OMM Festival 2019 – What’s On
Aside from the hundreds of miles of racing to be done over the weekend and the beer tent and the lovely food, what else is there to do at the OMM Festival?
We take a look at what’s on offer for the whole family to enjoy all weekend.
From physio and massage, gait analysis and kit advice to navigation workshops, Mountain Marathon Q&A’s and guest speakers plus a super-cool kid’s 2km trail race, we’ve got a packed program of events for you to enjoy. – Emma, Festival Coordinator
DELICIOUS FOOD & BAR FROM BARRETT EVENTS
Once again the guys at Barett Events will be cooking up a storm all weekend with a great range of dishes and drinks to fuel your adventures. They have a great range of locally sourced, seasonal dishes; including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
you can check the menu out below:
FREE KID’S TRAIL RACE
Ready, Set, GO!
We can’t let the adults have all the fun!
We’ve planned an awesome free 2km kids-only trail race for Saturday at 4pm, to make sure all ages get the racing bug. Just like the adult races, the kid’s route will showcase some of the best trails and paths that Cannock has to offer.
Entry on the day – but you must register and you can do this from 3pm!
Nordisk Chillout Zone
Discover the Danish art of Hygge.
We’ve teamed up with the guys from Nordisk Outdoors to create the ultimate glamping chillout zone. The perfect place to relax after a hard day on the trails and some great inspiration for your next camping trip.
The Chillout Zone will be open all weekend and is free to enjoy.
FREE ADVICE, TALKS & WORKSHOPS
We’re a happy, helpful bunch at the OMM with a wealth of experience between us and like nothing better than to pass on advice and tips!
Have a question about kit? Pop into the shop and speak to James and his team or get yourself to one of the Kit Clinics below.
Have a question about Navigation, maps in general or any of the weekend’s events? Pop over to the information desk where our friendly volunteers will be happy to help.
If this is your 1st OMM event and you’re unsure of this is the place to go.
Remember there are no stupid questions!
Come along to our Kit Clinic on both Friday and Saturday night to learn more about what the pro’s use and what you need to take your next step into Mountain Marathons or off-road running. We will also have a really interesting look at injury prevention for runners; including warm-ups, cool-downs and strengthening exercises to injury-proof your running.
On Saturday evening we will also have an inspiring talk from Matt Hamspon, founder of the Matt Hampson Foundation supporting athletes injured through sport.
|8pm: Gait Analysis Workshop||6pm: Injury Prevention Workshop|
|9pm Kit Clinic – Going Fast and Light.
How much kit do you need to carry?
|7pm: Kit Clinic – See what to the pro’s take
for Multiday races, Ultras & Fell runs.
|8pm: Q&A with Chris Nicholson – inspirational wheelchair athlete and adventurer|
OMM FESTIVAL 2019 – CANNOCK CHASE
So you’ve booked your race and you’re training is (hopefully) going well. Now let us help you plan your weekend.
Whether its stuff for the family to do while you’re out on the trails or rest day activities for everyone, we thought we’d take a look around Cannock Chase and see what else there is to see and do.
The OMM Festival Event HQ is based right in the middle of Cannock AONB and there is loads to do to keep yourself (and the kids) occupied when you are not competing.
From mountain biking and pushchair trails to birdwatching and high ropes courses, it’s all there!
There are plenty of Cycling and walking routes right on the doorstep, so if your legs haven’t had enough or you fancy exploring a little more, check out these maps.
At Birches Valley Forest Centre (5 mins drive or just over 1 mile walk/cycle) you will find Cannock Chase Cycle Centre for bike hire (including e-bikes) and Go Ape if you fancy monkeying around!
Cannock Chase visitors Centre is also a short walk away and amongst other things has an adventure playground, bird watching area and electric mobility scooter hire for a very small fee should any of your group need some help getting around (call the Visitors Centre on 01543 876741.
So go and have an explore, there loads on offer for all ages and abilities.
See you out there!
Adventurer Chris Nicholson to set Guinness World Record completing the OMM Festival’s 10km trail race in a wheelchair
For all but a few Elite runners, Mountain Marathon’s are a test of your mental and physical mettle. Your determination to succeed pushes you through normal barriers and as you experience challenges it redefines your limits. When Chris Nicholson turned up at the OMM office in his wheelchair, we thought nobody had better exemplified this mental grit to get things done.
“But there will be rocky sections and tree roots with drop-offs, and we can’t be sure how the weather will have changed the surface,” we explained when he told us that he wanted to compete on the OMM Festival’s trail race.
Chris’s response, “I need mud, rock and countryside. If there is a stile I’ll get out of my chair and haul it and myself over it. You set the challenge and let me worry about how to get around it.”
Pretty difficult to argue with and, as many OMM competitors will experience, there is often a moment when self-doubt creeps in and they question whether their body can get them through the challenge; it would be unacceptable for us to focus on Chris’s disability rather than his ability. So he’s in!
The race is the 10km Outdoors Magic Trail Race which is part of the OMM Festival, being held on the first bank holiday in May (3rd – 5th May). Over 1000 people are expected to attend and take part in a mix of activities including OMM Lite and OMM Bike score courses plus flagged trail races at Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km distance. The Festival is OMM’s way of opening the fun and adventure of Mountain Marathons to people at earlier stages in their off-road career, giving them a bit of advice along the way and letting them share it with their families. We don’t promise sun, but it is a lot more likely than it will be in Scotland in October later this year for the main event.
Chris explained that he had looked around for a trail race he could take part in but all the event organisers he spoke to said they couldn’t cater for disabled athletes. He didn’t see any reason why the accident that occurred on the rugby field should confine him to the tarmac, something that he had already proved with a record setting summit of Mount Snowdon in 2017.
The race will be attended by Guinness World Records, who will create the first Wheelchair Trail race record. The race has support from Paralympians, Invictus athletes and military charities and we hope it will lead to new opportunities for disabled competitors in the future. If you would like to enter and race alongside Chris then click here. If you have any special requirements then please contact organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to discuss how we can support you.