The MST guide to - mountain running

Posted in The Sweat by Matt Ward on Mon 03 Nov '08

© Rob Stephens

drink it in...

Okay, us lot in the UK call it fell running and we can probably trace its history back to when we chased dinosaurs up hills, but as the sport becomes evermore global (next year’s Mountain Trophy will now be known as the World Mountain Running Championships) we at MST are going to nail our flag to the mast of the World.


Gale force 9 - nowt to these lads and lasses

Described by some as a ‘crazy sport for crazy people’, who are we to argue? The all-seeing Eye at the IAAF do a nice little line in definitions too which pretty much puts it in a nutshell, but if shells and nuts aren’t your thing this comprehensive guide will keep you busy for an hour or two.

© John Shiels

Mountain leap-frogging is also taking off...

Yes, within the MST site your likely to find references to both terms, however to help make the world go round a little smoother we will share the splendors of mountain running with you all, whether racing, or just getting out there and drinking in the beauty…

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  1. Jason Nov 11, 01:31 AM

    Was just pointed in the direction of your site today. Have put it in my daily view bookmarks. Great job!

    I was surprised to see my silhouette in the second picture above, I’m the one on the left looking at the the ‘leap-froger’, maybe I was supposed to jump over him next!

    Just a quick errata, that photo was courtesy of a fantastic Mountain Runner photographer, John Shiels –

    He has snapped thousands here in the Irish MR scene. I guess you originally got it from the wednesday night runners blog.

    All the best,

  2. MST Nov 11, 01:58 AM

    Thanks for that Jason. The ethos of this site is to happily stand corrected, I’ll credit the photo to John Shiels.

    Good to see you passing through, and hopefully coming back. The aim is to post a new article everyday(!), so you’ll have something fresh to read each visit.

    Thanks again for the support


  3. Mick Hanney Nov 14, 01:10 PM

    Great site. Like Jason I’ve added this to my bookmarks for regular checking out. The imra site referenced by Jason has lots of hill running photos on events over recent years. John Shiels in particular has taken some wonderful snaps. If you’re ever over in Ireland try to coincide it with an imra event, you’d be most welcome.

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