Results: OMM Festival – Cannock Chase

RESULTS & IMAGES.

A huge thanks from us for making the weekend a massive success. All images are below and FREE to download.

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See you next year!

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Results, Images, Reports: 51st OMM

Two thousand hardy competitors endured sub-zero temperatures and blizzards in the 51st Original Mountain Marathon held at the weekend.

The event, in the Black Mountains in south Wales, attracted 300 new entrants. The mountain marathon has been running for 50 years and is held at the end of October to guarantee challenging weather to test the skills needed on the UK’s mountains and exceptional early low temperatures of -12C ensured runners’ mettle was tested this year.

Teams of two have to plan a route to find a series of checkpoints and undertake an overnight wild camp before returning the following day. All the necessary gear and camping equipment has to be carried with the competitors. By the end of the first day, after 6hrs 35mins on the hills, skyrunning world champion Jonathan Albon and his champion triathlete partner Gudmund Viljo Arponen Snilstveit led the elite course by two minutes over seasoned elite OMM runners Nicholas Barber and Jim Mann.

The rest of the 2,000 competitors completed their routes to the overnight campsite near the hamlet of Capel-y-ffin, close to the Wales-England border. The runners spent a bitterly cold night under a clear sky before racing back to the event centre the following day. Albon and Snilstveit extended their lead over Barber and Mann as the newcomers quickly gained confidence to take the elite win, with an impressive third place for Edinburgh University team Alistair Masson and Tim Morgan.

Top elite mixed team was Hannah Moulton and Chris Jones, who were 10th overall. In the A-class, Yasha and Lova Chechik took the trophy, with top women Megan Wilson and Chloe Haines in eighth place. B-class winners were Edd Charlton-Weedy and Paul Horsfall. Rose Watson and Hannah Bradley were highest-placed women in 10th position.

Long-score victors were Tim and Rob Patterson; the mixed team of Brony Halcrow and Jon Davies took first place in the medium-score category and Timothy Rutland and Harry Middleton took the honours in the short score.

Phil Ward completed his 100th mountain marathon and Calvin Routledge and Robert Ashton won the Hutton Military Trophy.

We are encouraged by the increasing interest in the event. “It’s great to see the event still growing after 50 years and we’re pleased that the OMM is still inspiring new people to access wild spaces in the UK. The event fundamentally promotes sound mountain judgement and responsible use of our wild spaces.”The OMM takes two years of planning and involves a number of organisations, including mountain rescue.

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, in whose area the marathon took place, welcomed competitors to the Brecon Beacons. Team leader Luke Lewis said: “We’re happy to support the event. A lot of people will have seen how great the [Black Mountains] area is. It’s a great event. We’ve had a couple of team members taking part and have finished on the podium.”

Next year’s OMM will take place on 26 and 27 October 2019, with entries opening on 1 December 2018.

LIVE COVERAGE is on our social channels. If we do find signal, usually on a windy hilltop, we will post to our social channels linked below:

Results: OMM Alps 2018

A weekend of big ascents, heavy rain showers & epic scenery. 

Well done to all the competitors. It was a tough day for with team facing some interesting route options. Do they take on the big climbs or stick to the meadows and forests. The teams reported that the big ascents and changing terrain made judging the distance they could cover tricky.

For those competitors who were taking part in their first mountain marathon it was a steep learning curve both literally metaphorically but a positive mental attitude saw them through to the end of day one. The spirit of OMM is alive and well at the overnight camp, in spite of heavy showers and low cloud competitors had a chance to chat with each other, sharing stories of the day over roaring stoves and wet tents.

What an amazing weekend!!!! Well done to all the competitors and thank you for making it such an incredible event. Please tell all your friends and running partners so we can grow the event.

See you in Switzerland in September next year.

OMM Event Team.

Thoughts of the Technical Director

My job is it to provide the competitor with a memorable yet achievable challenge, and hopefully something that they can look back upon with fond memories. This obviously has to be reflected in the course and before I design the 4 courses for the OMM, I always reflect what the OMM Alps stands for. The most important thing that sets it apart from the main OMM is – the Alps. This OMM stands for big heights and big views. Naturally, this then includes long climbs and killer descends. I believe the course reflected this quite well. The longest climb of the race was faced by the A course and possibly the Long Score on the first day, climbing up from the Reintal valley to the Schachenhaus, an ascent of around 800 m. While this might not have looked like the cracker of a climb it was on the map, the section between 84 and 34 took the fastest team around 80 minutes with slower teams spending significantly more time on it. I hope the view from the Schachenhaus compensated for some of the sweat.

Competitors on the Long Score course on day one needed to carefully consider if they had the physical ability to take in the set of controls on the high ridge in the north before moving through the Reintal Valley towards the finish line. The many teams who incurred some substantial time penalties proved the point that some detailed planning and a good comprehension of ones physical ability can make the difference between a top and a disappointing result. I think this also reflects a major aspect of the OMM. It is not enough to be a strong runner and solid navigator; teams also need to make important decisions about route choice during the race, even if this looks at first like missing out some substantial points. For the B course on day one, the ascent straight after the start to the Eckbauer hopefully gave competitors a similar experience of a long ascent with the wide views of the Werdenfellserland from the top.

Apart from designing the course and allocating the checkpoints, compiling the map is the other main responsibility of the Technical Director. Coming from an orienteering background I place great emphasis on a highly detailed and accurate map. Unfortunately, the necessary scale of the OMM map of 1-30,000 always means a compromise between detail and generalisation. Unlike for the 2017 OMM in Austria, the map data available in Germany is very detailed which gave me the base for what I think was a fantastic map, a map that reflected the high standards of an OMM. The Garmisch map not only had all man made features such as the extensive track and trail network accurately mapped but it also showed the “lay of the land” in a lot more detail. With this I mainly mean contour details, but also water and rock features. The available information gave us much more possibilities to find challenging control post locations.

The reality of designing a course in the highly developed Alps means that there is a dense network of trails and paths, making navigation easier than say in the trackless highlands of Scotland. For me it was important that navigation was also an important part of the race and that teams who might not be as physically strong but were superb navigators, had an equal chance at winning. In short, a successful OMM competitor in the Alps has to be not only physical strong but also a good navigator. I try to achieve this with the location of the control posts and from feedback I got from the athletes this seemed to have worked reasonably well especially on the more rolling terrain in the centre of the map on day 2. My aim selecting control post locations was twofold: Firstly, giving the competitors the chance to move cross country between 2 control posts. In the dense forest and rough underground this needed solid map and compass work, a skill that is sometimes neglected in the age of GPS and Google maps. The second challenge was then to accurately navigate into the control circle from a safe attack point. The post itself was to be located at a definite location such as a spring, hill top or re-entrant which was equally clearly marked on the map. With the difficult terrain surrounding many controls, to accurately approach it without loosing time again needed solid compass and map work. Even the neglected skill of counting steps might have come in handy. Again, feedback from competitors seemed to be positive that a navigational challenge was appreciated and an integral part of an OMM, as long as the map is accurate and the post is in the right place. On the other hand this can also lead to frustration if a team could not locate a check point but this is part of an OMM also. Be assured that we take the setting of the control posts very serious. It took Stuart and me around 45 minutes to accurately place control 81 which was one of the more difficult ones. It might have been only around 300m from the nearest track yet we cross referenced the position walking into the control from 3 different attack points counting steps on a bearing to get it right. This control was definitely on the right place. Most of the other more difficult control post locations we either put out in with teams of 2 or had it checked by another member of the hill team after placing it. This we will increase further for next year’s edition. And lastly, I hope you forgive me the location of control 72: seeing those 2 rock pillars during the recce, and noticing that they were clearly marked on the map as well as scaleable, I just couldn’t stop myself from placing 72 right on top of it.

Here is a quick note on the location of the finish line on day 2 and the subsequent last minute change in the course. This is one of the realities of organising an outdoor race: while the hill team would like the start line/finish line/overnight campsite in the most amazing and remote location, the logistics team would prefer something like the lobby of the hotel/train station/check in area of an international airport. You get the drift? These locations are always a compromise between course wants and logistics requirements. Originally we thought to put the finish line inside the ski stadium: an iconic location right at the edge of town. However, Jürgen organized us the perfect logistics base in the town’s event centre, with toilets, assembly hall, catering, basically the whole lot. This was the deciding factor to locate the finish there as it was simply the best place considering all angles. However, this then necessitated to cross a frequently used railway line as well as a busy road. Having competitors all charged up for a final sprint dashing across a railway crossing just in front of an approaching train was just a little bit too much of a risk for me. Therefore it was decided to time out the section between the railway and road crossing, but leave the finish sprint into the event centre timed. However, when we set up shop at the finish line on Sunday a large fire engine parade and exhibition took place on the approach. While some teams might have made the dash across, others would have been delayed by the parade, making the whole section an uneven playing field. Therefore we decided to have the overall timing stopped at the railway crossing. I think this was the best of all the not so good options in these circumstances.

Before I talk a little bit about next year’s OMM, I want to mention all the other people in the hill team without whom there would have been no OMM Alps. You all know Dave, the senior of any OMM hill team, although senior does not do him justice. If I am as fit as he is come at his age, I have done everything right. Regarding course and navigation, our thoughts are similar and having somebody with his vast experience to bounce ideas off, I believe makes any OMM course so much better. I wouldn’t want to plan the next year’s OMM Switzerland course without him. After counting on Carsten not only for all recces, but also for collecting controls for the 2017 OMM it came as a big shock when I heard he broke half the bones in his shoulder going down some hill on a tricycle. This cut him out for any physical course work, but I am glad he still joined us guarding busy control 66 near the top of the cable car as well as doing the same with the last control on day 2 at the railway crossing: perhaps an inglorious job that had to be done by somebody. I am glad that Ronny had time to finally join our team. Ronny is not only the current Bavarian State orienteering champion but also a superb runner and therefore destined to collect all these controls in far away places. I think he appreciated the training he got and I am counting on his orienteering skills to put out controls in 2019. A late edition to the team was my friend Claus from Malaysia who then was tasked with troubleshooting any controls before it impacted on the race. Thanks to you all. My 2 young sons Jack and Lukas enjoyed handing out maps at the start and cheering with the bells at the finish and Jack now is raring to hit the age when he himself is allowed to compete in an OMM. And lastly there is Jürgen and his team who did all the jobs that are needed behind the scenes to make an OMM possible, most importantly getting us the permission to use this fantastic area, but also looking after all those nitty gritty jobs of finish line management, event centre, food and accommodation…. The list goes on! Peter and Dave (yes, same names) of the timing team did a fantastic job, expressed through the fact that there names weren’t mentioned because there were no problems with timing.

Now it is time to look forward to next years OMM in Switzerland. I have already procured the maps of the area and I am impressed how accurate the Swiss topo maps are. With this in mind, I hope I can continue with the approach of the 2018 OMM of coming up with challenging control post location that put emphasis on map and compass work. I have already very high expectations of both the map and the course I imagine.  I also noted that the terrain we are looking at is at least as steep as Garmisch, meaning equally impressive big heights and big vistas, even it this means the price you have to pay for this are again the long climbs and knee buckling descends that puts the Alps into the OMM!

GET TRAINING

See how everyone is training for this years race on Strava.

GET ADVICE

You can arrange lifts and ask advice in the Competitors Group.

Sunday at the Festival

14:00 – Provisional results from the BOK Trot orienteering races.

400 orienteers competed in the BOK Trot. Provisional results can be found below.

09:30 – Day 3 of OMM Festival begins!

Morning all. Today 400 Orienteers arrive for the Bristol Orienteering club races and it’s day 2 of the OMM LITE & BIKE.

The overnight leaders have left and are off on their chosen routes.

Orienteering starts at 10:30am.

10:45 – Saturday 5th May

The trail runners are off on the Outdoors Magic Trail Races. Good luck to all the competitors, you’ve got a perfect day for it. You can watch a video of the start on the OMM Facebook page.

09:30 – Saturday 5th May

The sun is shining and the first starts are off!! The OMM LITE & BIKE riders and runners are starting now. They first collect their maps which has the checkpoints they can visit marked on. After planning which checkpoints they’re going to visit they head out to see if they can find them.

The OUTDOORS Magic Trail Races mass start is at 10:30.

GET TRAINING

See how everyone is training for this years race on Strava.

GET ADVICE

You can arrange lifts and ask advice in the Competitors Group.

Saturday at the Festival

OMM Festival is Live!!

16:30 – RESULTS are LIVE here. 

Well done everyone!! What a perfect day. The shade of the forest was a welcome rest bite from the baking sun. Some excellent performances. Winners and leaders at the end of day 1 are as follows:

Outdoors Magic Half Marathon – Winner was Owain Jones from Bristol & West AC in 1:14hrs.

Outdoors Magic Marathon – Winner was Kevin Browne in 3:21hrs.

OMM Bike Short Score – Over night leader is John Owens with 620 points.

OMM BIKE Long Score – Over night leader is Ifor Powell from IPBike with 990 points.

OMM LITE Short Score – Over night leader isKevin Harding/Michael Burgess form Tring RC with 380 points.

OMM LITE Long Score – Over night leader is Christine Currie/David Currie form Southampton RC with 510 points.

10:45 – Saturday 5th May

The trail runners are off on the Outdoors Magic Trail Races. Good luck to all the competitors, you’ve got a perfect day for it. You can watch a video of the start on the OMM Facebook page.

09:30 – Saturday 5th May

The sun is shining and the first starts are off!! The OMM LITE & BIKE riders and runners are starting now. They first collect their maps which has the checkpoints they can visit marked on. After planning which checkpoints they’re going to visit they head out to see if they can find them.

The OUTDOORS Magic Trail Races mass start is at 10:30.

GET TRAINING

See how everyone is training for this years race on Strava.

GET ADVICE

You can arrange lifts and ask advice in the Competitors Group.

Friday at the Festival

OMM Festival is Live!!

19:30 – Friday 4th May

The first race of OMM Festival was the Orienteering courses organised by North Gloucester Orienteers. The 1 hour courses saw runners and mountain bikers head into the forest. The first finishers are coming back now and we’ll have the results up this evening.

The camping field is filling up last and an army of motorhomes makes an impressive sight. Everyone is setting up their tents and settling in for a chilled evening.

16:00 – Friday 4th May

We’re setup and ready to welcome competitors to the OMM Festival. It’s going to be an epic weekend with the OMM LITE & OMM BIKE events attracting double the entries of last year, 400 Orienteers & 150 Trail Runners coming together at one festival grounds.

This evening there will be a 1 hour warm up race for the Trail Runners & Mountain Bikers before everyone settles to the evening in the marquee or around the campsite.

GET TRAINING

See how everyone is training for this years race on Strava.

GET ADVICE

You can arrange lifts and ask advice in the Competitors Group.

Results & Images from the Festival

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You are welcome to download your images from the OMM Festival. Please also tag us in any images you take from your weekend as we would love to see where you got to on the courses.

We’ll continue to upload them through the weekend.

Have a great weekend – Team OMM

 Results – OMM LITE & BIKE

All results Saturday & Sunday can be found here.

 Results – Outdoors Magic Trail Races

All results from the Half & Full marathon  can be found here.

 Results – North Gloucester R2T2 Orienteering Races

Run results here

Run Splits here

Ride Results here

Ride splits here

GET TRAINING

See how everyone is training for this years race on Strava.

GET ADVICE

You can arrange lifts and ask advice in the Competitors Group.

Results OMM ALPS 2017

OMM Alps 2017

Thoughts of the Technical Director 

It’s already a few weeks since the first OMM Alps finished and I have used the time to reflect on the event. I think we managed to implement the British OMM criteria also for our Alps race. The focus of our effort was on the race map since we had similar high expectations of our race map as in Britain. We wanted a map specifically made for the event with the best possible geographic information. At the beginning our map maker had issues obtaining the most up to date information which lead to a rather negative surprise once we had a look at the first working copy. Too much information especially concerning the extensive track and path network was not adequate reflected in this prelim edition.

The first major change as a result of this was that we decided to enlarge the scale of the map to 1-30,000. While the traditionally used 1-40,000 map might be adequate to reflect the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands, it could not reflect the steep mountain slopes of the Rofan area. Too many geographic features were not visible. We were able to show the rough and steep mountain environment much better with the bigger scaled map. Next we had to update the geographic information. For this we spend days on end biking, running, hiking and crawling – yes crawling through the Alps. I never really knew what exactly a dwarf alpine pine tree is supposed to be – now I know. We mainly used a large scale Alpine Club map for our recce. Included were many dark green areas, defined as difficult to cross. However, in my experience ‘difficult to cross’ on these maps normally refers to the ‘wellness on the path hiker’ who prefers not to get their shoes dirty. So we attempted a route right through it. Well, this was a mistake as it turned out, we progressed about 500m in 1 hour, partly on all fours. We made sure that the areas of dwarf alpine pine trees were accurately reflected on our maps and possible race routes did not have to cross them.

It took us about a week in the field to get a reasonable overview of which trails still existed and which needed to be added. The redrawn mapped looked much better, pretty much ready for the competition. At the same time we spread a network of 60 control post locations all over the area on which we based the 4 different courses. While by tradition running in the Alps is rather done on trail, our target was to offer a direct cross country route between a fair number of posts and at the same time also a technically easier but longer route via tracks. I think this worked fairly well and especially on the score courses many team moved cross country off paths. It was also important for us to take the courses over the 3 main mountain ranges that ring Steinberg. The steep and rough Guffert as well as the Rofan range was traversed on the first day, the Unnütz on the second. Due to the unusually wintery conditions on day 2, traversing the Unnütz became a serious challenge for the teams. 2 of our control kites were nearly buried under 20 cm of snow.

Before I continue I should explain who is included when I talk about ‘us’ and ‘we’. My focus as technical director was the map and the different courses. For this I worked closely with Dave Chapman. Dave has worked for what seems like a lifetime for the OMM in the UK – as well as many other orienteering and running events. He is well familiar with all the details and requirements of an OMM. He is a real treasure drove of knowledge and experience. Furthermore he is like me an enthusiastic orienteer which brought us onto the same page for the expectation towards the quality of the courses and the map in particular. For his age, Dave is fantastically fit and he never relented, be it walking right through the woods with our bikes on our backs looking for obscure control post locations, crawling on all fours through the mentioned dwarf alpine pine tree forest or putting out posts in an arctic snow storm on Unnütz – Dave was always a cheerful comrade and trusty help. My gratitude also needs to extend to my friend Carsten who supported me on the initial recces and who later together with Björn collected many controls in wintery conditions. Jürgen and his team first and foremost managed the impossible and obtained permission for using this fantastic area and looked after all logistical aspects of the race. OMM UK was present with a large crew who helped with all aspects of the race while we could rely on their years of OMM managing experience. Furthermore there was Peter who took charge of the timing systems and Dom who supported the hill team.

Lastly I have to mentioned post 41. We all know that is was in the wrong location, in fact it was nowhere close the correct location. I am still annoyed with myself that I did not realize this before the start. A wrongly placed control in an orienteering type race is inexcusable. If this indeed occurs, it is nearly impossible to find a solution fair to all. We have listened to your justified complaints and hope the time bonus and points added made up for it. Post 41 became the topic of quite a few heated discussions during and after the event and we agreed on future measures which hopefully will prevent this to reoccur ever again.

We have already started to plan the 2018 event. It will again be in the Alps and we again will have a purposely made map. We will spend additional time out in the field to give you the best possible map combined with 4 challenging courses, 2 score and 2 linear options. I am looking forward to working again with Dave on maps and courses and hope to see you all again at the start line.

COMPETITOR UPDATES: OMM LITE Yorkshire Dales 2017

YORKSHIRE DALES

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend despite the very British weather! Thanks very much for competing.

Event Directors Report

Course Planner Comments

Please read the Competitor Information document here and download, print and sign the Kit Check and Declaration below before the event.

OMM LITE KIT CHECK AND DECLARATION

OMM BIKE KIT CHECK AND DECLARATION

5 Sep 17 – 4 days to go!

Arrival and registration. Access to parking and camping is through the Dales Countryside Museum car park – DL8 3NT. This and registration open 15.00 on Friday until 23.00. Registration is open again between 07.00 and 09.00 on Saturday morning.  There will be signs and our ever friendly volunteers to meet you.

Maps. In a change to previous Lite and Bike events, you will now receive your map at the start line. A different one on Saturday and Sunday that will be fully marked with all the checkpoints available to you on that day. Once you time starts you can then plan your route. You’ll be given a control description sheet at registration and any minor map changes will be on display in the planning area.

Massage. We will have 3 massage therapists to ease away those aches and pains on Saturday and Sunday.  You can pre-book on the signup sheet at the information desk.

Biosecurity. Please could all competitors ensure that their footwear and bikes are clean and free of mud before arriving at the event to ensure that we do not endanger the biosecurity of the competition area.

The weather…

Well the forecast is looking ……interesting….. everything from rain to sun. Please do not get caught out without enough clothing and leaking waterproofs, take another look at the kit list for the basic equipment we ask you to carry for your safety.

4 Sep 17 – 5 days to go!

Food and a bar will be available over the weekend from Matt and Fi at The Old Post Office.  Click here for the menu.  Remember hot food, a drink and cake is provided free of charge to competitors when you finish on Sunday!

For those who suffer from food allergies & intolerances, please do ask as they will stock alternative options which can be made to order.

29 Aug 17 – 10 days to go!

Hope you all had a good Bank Holiday Weekend – please read updates about the OMM Lite and Bike.

Location – Entry to the Event HQ field for all vehicles will be through the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, for lovers of Satnav the postcode is DL8 3NT.

Parking – This will separate to where you will camp on grass in the area right next to the camping field.  Our brilliant volunteers will be at the gate to meet you so please follow their instructions for parking and camping.    NO vehicles are allowed onto the Event HQ/Camping field.

Motorhomes/Camper Vans – You are welcome to bring you campervan/motorhome and we do have a small area of hardstanding for a few vehicles.

Changes to Competitor Details or Courses.  This can still be done by emailing emma@theomm.com by Fri 1st Sep 17 and after that date at registration.

KIDS ACTIVITIES

Bringing along younger children? Then why not join us for one of the following:

Stage 1 Cycles will be running the following Bike Club activities:

Saturday (and Sunday on request) @ 9.30am – for younger children beginner cycling fun activities.  Numbers for this are not limited, so you can just turn up. £2.50 per child.  Meet next to the Event marquee.

Saturday @ 10.30am – Intermediate level Junior Cycle Club.  Trail ride around the local area.  Please book this in advance by calling Helen or Mike on 01969 666873 to ensure you get a place and they have enough instructors.

Saturday @ 1630 – Advanced Level Junior Cycle Club.  Advanced MTB ride around the local area. Please book this in advance by calling Helen or Mike on 01969 666873 to ensure you get a place and they have enough instructors.

Stage 1 Cycles have several Childrens bikes/Balance Bikes for hire – give them a call for more information on 01969 666873.

Children’s Mini Orienteering Course – We will be setting up a mini orienteering course for kids around the Event HQ fields.  Come and see us for a map after the competitors have started on both Saturday and Sunday.   All children must be supervised by a parent/guardian during this activity.

DOGS – a quick reminder that dogs are NOT allowed on the course.  Well behaved dogs can be brought along to the Event but must be kept on a lead at all times.

UPDATE: 2 weeks to go!

Welcome to the competitor updates page for the OMM LITE & BIKE Yorkshire Dales event. Shortly we’ll be posting information you need before the event.

During the event we will also use this page to post the results and images from the weekend.

See you soon!

COMPETITOR UPDATES: OMM LITE Surrey Hills 2017

SURREY HILLS

Results are up!

Well done to the winners and all the competitors. What a fantastic weekend! We’ll upload all the pictures form the weekend over the next few days so check back to download yours.  Thanks again and we had a great time and look forward seeing you at the next event.

Team OMM

UPDATE: 28 JUNE 2017

Hi everyone,
It’s almost time for the OMM Lite Surrey Hills and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in this beautiful area.

A Reminder of the Location:

Off Row Lane,

South of Farley Green,

Nr Guildford

Surrey GU5 9ET

Be aware that the lanes are narrow approaching the Event HQ and there are is a lot of horseriding, walking and cycling in the area – please do drive carefully!

When you arrive:

We’ll be there to show you where to park/pitch your tent.   Then come on down to the marquee to register.  Registration is open from 3pm to 11pm on Fridayand from 7am to 9am  on Saturday.

Kit

The weather currently looks great BUT things could change so please make sure you are ready for any weather from high factor sunscreen and a cap or hat to waterproofs and a warm top (take another look at the kit list for the basic equipment we ask you to carry for your safety – any changes to this will be posted at registration on Saturday morning i.e. if the weather is forecast to be extremely warm).

Just in case the sun is warmer than expected here’s a quick guide to heat exhaustion so you can spot the signs and symptoms.

Water

Don’t get dehydrated – please ensure you carry enough water/fluids with you each day – there are no water stops. You can, of course, stop off at one of the villages dotted around the area to replenish your stocks.  Remember the hotter it is the more water you will need and the slower you may run or walk.    Electrolyte based drinks/tablets can help combat the minerals lost through sweat.

Cash:

Please remember to bring some cash if you would like to purchase food or drink or treat yourself to a sports massage as they may be unable to take payment by card and the nearest cashpoint is approx. 4 miles away.

Team Changes

If you need to make changes to your team or change the course you are on, this can still be done at registration.

Biosecurity – avoiding the spread of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS)

Although this is not a water based event, please could all competitors ensure that their footwear is clean and free of mud before arriving at the event to ensure that we do not endanger the biosecurity of the competition area.  More information biosecurity and why it’s so important here.

Questions?

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered then please get in touch with emma@theomm.com

OMM LITE SURREY HILLS 2 WEEKS TO GO,

Only 2 weeks to go!! Whether you’re coming for a chilled few days in the hills or a full on race weekend we look forward to seeing you in the Surrey Hills on the 1st and 2nd July 2017.  Here’s a quick update for you and keep an eye on your inbox for any final details running up to the event.

Please click here to download all the competitor information.

Competitor information and results will also posted on the website throughout the weekend here.