Pic: Britain's Jacob Adkin (credit: Corsa in Montagna)
The World Mountain Running Association has today launched a world rankings system.
The rolling 365-day system is designed to be simple, without hidden algorithms and takes into account positions at 70-odd races on the calendar, grouped into six categories. World Championships races are category "A", the highest, with Mountain Running World Cup events categorised as "B".
The current rankings are headed by Italy's Elisa Sortini and France's Sylvain Cachard. Ireland's Sarah McCormack and Zak Hannah are third and fifth respectively on the women's and men's rankings.
The rankings have been labelled by WMRA as a "a work in progress" and could be tweaked in response to feedback.
McCormack, winner of the 2019 Mountain Running World Cup, said: “This is a great resource for the mountain running community to keep up-to-date with events and top performances worldwide. I think it will also bring greater awareness about the variety of different mountain races taking place around the globe. Personally I'll definitely be perusing it to get ideas for new races to try in future!”
Britain's Andrew Douglas, men's winner of the 2019 Mountain Running World Cup, added: “I think it’s a really positive initiative for mountain running and gives some context to who the in-form athletes are, leading up to the championship events. Once travel begins to open up again and we can have international races with international fields then I think something like this really gives athletes extra impetus to climb up the rankings and compare themselves to the best mountain runners in the world.”