World Cup Mountain Running WMRA 2021: Krkonossky Half Marathon (Stage 6)
World Cup Mountain Running WMRA 2021: Krkonossky Half Marathon (Stage 6). Hot on the heels of the swiss Sierre Zinal race, won by Kilian Jornet and Maude Mathys, the series now moves on to Czech Republic.
The Krkonossky Half Marathon will host the sixth stage of the circuit, this time for the classic distance. The course covers a total of 22k/D+1.050m and will boast a great field led by Charlotte Morgan (GBR) and Abraham Filimon (ETH)
World Cup Mountain Running WMRA 2021
Krkonossky Half Marathon (Stage 6)
WMRA LEADING MOUNTAIN RUNNING, SINCE 1984
Formed in 1984, WMRA are the global governing body for mountain running and we have the goal of promoting mountain running for all ages and abilities.
As well as the World Cup they organise Masters, U18 and regional championships and this year we will work in partnership with the IAAF, ITRA and IAU to deliver the first World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Thailand.
WMRA WORLD CUP 2021: 23RD EDITION.
Races take place between June 2021 and October 2021 in 8 countries. There are 12 event locations and 16 races in 3 categories: short uphill; classic mountain race; long mountain race.
Runners can take part in as many races as they want, and they get points for their finishing positions. Their best 7 results in the World Cup races count towards their final ranking.
The points scoring format is cumulative. Finishing positions in a WMRA World Cup race range from 100 points for first to 1 point for 30th. There are separate competitions for men and women and athletes must compete in at least two races in order to be considered in the final rankings.
The current, reigning World Cup champions are Sarah McCormack and Andrew Douglas.
WMRA WORLD CUP 2021: Krkonossky Half Marathon (21k/D+1.050m)
A new addition this 2021 to the World Cup is the Krkonossky Half Marathon. Taking place in Janské Lázně in the Czech Republic on Sunday 15th August, this 21km classic mountain race with 1,050 metres of elevation is race six in the 2021 World Cup, our next classic distance race.
Janské Lázně is a world-renowned spa town, which is also one of the best ski resorts in the Czech Republic. It’s a quiet town with a rich history, located at the foot of Černá Hora (The Black Mountain, 1299 meters above sea level).
The town is connected to the top of the mountain by a cable railway and because of this and the ski-lifts and cross-country skiing tracks the town has become a top-level sports and recreation centre and a perfect base for trips into the highest Czech mountains, both for skiers in winter and for cyclists and hikers in summer.
Billing it as a half marathon might make it seem like a pretty standard race, but it’s anything but. At 21km, with a total elevation of 1,050m, this race really packs a punch.
The race starts in the centre of town (Colonnade Square), then proceeds to climb the mountain path across the top of Černá Hora Mountain to the small ski resort town of Pec Pod Sněžkou and then back down in a loop, finishing back at the square.
We’ve seen five fantastic races in this year’s World Cup already, and Krkonossky looks set to be another great race with a top field. Filimon Abraham (GER) has to be among the favourites in the men’s race.
With a recent second place at Grossglockner Berglauf and a long string of World Cup podiums dating back several years. Charlotte Morgan (GBR) has already won at Tatra Race Run, come third at Tatra SkyMarathon and 10th at Grossglockner Berglauf, and could add to her great run of World Cup results here. Like Morgan, Mocja Koligar (SLO) is flying high in our World Ranking and has finished third at Piz Tri Vertikal and sixth at Grossglockner in the last few weeks.
Koligar’s compatriot Timotej Bečan could also do very well in the men’s race. With a recent fourth place at Piz Tri Vertikal, seventh at Fletta Trail and sixth at Grossglockner. Other strong Slovenian athletes include Matic Plaznik and Gasper Bregar.
There will also be a strong group of runners from Kenya, including Joyce Muthoni Njeru, winner of Grossglockner and Fletta Trail, Geoffrey Gikuni Ndungu, who was fourth at Grossglockner and second at Fletta Trail, and Timothy Kimutai Kirui, third at Fletta Trail.
Raul Criado (ESP) had a good run at Tatra Race Run, but then a great run at Tatra SkyMarathon to finish in third place. He could be one to watch in the Czech Mountains. Lucie Maršánová (CZE) has had two top ten finishes in the World Cup so far, and as a ‘local’ she should get great support.
Sarah McCormak (IRL), our reigning World Cup champion from 2019, is on the start list and we hope to see her in action. She finished fourth in Fletta Trail, so is in form and will be one to watch here. Tímea Merenyi (HUN) has had three strong results in the World Cup so far this year, and is also expected to do well.
There may be changes to the start list due to the travel situation and we will do our best to keep you up-to-date.
World Cup Mountain Running WMRA 2021: Krkonossky Half Marathon Schedule
Saturday August 14th:
- 1.00 p.m. Start Czech Mountain Running Cup Super Janské Lázně – Černá hora
- 4.00 p.m. Award Ceremony Czech Mountain Running Cup
- 4.30 p.m. Opening Ceremony Mountain Running World Cup
- 7.00 p.m. VIP Banquet
Sunday August 15th:
- 9.00 a.m. Start Mountain Running World Cup Race
- 3.00 p.m. Award Ceremony Mountain Running World Cup
WMRA World Ranking:
Earlier this year the WMRA World Ranking was launched, seeking a clear, objective and easy to understand tool which has several key goals:
- To provide a race directory for the top mountain races all over the world
- To give a rolling 365 day ranking of mountain running performances, showing who the top mountain runners are today, based on current results
- To implement a transparent and easy to understand scoring system, with no hidden algorithms or formulae
Results of the World Cup races (and all mountain races) can be found on the World Ranking site. Read here how and why it was set up https://trailrunningspain.com/2021/04/06/wmra-ranking/