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World Masters Mountain Running Championships

Betws-y-coed, Saturday 12th Sept

Last weekend the World Masters Mountain Running Championships kicked off a week-long series of races and events in Betws-y-Coed in Wales.  The Masters event (for athletes aged over 35 years) is normally held in a different country to the World Mountain Running Championships, but this year Wales is hosting both events over consecutive weekends.

The rain that had fallen overnight suited those from the home countries, and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Teams triumphed winning a total of 48 medals (28 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze).  Representatives from 22 countries took part, with Italy, Germany, Ireland, USA and New Zealand each winning gold medals, and Norway taking 2 silvers and a bronze.

Each race was held in 5 year age-band categories.  In the combined women’s V35 and V40 race which covered a distance of 10.6km and 500 metres of climb, Great Britain’s Anna Lupton (V35) and team mate Helen Berry (V40) set the early pace, moving away from the leading group after the first kilometre through the wooded climb.  Once out on the wide track and by the 5.6km marker, Lupton had moved ahead but the Holmfirth athlete continued to work hard, widening the gap between her and the chasing group.  Berry came home in 50:16 to take the V40 World title, well over a minute ahead of the second V40, Scotland’s Shona Robertson who had beaten her at the final British Championship fell race in Northern Ireland recently.  The Bronze medal went to New Zealand’s Paula Canning.  Berry also finished ahead of all the other V35 competitors.

With 22 countries participating, it was the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Teams who triumphed winning a total of 48 medals (28 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze).  Italy, Germany, Ireland, USA and New Zealand also each won gold medals, with Norway taking 2 silvers and a bronze.

This coming weekend five Holmfirth Harriers will represent England in a Junior Home International race held on the morning of the World Championships.  Olivia Sykes and Lewis Byram run in the Under 20 events, and Chris Law, in his first England vest, and sisters Erica and Lucy Byram are part of the Under 17 teams.

Full results (although shown together, each age group race was run separately): http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=2101

Pre-2012 news, results & reports are on the old sites: 2009 to 2011, Pre-2009

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