Media Report on the upcoming commonwealth championships and entry list
The 2nd Commonwealth Mountain and Ultradistance Running Championships take place form September 23-25th 2011 in North Wales.
The championships this year comprise of three events encompassing the 24 Hour ultra run, The Up- and Down- Mountain race and 53km Trail run. The events are taking place in three different venues, Llandudno (24 Hours), Up- and Down- Mountain Race (Llanberis) and the 53km Trail run (Anglesey).
190 athletes from 18 nations will be participating in the 3-day championships and competing to take individual and team titles within the Commonwealth nations.
24 Hour Race (Sept 23-24th 2011, Llandudno)
The 24 Hour race takes place on Sept 23 starting at noon.
The race has several outstanding athletes in the field. A lot of these runners have been preparing for the Commonwealth Championships since we announced the event last year.
Jo Blake (AUS) will be hoping to lead the men’s team to another gold medal performance after notching up silver in Keswick 2009. He will be given a challenge from the local favourite John Pares (WAL) who ran an outstanding bronze medal finish two years back. Christopher Carver (ENG) will be leading the charge for a strong English team.
In the women’s race Sharon Gayter (ENG) is back to defend her title. Gayter, is the only returning champion in all the contested events, and will have her work cut out in Sharon Scholz (AUS), the current IAU Athlete of the Year who established several personal bests in the 2010 season. Perennial top performers Valerie Muskett (NZL) and Pauline Walker (SCO) will attempt to run top performances in Llandudno as well.
The 24 Hour run is on a 1-km loop. The course is on a tarmac based dual carriageway and is well lit for night time running.
The Up- and Down- Mountain Race (Sept 24th 2011, Llanberis)
The Up- and Down Mountain race takes place in Sept 24 start for women (1400hrs) and men (1530hrs).
Several runners in the event are coming off of strong performances at the recently concluded World Championships.
In the men’s event Billy Burns (ENG) was a podium finisher at the last edition of these championships. He will try to move up the podium in Llanberis. James Coubrough (NZL), Robbie Simpson (SCO) and Tim Davies (WAL) will all try to secure individual and team placing during the race.
In the women’s event, former European championship podium finisher Sarah Tunstall (ENG) will try to emulate her outstanding run from Keswick. She will be part of a strong English team including recent 5th place finisher at the worlds, Lizzie Adams. Hubertien Wichers (AUS) and Anna Barlett (WAL) will try to lead their teams to a podium finish.
The race is taking place in the village of Llanberis and will be run in the shadow of the famous Snowdon Mountain, the highest in England and Wales.
53.75km Trail Race (Sept 25th 2011, Anglesey)
The 53.75km Trail Race takes place in Anglesey on Sept 25th 2011 starting at 1045hrs.
This race is a new addition to the commonwealth championship programme given the growing popularity of trail running.
In the men’s event, current silver medalist from the world trail championships, Jason Loutitt (CAN) will be in the field. The competition also includes several fast Englishmen in Paul Fernandez and Allen Smalls. Brendan Davies (AUS) and Paul Halford (WAL) will try to land personal bests and podium spots.
In the women’s event, bronze medalist from Connemara, Lucy Colquhoun (SCO) will toe the start line. She will face former 100km world champion Lizzie Hawker (ENG) in the field. The race also included current 50km world Trophy Final winner, Emma Gooderham (ENG). In addition former world trail championship second place finisher Angela Mudge (SCO) and a former top 5 finisher at the World Trophy Final 2010, Helen Taranowski will also be in the field.
The trail race is scheduled in Newborough Forest on the Isle of Anglesey. The course is looped and will see the runners come by the spectators’ area frequently during the 53.75km event.
The Championships are avenue to promote the two disciplines of mountain and ultrarunning in the Commonwealths arena. The events have the support of both the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) and the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU).
Media and Communication Officer
Commonwealth Association of Mountain and Ultradistance Running