Will trail and mountain running ever make the major games grade?
MST is not the first to ask if the likes of trail, mountain and cross country running will ever make it to the Olympic or Commonwealth Games. There are logistical hurdles to conquer, sure, but we think it about time that our great sport was recognised in these spheres…
In an age where lottery funding and athlete grants are everything to the aspiring elite runner the status of (lets say) mountain running would be greatly helped with major games status, and it would mean that the likes of Katie Ingram, and even Ali Brownlee, would not have to shun the sports that they clearly love in return for a move to an Olympic ‘programme’ of support in triathlon.
Course, there are those that will say that there is no money in fell and mountain running and we like it that way, and we may well agree on much of that sentiment, the sport is pure and untainted by the commercial money-grabbing and grubby tangle that riches sometimes bring. However, to help keep some of our talent pool intact, and to elevate the nature of the sport it is time to make strides in this direction – in our humble opinion.
As ever MST welcomes debate on this – it is the first day of The Debates after all!