters got it completely wrong and instead of the forecast heavy rain, running conditions were ideal under high cloud and mild temperatures.

5th WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge - 23 April 2008 Print
Athletes from twenty countries come to Yorkshire

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