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PhD Alumna Enters University’s Sports Hall of Fame

School PhD student among three new inductees
Angela Mudge

Angela Mudge is a Scottish, British and World Champion in hill and trail running. Despite coming late to mountain racing, and a physical disability in childhood, she rapidly excelled, winning multiple titles in domestic and international competition, as well as breaking countless course records.

Angela’s remarkable athletics success has come despite the challenge of being born with clubfeet and requiring corrective leg braces and plaster casts during her early years. During her teens, she raced on the track and in cross-country championships but found these insufficiently challenging. Upon moving to Scotland to obtain her Master’s Degree and subsequently PhD in Chemistry at the University, she discovered hill running where she has truly excelled.

Her domestic honour list is awe-inspiring. She has won the Scottish Hill Running Championships four times (1997, 1998, 2006 and 2013), the British Fell Running Championship five times (1997–2000, 2008), and holds the women's record on an extensive list of Scottish courses.

On the international stage, amongst others, Angela won the Women's World Mountain Running Trophy in 2000, the World Masters Mountain Running Championship in 2005 and 2010, and the Buff Skyrunner World Series in 2006 and 2007. She finished third in the World Mountain Running Trophy team championships in 1999, and claimed second in the European Mountain Running Trophy in 1999, 2001 and 2003. In addition, she won the World Mountain Running Trophy’s Women’s Team Championship in 2003, whilst also finishing second in the individual championships. In 2007, she finished first in the Everest Marathon.

Following her World Mountain Running Trophy triumph, she was one of only five Britons nominated at the 2001 Laureus World Sports Awards, alongside footballer David Beckham, rower Steve Redgrave, athlete Jonathan Edwards and boxer Lennox Lewis.

Angela continues to be active hill runner, while working for Scottish Athletics to develop the sport at national level - her energy, experience and enthusiasm are proving an inspiration to endurance athletes of all ages.

Thursday, June 16, 2022