Mountain running’s Nations Cup to fill competition void this weekend

England, Scotland and Ireland will be fielding teams on the Swiss-Italian border trail

Francesca Ghelfi

by Trail Running |

Some of Europe's top mountain runners will have a much-missed opportunity to compete internationally on Sunday as the newly created World Mountain Running Association Nations Cup takes place in Switzerland and Italy.

The event is being put on to fill the competition gap due to the scheduled world and European championships not being staged this year and will incorporate the following countries: Italy, Canada, Denmark, Wales, Germany, England, Ireland, Kenya, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland and Hungary.

Competing over the 19km course with 660m of ascent will be 100 runners, who will start in Promontogno, Switzerland, and go along the Val Bregaglia Trail to Chiavenna, Italy.

Valeria Straneo, the Italian record-holder (2:23:44) and former European champion and world silver medallist in the marathon, will make her mountain debut at the age 45.

The strong Italian team will also feature Alice Gaggi, who was third in this year's World Mountain Running Cup, and Francesca Ghelfi.

The Czech team will be led by Adela Stranska, who was fourth in the 2019 world championships. Others to watch for include Switzerland's Simone Troxler, who won the Jungrau Marathon in 2019.

GB mountain trials winner Scout Adkin leads Scotland's team, while Kate Maltby, who was second, is in England's team.

In the men's race, Kenya's Lengen Lolkurraru, who won Grossglockner Berglauf this year, will be prominent alongside Czech Republic's Marek Chrascina (CZE), bronze medallist from the 2019 world championships. Hungary's Sandro Szabo, who was second in the World Cup this year, is another who could challenge - as is Ireland's Zak Hannah.

Joe Dugdale (the European and world junior champion) heads England's team.

Main pic: Francesca Ghelfi (credit: Marco Gulberti)

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