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GB athletes warm up for Wales at European Championships

by Press Release
Tuesday 14th July 2015

Race news: 31st World Mountain Running Championships 2015 - Wales, September 12-20, 2015

With just 60 days to go until the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships, which are set to descend on Betws y Coed, Wales this September, British athletes witnessed a medal rush for its mountain runners at the recent European Mountain Running Championships in Portugal. 

The Championships on the island of Madeira were an uphill only edition in 2015, but still excellent preparation for Wales, as athletes were released into the cauldron of international mountain running competition. 2013 World silver medalist Emma Clayton took a superb individual bronze, leading the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team to three team medals which included a gold in the senior women’s race, silver in the men's team race and bronze for the junior men. 

Clayton won her sliver medal two years ago, but on an up and downhill course, which if anything suits her skills even more so and was rightly ecstatic to win her first major medal at an uphill only Championships, stating after the race: "I really pleased. Practice makes perfect and I absolutely delighted to be on the podium. This is a real pointer to the World Championships later this year, which I now turn my attention to and after a few days rest I will start to focus on the Worlds and hope to get over to Wales to really look at the course in the coming weeks. 

"It's so exciting that the championships are coming to the UK this year and I think that our athletes are all really focussed on Wales in September and there is no reason why we can't better the medal haul we achieved in Portugal."

In addition to the World Championship races and the World Masters Championships the weekend before, the week-long festival from the 12th to the 19h of September will see a host of events that encapsulate the area, including open mountain races, an uphill only race to the iconic local peak of Moel Siabod, junior events, seminars and film sessions and a series of schools races to be facilitated by the Conwy County Borough Council sports development team. 

Entries to these events will start from as little as £10 and the organising teams from UK Athletics, Welsh Athletics and Conwy County Borough Council are confident that racing will be highly competitive and have added international flavour as runners are expected from across the globe. 

World Masters Mountain Running Championships and the Open Event programme entries are now live and can be accessed via www.wmrcwales.org/open-races

Further updates on the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships are available via the WMRC Wales website www.wmrcwales.orgTwitter and Facebook pages


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