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Mountain running worldwide a focus of WMRA meetings - 26 January 2015 Print
photo_1.jpgThe annual winter meetings of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), an association under International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) patronage, whose membership in 2014 included 43 dues-paying nations, concluded in Monaco, today, Sunday, January 25, highlighted by lively discussion among its council members.
Representing Italy (Bruno Gozzelino, President), France (Pierre Weiss, acting General Secretary), USA (Nancy Hobbs, Treasurer), Bulgaria (Galia Puhaleva, Council member), Germany (Wolfgang Munzel, Council member), Slovenia (Tomo Sarf, Cuncil member). Turkey (Erhan Basoglu, Council member) and Poland (Andrzej Puchacz, Council member) and, but more importantly the sport of mountain running internationally, WMRA’s eight-member council covered an aggressive agenda in three days of meetings.
On charge IAAF, Paul Hardy, General Director, attended to the whole WMRA Council meeting, instead Essar Gabriel, IAAF General Secretary, gave a IAAF contribution at the meeting explaining the IAAF policy and program for next future.
At the WMRA Council meeting was present also Dobromir Karamarinov, as European Athletics Representant.
The agenda was packed with a myriad of topics from contracts to promotion, and included a recap of 2014 events as well as a focus to the future of the sport.
In addition to the full council meetings, several working groups met during this weekend.
In these sessions, finances and budget were addressed, as were regulations for the various WMRA-supported competitions.
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Uganda dominated African M.R. Chps 2014. Kenyan Kipkorir and Ethiopian Genet Yalew won Obudu race. - 08 November 2014 Print
2014obuduwm.jpgUganda dominated 6. African Mountain Running Championships but victory at the Obudu race was for Kenya and Ethiopia runners.
Kenyan Kembol Hillary Kipkorir won the tenth edition of Obudu race (clocked 1hr 02 minutes and 34 seconds) in front of  second Ethiopian Negera Abebe Dinkesa (first in 2012 and 2010, second in in 2013 and third in in 2009) with 1:03.09 and third Ugandan  Kiplimo Philip, ith 1:03.19.
In the women race the winner was – for another time (she won also in 2013 and 2011, for sample) - the Ethiopian Kassahun Genet Yalew (clocked 1hr 1minute and 20 seconds) in front of the junior world champion 2014, Ugandan Stella Chesang (with 1:01.31). Third finished another Ethiopian Ababel Yesshaneh with 1:03.03.
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6. African M. R. Championships at Odubu: a wonderful competition! - 07 November 2014 Print
2012obudu.jpgSix African Nations will be present at the 6. African Mountain Running Championships 2014: Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and, of course, hosting Country Nigeria.  Three of tem have female and male team (Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria), instead Cameroon has only team in the women race and Eritrea has only team in the men race. Ethiopia will be present with strong runners but not with official national team competing in the African Mountain Running Championships.
Two world champion 2014 and one winner of World Cup 2014 will run at the African Mountain Running Championships that will be held at Obudu Ranch Cattle on November 8th, 2014: Ugandian Isaac Kiproc (world senior men champion) and Stella Chesang (world junior women champion) and Eritrean Petro Mamu, winner of World Cup 2014.
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France Team men and Alice Gaggi winners at Trofeo Vanoni 2014. - 30 October 2014 Print
2014vanonimanifesto.jpgArnaud Bonin, Cedric Fleureton  and Julien Rancon  are the members of the France team who won the   57. Trofeo  Vanoni 2014 at Morbegno (Italy).  
It was the second time that France won this competition and France is the only nation (except of course Italy) that have won Trofeo Vanoni for more than one time.
In the female competition Alice Gaggi, world champion 2013, won for the second time the race and failed record of the race for only seven seconds!

A wonderful day and – as always– numerous spectators applauded the performance of the athletes: 403 men and 64 women!
As usual very good was the organisation of CSI Morbegno, LOC of the event.
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Trophy Vanoni 2014: there will be even Dematteis twins. - 16 October 2014 Print
2014_vanoni_preview.jpgGet ready for a parade of stars, get ready to see all national italian mountain running team. 
This year, the GS CSI Morbegno has really outdone and Morbegno (SO), October 26, at 57th Trofeo Vanoni and 31st Vanoni female, there will be the best in Europe to compete on the legendary track that climbs up to Arzo.
 
In the press conference to present on Wednesday 15th October  in the Council Room of City Hall Morbegno Giovanni Ruffoni gave the "bombshell": "This year we will also have at the starting line the Podistica Varaita Team which ranks the Dematteis twins: Bernard European champion and Martin European bronze medal, which already ran the Vanoni in 2007. " 
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Andrea Mayr (AUT) and Petro Mamu (ERI) dominated the final race of 16. World Cup Mountain Running. - 06 October 2014 Print
2014wcwinners.jpgRunners from eleven countries gathered on the start line of the 35. Smarna gora race, the final race of the Mountain running World Cup.
Before the final race, the winners Mamu and Mayr were practically known – only theoretically Mitja and Mateja Kosovelj could jump to the first positions.
Of course, this did not happen and Andrea Mayr and Petro Mamu became the winners of the first Mountain Running World Cup.
The overall result of 16. WMRA World Cup 2014 show in men result as winner the Eritrean Petro Mamu, second was Swiss David Schnieder and third Italian Alex Baldaccini. Another iTalian runner finished in the top position that is Emanuele Mazi (fifth). But at the end, seven nations had athletes in the first ten position: Slovenia with Mitja Kosovelj (fourth), Kenya with three runners: Isaac Toroitich Kosgei (sixth), Francis Muigai Wangari (seventh) and Hirum Wandangi (ninth), British Robbie Simpson (eighth) and  Austrian Stefan Paternoster (tenth).
Instead the overall result of 16. WMRA World Cup 2014 show in women result behind Austrian Andrea Mayr, second the Slovenian Mateja Kosovelj and third the Hungarian Timea Merény.
Following in the first ten position, there were three Italian runners: Alice Gaggi (fourth), Antonella Confortola (fifth) and Valentina Belotti (seventh); then Kenyan Lucy Wambui (sixth), British Sarah Tunstall (eight), Slovenian Jana Bratina (ninth) and German Malenie Noll (tenth). So finally athletes coming from seven different countries were in the first ten position.
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