Introducting WMRA's Athletes' Commission

sarah tOne of the initiatives put forth by the WMRA Council at the January 2018 meeting, was to form an Athletes’ Commission. The purpose of the Commission is two-fold: to ensure that the Council of the WMRA is able to benefit from the perspective and expertise of past and current international athletes in its deliberations and decision making; and to provide international athletes with a formal mechanism for ensuring that their views on important matters are heard by the WMRA Council.

Council member Sarah Rowell (GBR) took the lead on the project and, with suggestions from the Council, outreached to athletes to be included in the launch of the Commission. This group of 12 has competed internationally to represent their nation in the mountain running space.

Jonathan Wyatt (NZL), WMRA president said, “I think traditionally there has been a bit of a disconnect between what is going on with the organisation of mountain running and what the athletes are experiencing.  New trends or problems never had a chance to be discussed. By starting a formal channel of communication we have a mechanism for athletes to have their say. My challenge to the panel is to make solid proposals and initiatives for the WMRA Council to consider. I see this as a great first step for athletes on the commission to learn about the running of their sport, have a say in the programming, and move from the commission and on to the Council itself.”

Get to know the Athletes’ Commission members through training tips they offer.

goranGoran Cegar (SRB) - You need to enjoy the nature and the environment that nature provides.





andrew DouglasAndrew Douglas (GBR) - My best advice for those starting out running on the mountains is to embrace the pain and be resilient! Mountain running is a tough sport, and no matter what level you are, running up a mountain is never easy. But the sense of achievement and satisfaction at the end is unmatched from any other element of distance running that I've ever participated in.



KasieEnmanKasie Enman (USA) - I think, for many people starting out, it's about comfort level on the terrain. I would start on trails that are familiar to you and gradually throw in some bits of adventure. That might mean going out for a hike you have done before and trying to run some sections as you go. Or heading out on a familiar running route, but looking for a new trail detour to add in along the way. The more relaxed you are, the better your body will be able to intuitively handle the terrain.




ANNAFROST UD2Anna Frost (NZL) - Mountain running is where it all began for me. With eyes wide open, surrounded by wonderful peopled runners from all over the world in incredibly beautiful places. A chance for us all test ourselves again the best of the world, on courses tough and stunning. It is important to me that this essence of running is kept alive, so that many runners, new and old, can also experience this wonderful world of mountain running. 


Joe gray1Joseph Gray (USA) - Make sure you progress into technical terrain training. It's better to slowly increase your threshold towards your comfort zone and learn along the way rather than attempt running over terrain that could cause you to get injured or worse. Be smart!



lamovec1Peter Lamovec (SLO) -  Mountain running is a sport in the environment, where every training is different to previous one. Mountains fill you with positive energy and inspire you to keep going. Of course, you must not forget the mountain running is tough physical activity. It must be doing progressively. When you are a competitor, the training process should be planned by a running coach. The mountain running is something you would like to do throughout life, thus the training increases should be small.  Only in that way you will enjoy that sport.

ManziEmanuele Manzi (ITA) - One tip for those running in mountains is, “buckle up well your shoes and run as fast as you can…”




Bartlomiej Przedwojewski (POL)

Puppi italyFrancesco  Puppi (ITA) - Don't be afraid to try new experiences; focus on quality and speed, work on strength and endurance: this is the key to perform well on any surface!



JR reduitJulian Rancon (FRA) - The most important is not to reach the summit, but the way to achieve it: Stay humble in front of the slope and tame it gradually!


Sarah Tunstall (GBR) –Don't be intimidated by mountain running. Courses vary considerably in distance, height gain and terrain. There is usually not one course that suits every runner. Try and work out your strengths and what kind of race will suit you best. (Pictured in intro)

zeilerTimo Zeiler (GER) - Put your running shoes on and use the nature as playground.