The World Mountain Running Cup will reach the second round this weekend with the Grossglockner Berglauf race in Austria.
The 22nd edition of the race takes place under the shadow of Austria’s highest mountain (at 3798m), Grossglockner, and previous winners have included Jonathan Wyatt, Anna Pichrtova, Andrea Mayr, Antonella Confortola, Filimon Abraham, Petro Mamu and Sarah Tunstall (pictured).
The 13km race with 1265m of ascent starts in Heiligenblut and follows the river initially, before climbing up to the famous Briccius Chapel, past the quaint Trogalm hut, then the ‘Pasterze’, the longest glacier in the Eastern Alps, before the final lung-busting climb of 900m to the summit. The summit finish at the famous Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe, with (hopefully) stunning views all around - a great reward for all who run the race.
Britain's Charlotte Morgan will be seeking to extend her lead in the series after her win at Tatra, Poland, last month. She was seventh the last time the race was staged in 2019.
Kenya's twice world mountain running champion Lucy Murigi, Alice Gaggi of Italy, who was second to Morgan in Poland, and Lucie Marsanova of Czech Republic should challenge. Kenya's Purity Kajuja Gitonga, who was second in 2019, also returns. Louise Mercer and Charlotte Cotton are other Britons who hope to be up near the top.
Germany's Filimon Abraham, who won the race in 2019, is back to defend his title on the men's side. Italy's Henri Aymonod, who was third and one place behind Abraham in Tatra, will also be there. Cesare Maestri, who was second in the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships, could be in contention. Kenya's Geoffrey Gikuni Ndungu is hoping to go one better than his second place in 2019. Ireland's Zak Hannah, who won the Marathon du Mont Blanc Vertical Kilometre last weekend also hopes to challenge.