WMRA Grand Prix season to open in Grand-Ballon

WMRA Grand Prix season to open in Grand-Ballon

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For the fourth year, the Monté du Grand-Ballon in France will welcome the opening of the World Mountain Running Assocation (WMRA) Grand Prix.

Ahmet Arslan of Turkey, the five-time European champion and winner of the two last Grand Prix, has chosen the Grand-Ballon to begin his mountain season. Just back from Ethiopia, he's coming to the top of the Vosges to test his form before the next European championships at home in Turkey.

He will find in Willer-sur-Thur a high level race with three top Italian runners: Gabriele Abate, Emmanuel Manzi and Alex Baldaccini; the French runners Georges and Edouard Burrier; Adam Kovacs from Hungary (ninth at the last World Championships); British runners Osborne, MacMullan, Lockyer, Hobbs); from Czech Republic (Skalsky), and from Switzerland (Wenk).

In the women's race, this edition of the Montée du Grand-Ballon will be also a top race with at the start in Goldbach Valentina Belotti (Italy), Emma Clayton and Sarah Tundstall from Great Britain, Bernadette Meyer-Brändle (Switzerland) the winner of the 2011 race, Adélaïde Pantheon (France) and Skalnikova and Milesova from the Czech Republic.