From the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU):
The 4th edition of the IAU Trail World Championships take place on July 6th in Llanrwst, North Wales, Great Britain. Both male and female trail world champions Erik Clavery (FRA) and Maud Gobert (FRA) will be in attendance in North Wales to defend their titles. The International Association of Ultrarunners are organising the 4th Trail World Championships in Llanrwst, North Wales Great Britain.
The championships are taking place on July 6th 2013 (9am UK time). The beautiful town of Llanrwst is located in North Wales alongside the River Conwy. Very close to the race site, and towering over the Snowdonia Mountains, is the Gwydyr Forest where the race will take place. Men’s champion from the 3rd Trail World Championships, Erik Clavery (FRA) will be leading the men’s field. He has had considerable success in the last two years running trail events in Europe and around the globe. Silver medallist from 2011 Jason Loutitt (CAN) has pulled out of the event due to an injury. Patrick Bringer (FRA) will try to replicate his podium finish from Ireland. In addition, Torbjørn Ludvigsen (NOR) and Silvano Fedel (ITA) will be looking for a podium finish after just finishing out of the medal spots last time around.
In the women’s event, Maud Gobert (FRA) will be looking to repeat as champion again. She had a very consistent run in Connemara and will incorporate the technical components in Llanrwst to her advantage. Ceclia Mora (ITA) and Lucy Colquhoun (GBR), the other two podium finishers, will not be running in North Wales. Aurelia Truel (FRA), Cinzia Bertasa (ITA) and the current Commonwealth Trail bronze medalist Kirstin Bull (AUS) will be toeing the line with their eyes set on that covetable podium spot.
The competitors on Saturday will navigate their way through the trails taking them amidst several scenic sections. The five laps on the 15km looped course will allow the athletes to test themselves on a technical and exciting course. France had a strong showing in the team competition in Conneamara and they will be looking into defending their titles. Italy, Norway, Spain and the United States of America will be vying for those podium spots in the men’s team and Norway, Germany and Italy will have their eyes set on the women’s team podium as well. Host nations Great Britain will also be sending a very strong team to the championships.
The IAU plan to carry Live Updates on the website: www.iau-ultramarathon.org