Team Malta took part in the 30th World Mountain Running Championships which were held at Casette di Massa, Tuscany on the 14th of September 2014.
In the Senior Men’s race (11.7km – 1100m elevation climb/450m elevation loss) Charlie Cilia (Agones) was first Maltese runner in ahead of Melvin Mifsud (Zurrieq Wolves Athletics Club) and Gerald Grech (Libertas). Overall they ran faster than representatives of 12 countries including those from Russia, Canada, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Serbia, Belarus, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra.
In the Senior Women race (8.4km – 710m elevation climb/245m elevation loss) Angele Sammut (St Patrick’s Athletics Club) was ahead of Carmen Hili (St.Patrick’s). Malta was the only small nation taking part in the Senior Women race and overall they ran faster than representatives of 8 countries including Australia, Turkey, Canada, Serbia, Hungary, Israel, Belarus and Macedonia.
The group was supported by the sponsorship of Perskindol Malta.
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What is Mountain Running
Just like traditional races as we know them, the philosophy of mountain running is based on the time factor, how to reach the finish taking the defined way as fast as possible. Mountain running competitions can be of 2 types: uphill only or uphill & downhill. Distances range from short routes of 3-7km to longer treks up to a maximum of 45km, and there are courses that suit every ability and age group, designed to eliminate danger. Equipment such as backpacks, sticks, ropes and compass are not allowed.
More info from the World Mountain Running Association http://www.wmra.ch