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Angela Mudge

Angela
Mudge

Angela is an experienced international athlete. She has competed for Great Britain and Scotland in hill running and cross country. In 2000 Angela was World Mountain Running Champion and she was 3 times runner up in the European Mountian Running Championships. She was Buff Sky Running Champion in 2006/7. In 2011 she was 2nd in the Commonwealth Ultra Trail Running Championships.

Angela competes for Carnethy Hill Running Club and Ochil Hill runners.

A qualified athletics coach and Angela was Scottish Athletics Hill and Mountain Running Coach for a period.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE SALOMON TRAIL TEAM?
2003 for a year then I was ditched whilst I had micro fracture surgery on my knee and asked back in 2006 when it became clear I would be competitive once again.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AND GOALS FOR THE 2012 SEASON?
I'd like to do the British Champs and a few new races abroad. I'm hoping to go to Skaala Opp in Norway

YOUR HIGHEST POINT OF YOUR CAREER?
I'd have to say winning the World Mountain Running Trophy in Bergen in 2000, although one of my best runs was winning Seirre -Zinal in 2001, where I was the first women to break 3 hours and had one of the best performances of my life.

AND LOWEST POINT?
My knee injury in 2004, it took several months to diagnose and then I spent over a year away from the hills trying to build my quads back up. It was the uncertainty as to whether I'd be able to run again that was the lowest point.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RACE?
In Scotland it is the Isle of Jura fell race, a classic course in a remote location

WHAT WAS THE TERRAIN LIKE?
I like rough steep terrain where you can break into a walk and not look too lazy!

WHAT SALOMON KIT DO YOU GENERALLY USE AND ENJOY THE MOST?
I train all the time in my speedcross, they're ideal for training as they have a bit more support than the average fell shoe and the studs aren't aggressive enough for racing in the UK but ideal for training in.

HOW DO YOU TRAIN DURING THE SEASON?
Use a combination of running and cycling. The majority of my training is on the hills or on forest trails with cycling supplementing miles.

WHAT WOULDN'T YOU RUN WITHOUT (SHOES DOESN'T COUNT!)
A dog whistle for when Canna decides to go rabbitting on a remote hillside

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURTIE TRAINING ROUTE?
Stuc a'Chroin from the south, a really runnable ridge offering tremendous views of the Highlands. It's completely different from the rough race route.

IF YOU COULD COMPETE IN ONE LAST RACE – WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc - it might finish me off!

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAINING OR RACING PARTNER?
Canna and Arkle my 2 jack russell terriers are my favourite training partners, they don't try to burn me off, never complain if we go to far and can be chucked in a ruc sac when their knackered

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