We spoke to Sarah Tunstall, GB mountain runner who bases herself in France for periods throughout the season. Sarah has had considerable success on the mountain running circuit over more than a decade. She finished 3rd in the European Championships back in 2008 and, more recently, has finished 2nd and 3rd at the World Championships and won the World Cup. In 2019 she won Grossglockner and Drei Zinnen. However, despite achieving great success over a number of years she has suffered from injuries which have forced her to rethink her approach to training. Here she tells us what she's learned from her setbacks and how she's found the right balance.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty created by COVID-19 it has been decided to postpone the WMRA International U18 Cup.
This event will now take place on October 17th, when we hope things will have returned to some form of normality.
I am Proud To Be A Part Of The Mountain Running Family: An Interview With Fujio Miyachi
In the latest of our interviews with the members of the WMRA Athletes' Commission we speak to Fujio Miyachi, a Japanese athlete who is incredibly passionate about growing the sport of mountain running in Asia. He wasn't one of those athletes who discover a great talent at a young age, but he was determined to improve. He talks about how mountain running has enriched his life and he wants others to experience that.
Let it be said that when things were at their worst, we were at our best
With the current COVID-19 crisis having such an effect on races and runners worldwide we wanted to reach out to athletes in different countries to see how they were affected and how they were coping with the situation. Many athletes in the worst affected countries, such as Italy and Spain, are very limited in being able to run, whereas for others the key restrictions are a lack of group training and obviously a lack of races.
It is sad news to report on behalf of the Italian athletics family and the World Mountain Running Association family that today saw the passing of Raimondo Balicco, 18 March 2020.
Raimondo was working since before the beginning of our organisation for the Mountain Running movement and was a founding member of the ICMR on 29th of September 1984 that would later became the WMRA. It was Raimondo who was the Technical Committee member for the ICMR and he became a Council member for the WMRA from 1985 until 2013. Following his retirement from the WMRA he was made a WMRA Honorary member.
We're learning a bit more about the athletes on the WMRA athletes' commission at the moment. We spoke to Irish runner Zak Hanna, who finished 6th in the 2019 World Cup despite, incredibly, only having taken up running at the end of 2015. He's a very exciting young talent and it will be great to see how he continues to progress in the sport in 2020 and beyond.
The WMRA recently travelled to Lanzarote to inspect the courses for this yearâ€™s World Championships and to work out the details with the organisers. Weâ€™re pleased to bring you some more information on the 2020 World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. An important point to note is that World Mountain Running Championship Classic distance races are to be held on Friday 13th November and the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship races will be held on Saturday 14th November.
Most mountain runners would admit to being pretty competitive people. Whether itâ€™s racing or training, many thrive on having others to pit themselves against. And if your brother or sister is also a keen runner that adds a whole new dimension â€“ sibling rivalry! Brother and sister Jacob and Scout Adkin grew up in Scotland and soon discovered a love of the hills. Scout has regularly represented Scotland in mountain running and was the UKA Junior Mountain Running Champion. In 2019 she finished 8th in Trofeo Vanoni and 6th at the International Snowdon Race. Jacob, having also enjoyed success as a junior, won the European Mountain Running Championships in 2019 and finished 8th in the World Championships in the same year. Both Scout and Jacob will be targeting the WMRA World Cup this year. We spoke to them about their sporting backgrounds and how theyâ€™ve always encouraged each other.