British Mountain Marathon Calendar

2019 is set to be another great year in the world of Mountain Marathons with some old favourites bowing out and new events stepping to the fore.

Last year saw the final running of the uber-classic LAMM, with a fitting farewell on the beautiful Isle of Harris. Thankfully for those of us who looked to the LAMM for our annual Highland Fix, Ourea events took up the mantle and launched the all new Scottish Mountain Marathon for this year. It promises to be a beaut, upholding the spirit of the original.

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Event: Great Lakeland 3 Day
Date: 4-6th May 2019
Location: Lake District
More informationwww.greatlakeland3day.com

Overview:The SILVA GL3D™ is an adventurous three-day mountain marathon with a unique, relaxed and friendly atmosphere that attracts both runners and long-distance walkers. Over the years the event has built up a dedicated following of participants who enjoy the challenge of three long, consecutive days in the hills. We start and finish in the same location and so that participants can get maximum enjoyment, we transport their overnight equipment between each camp.

Event: Scottish Mountain Marathon
Date: 8th – 9th June 2019
Location: Attadale Forest, North West Highlands
More informationwww.scottishmountainmarathon.com

Overview: The Scottish Mountain Marathon™ is a classic two-day hill running and navigation challenge held in the Scottish Highlands and Islands each year.

Open to pairs who must compete as self-sufficient teams, the event is suitable for novice participants and elite competitors alike. There are seven different courses, offering something for everyone who enjoys navigating through wild and challenging terrain.

Event: 41st SLMM Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon
Date: 6th July – 7th July 2019
Location: Howgills, Western Dales
More informationwww.slmm.org.uk

Overview: The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) is a two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants. The event comprises 8 courses of which 6 are solely for pairs of runners, one is exclusively for solo competitors and one course is open for both pairs and solo entrants.

Event: Mourne Mountain Marathon
Date: 21st – 22nd September 2019
Location: The Mournes, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
More informationwww.mourne2day.com

Overview:The Mourne Mountain Marathon is Ireland’s only two day endurance and navigation event held each year in the beautiful mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland.  It is run entirely on a voluntary and non-profit basis by a team with many years experience of organising and competing in this type of event.

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Event: ROC Mountain Marathon
Date: 28th – 29th September 2019
Location: Lowther Hills, Southern Uplands
More informationwww.rocmountainmarathon.com

Overview:The event has proved a popular choice with mountain marathon competitors with its combination of both linear and score courses that provide participants with huge choice and minimise the chance of ‘snakes’ of runners all heading to the same control.

Event: 52nd OMM Original Mountain Marathon
Date: 26th – 27th October 2019
Location: Scottish Coastline, Details TBA
More informationwww.theomm.com/the-omm/

Overview: The daddy of Mountain Marathons and the one that started it all. The UK’s biggest mountain race has shaped the UK outdoor community for over 50 years. Since 1968 the UK’s greatest running legends, product creators & influential people have stood on the start line. The 52nd OMM will be held somewhere on the Scottish Coastline, as is tradition the exact location will be released in September though clues may be found before then.

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:

OMM51: Start List

Right then everyone, here we have it, the start list for the 51st Original Mountain Marathon. An eclectic mix of people who love being in our stunning UK mountains. You’ve got 1 week to remember how to navigate again before you’ll be sent off into the abyss of clag & boggy heaven. We look forward to catching up with everyone again on the Friday night over a couple of warm up drinks and a bowl of pasta.

In the meantime if you have questions regarding the start list please email Emma who can answer them for you. emma@theomm.com.

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.

Less Than 3 Weeks To Go!

LESS THAN 3 WEEKS TO GO!

Not long until we will all be gathering in a field, deep in the Black Mountains of South Wales for the 51st OMM.

We hope your training is going well (or at least going!).

Below you will find some more useful info ahead of the event plus a few friendly reminders.

DOING OUR PART FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!

Events can be heavy on single use items like plates & cups. Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of the OMM event as much as possible. We need your help to do this….

RECYCLING
As with all our events, we will be using a specialist waste management firm to collect, sort and recycle all the waste from the event. They work to keep as much, if not all, of the waste collected, out of landfill plus do all the sorting off site, meaning we don’t have to worry about sorting it at the event!

DEPOSIT SCHEME
This will be our first year using a deposit scheme for pint pots at the bar. A £1.50 deposit gets you a reusable pint pot that you can then either return when you’re finished or else keep as a memento! This will drastically reduce our plastic use and hopefully set the standard for future events.

USE YOUR OWN MUG
You are free to use your own mug for hot drinks at the Event HQ, we will have cups available but we hope by using your own mugs, we can reduce waste further. Keep your mug handy at the finish on Sunday for squash and water!
Note: You are unable to use your own mugs for beer!

You can find out more about our commitment to sustainability at the event in our latest article.

CALLING NEW YEAR CLUB MEMBERS.

To recognise the incredible achievement of competing or being involved in the OMM for 20, 30 or even 40 years! The OMM year clubs highlight these committed (or need committing) individuals.

If you think you may qualify to become a member of this elite group email emma@theomm.com and let us know!

PASTA PARTY & TEE-SHIRTS

+Update 12th Oct+

Pre-orders for the event are no longer available but the following can be purchased at the event:  

  • T-shirts
  • Mugs
  • Gas
  • Friday Pasta Party.

COACHES TO THE EVENT CENTRE

Update 12th Oct Online booking of transfer is no longer available but if you require one contact emma@theomm.com who may be able to assist you.

TEAM CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS

Changes to your team or to the course you have entered can be requested up to Friday 12th October, by emailing emma@theomm.com.

After 12th October, amendments to teams can be made at registration.
Note: We can not guarantee course changes but will do our best to accommodate any requests.

CANCELLATIONS 

+UPDATE 12th OCT+   We have no further teams on the waiting list and the list is now closed.   Our usual cancellation policy now applies (see below)

For any cancellations received up to  1 Aug 18, a refund (-10% admin fee) is made.  After this date we cannot offer a refund as we have already paid for your attendance.  The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs as low as possible is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible, hence why it becomes more expensive to enter as we get closer to the event.  For these reasons we are also unable to defer entries to future events.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to fill out the Competitor Declaration, this will speed things up at registration.

You can keep up to date with all the event news on our News Feed, where you’ll find useful links and articles ahead of the big weekend.

Event HQ & Latest Info

Not long to go now!

We will be keeping you up to date via emails in the run up to the event plus here on our Event News Feed, where you’ll find all the latest updates and key info.

Please ensure you read the Event Details which include the all important rules and everything else you need to know about the weekend.

You can also check our Kit List to make sure you are fully prepared ahead of October.

Event HQ & Location
The 51st OMM Event HQ will be in the beautiful Llanthony Valley in the Black Mountains:

Maes-y-Beran
South of Llanthony
NP7 7NL 

Parking/Camping
Parking (on grass) for cars and campervans is included in your entry, as is camping on Friday evening.
Please arrive with at least 2 persons per vehicle.
Spare seats? Why not offer free spaces to other competitors on the OMM Competitors Facebook page.

Accommodation
If you’d like a little more luxury for Friday night, there are several accommodation options within a few miles of the Event HQ – but book early to avoid disappointment!

Motorhomes/minibuses
No vehicles longer than 7m can access the event parking due to the size and steepness of the access road.  If you have any concerns about vehicle access contact emma@theomm.com.

Coach Transfer

+Update 12th Oct+ Online booking of transfer from Abergavenny Station to the event HQ is no longer available.   If you require a transfer and have not yet booked contact emma@theomm.com who may be able to help.

Cancellations 

+UPDATE 12th OCT+   We have no further teams on the waiting list and the list is now closed.   Our usual cancellation policy now applies (see below)

For any cancellations received up to  1 Aug 18, a refund (-10% admin fee) is made.  After this date we cannot offer a refund as we have already paid for your attendance.  The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs as low as possible is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible, hence why it becomes more expensive to enter as we get closer to the event.  For these reasons we are also unable to defer entries to future events.

Amendments to Team or Course   
Up until Friday 12th October, any amendments to team details or course you have entered should be emailed to emma@theomm.com after that time all amendments must be done at registration.

We cannot guarantee it will be possible to change course after September 27th. 

Food at the OMM
The fantastic menu for the weekend is here.  Friday night pasta party pre-orders are no longer available but can be purchased on the night.

If you have a gluten free or vegan diet please let us know by filling out this form.

Pre-Orders
Pre-orders for gas, t-shirts and mugs are no longer available but can be purchased at the event.

Questions
If you have any queries not answered in the event details then please get in touch by emailing emma@theomm.com or use our new Live Chat function here on the website (Mon-Sat 9:00am – 5:30pm)

Happy training and see you in October!

Team OMM

51st OMM Location

51ST OMM IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS.

51st Original Mountain Marathon will be held in the Black Mountains of South Wales & England.

As a whole the area it’s not somewhere the OMM event has visited before. The Black Mountains offers a good mix of technical & open runnable terrain. The area has few paths and trail which is ideal for course setting. The course planners report “the terrain offers good route options and will provide the competitors with some interesting decisions during the weekend”

We look forward to catching up with everyone in October. If you have any questions you can ask them either in the Competitors groups on FaceBook and Strava or through the website.

OMM matchmaking service!

Cilla Black has nothing on us. If you’re team mate is injured, still scared from last year or you just don’t like them send a message to the OMM Centre service@theomm.com. The team have a list of people requiring team mates and can find you that special running someone.

About the Black Mountains:

The northeast part of the Brecon Beacons National Park is dominated by the Black Mountains, a group of old red sandstone hills, cloaked in grass and heather and laced with rivers, is located to the east of the arc described by Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Llangorse, Crickhowell and Abergavenny, the Black Mountains form a natural border with Herefordshire, England.

The highest mountain in the group is Waun Fach whose heavily eroded peat summit plateau attains a height of 811 metres (2,661 ft). Other significant summits towards the northern edge of the range include the 703 metres (2,306 ft) peak of Black Mountain with its northern outpost of Hay Bluff (Welsh: Penybegwn),[3] 677 metres (2,221 ft), Rhos Dirion, 713 metres (2,339 ft) and Lord Hereford’s Knob or Twmpa, 690 metres (2,264 ft). Towards the south of the range are the more independent summits of Crug Mawr at 550 metres (1,804 ft), Pen Allt-mawr at 719 metres (2,359 ft) and the 701 metres (2,300 ft) peak of Pen Cerrig-calch which rises prominently above the Usk Valley.

The Black Mountains are composed almost exclusively of rocks assigned to the Old Red Sandstone and dating from the Devonian period. This thick sedimentary sequence comprises sandstones, mudstones, siltstones and numerous thin limestones. The exception is the summit area of Pen Cerrig-calch where a thin sequence of Carboniferous rocks occur, an outlier of the more extensive outcrop to the south of the Usk valley. The lower slopes of these hills are formed from the mudstone-rich St Maughans beds at the top of which lies a calcrete – a discontinuous limestone band known as the Ffynnon Limestone. Above this are the sandstone-dominated Senni Beds which form the upper reaches of much of the range. Higher again are the Brownstones which form the summit areas of the central and southern parts of the range.

A special thanks to the National Parks & Land Owners involved in this years event. The welcoming support of our wild spaces makes 50 years of The OMM

Mountain Marathon Kit List

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OMM MANDATORY EQUIPMENT LIST

Each individual and team is responsible for being properly equipped for two days unsupported racing in exposed terrain at the end of October.

This list should be seen as a minimum requirement only. Check the weather forecast, your previous experience and use sound judgement for the kit you should be wearing and carrying. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in their opinion, do not have the necessary kit to survive in an emergency situation. Cotton clothing is not suitable.

EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:

  • Taped waterproof jacket with hood
  • Taped waterproof trousers
  • Clothing suitable for mountain running and walking
  • Spare base layer top
  • Spare full leg cover
  • Warm layer top
  • Hat, Gloves & Socks
  • Footwear designed for trail and fell use
  • Head torch capable of giving useable light for a minimum of 12 hours
  • Whistle & Compass
  • Map (as supplied)
  • Insulated Sleeping bag
  • First aid equipment
  • Pen/pencil and paper capable of being used in wet conditions
  • Survival bag (not a sheet)
  • Rucksack
  • Emergency rations
  • Water carrying capability

Spare warm kit and insulated sleeping bag must be waterproofed (i.e. in a drybag)

EACH TEAM MUST CARRY THE FOLLOWING AT ALL TIMES:

  • Cooking equipment including stove with sufficient fuel for duration of the race, plus some spare for emergency use, left at the end of the event
  • Tent with sewn in groundsheet
  • Food for 36 hours for two people
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OMM50: Optimal Lines

Merry Christmas!!

We hope you’re having a great Christmas. Once you’ve reached the stage where you’ve eaten too much Christmas dinner here for your scrutiny over a mince pie is the Line Course planners optimal routes from this years OMM Line courses. Do you agree with him?

Merry Christmas and see you in 2018!

 

CLICK THE MAP FOR LARGER VERSION.

Elite Course Day 1
Elite Course Day 2
A Course Day 1
A Course Day 2
B Course Day 1
B Course Day 2
Combined Day 1
Combined Day 2

You can see the routes that others took here:

2018 Entries Open

OMM50: Event Reports.

Event Reports.

Thank you to everyone for making the 50th Anniversary a special year. Below you’ll find the reports from the planners outlining the considerations, challenges & successes that come with putting on the OMM event. The planning phase for each OMM event is 24 months.

Many thanks again for your support, see you next year.

OMM50: Sunday Report.

Sunday 29th October.

16:00 ALL COMPETITORS BACK SAFE AND ACCOUNTED FOR.

A fantastic day to be in the mountains. Clear skies and stunning views across the Lake District. A nice end to the challenging conditions of yesterday.

Mountain Marathoners are a hardy bunch.

All the routes and listed below. The competitors enjoyed a warm welcome back to the event centre and met by a hot meal and cup of tea. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend we’d like to thanks all the competitors for making the 50th event so special. It’s very humbling to have such a friendly community of mountains enthusiasts.

It was great seeing those who came out of OMM retirement for the 50th running along side so many new competitors.

Well done to all the winners and everyone who took part. We’ll have all the images and highlight video up for you shortly.

Prize Table

Elite Names Time/Score
1st Overall Shane Ohly & Duncan Archer 14:19:36
2nd Overall Steve Birkinshaw & Andrew Berry 14:42:08
3rd Overall Tom Gibbs & Paul Tierney 15:06:49
1st Ladies No finishers
2nd Ladies No finishers
1st Mixed Kim Baxter & Dave Sykes 18:33:52
2nd Mixed No finishers
1st Vets Charlie Sproson & Tim Laney 16:24:13
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed No finishers
1st Fam Gen No finishers
A Course Names Time/Score
1st Overall Quentin Harding & Zoe Harding 11:55:33
2nd Overall Iain Embrey & John Ockenden 13:09:02
3rd Overall Henrik Leth  Jurrgensen & Laura Lambek Knudsen 13:42:57
1st Ladies No finishers
2nd Ladies
1st Mixed Quentin Harding & Zoe Harding 11:55:33
2nd Mixed Henrik Leth  Jurrgensen & Laura Lambek Knudsen 13:42:57
1st Vets James Jackson & Adam Forest 15:35:38
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed No finishers
1st Fam Gen Quentin Harding & Zoe Harding 11:55:33
B Course Names Time/Score
1st Overall Magnus Andersson & Daniel Ljungdahl 10:55:33
2nd Overall Robert Ashton & Emmit Andrews 11:04:48
3rd Overall Austin Caulfield & Keith McDougall 11:31:04
1st Ladies Helena Robinson & Elisabeth Mittell 18:20:40
2nd Ladies Cara Armstrong & Lucy Bradbury 19:48:03
1st Mixed Ben Lewis & Katie McKay 11:44:57
2nd Mixed Ian Holmes & Emma  Battensby 13:22:44
1st Vets Geoff Pettengell & Julie Gardner 10:56:30
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed Geoff Pettengell & Julie Gardner 10:56:30
1st Fam Gen Charlie Elliot & Ryan Elliot 13:25:21
Combined Course Names Time/Score
1st Overall Tom Elliott & Chris Barton 13:16:57
2nd Overall Paul Trott & Richard Tyson 14:12:05
3rd Overall Tom Raftery & Becky Raftery 14:35:35
1st Ladies No finishers
2nd Ladies No finishers
1st Mixed Tom Raftery & Becky Raftery 14:35:35
2nd Mixed Carolyn Evans & Jim Evans 16:39:10
1st Vets Paul Trott & Richard Tyson 14:12:05
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed Carolyn Evans & Jim Evans 16:39:10
1st Fam Gen No finishers
Long Score Names Time/Score
1st Overall Nick Barrable & Darrel High 1030
2nd Overall Calvin Routledge & Max Cole 900
3rd Overall Tim Patterson & Rob Patterson 898
1st Ladies Claire Gordon & Sarah O’Neil 660
2nd Ladies Heather Dawe & Andrea Priestley 580
1st Mixed Lee Langdon & Mary Gillie 760
2nd Mixed James Lowe & Abigail Smith 686
1st Vets Pjil Scarf & Bill Johnson 1078
1st Vet Ladies Mandy Goth & Sue Roberts 705
1st Vet Mixed Ellie Salisbury & Adrian Moir 771
1st Fam Gen Glen Davies & Huw Davies 854
1st Military Calvin Routledge & Max Cole 900
Med Score Names Time/Score
1st Overall Jonathon Davies & Nicola Mason 766
2nd Overall Keith Masson & Will Heap 690
3rd Overall Alastair Graves & Catriona Graves 664
1st Ladies Jackie Scarf & Debbie Ryde 456
2nd Ladies Sarah Jones & Robin Carter 410
1st Mixed Jonathan Davies & Nicola Mason 766
2nd Mixed Alastair Graves & Catriona Graves 664
1st Vets John Tullie & Kenny Short 856
1st Vet Ladies Jackie Scarf & Debbie Ryde 566
1st Vet Mixed Richard Sullivan & Lucy Wiegland 556
1st Fam Gen Charlie Lloyd & Sam Lloyd 548
Short Score Names Time/Score
1st Overall Simon Kinston & Andy Fry 502
2nd Overall Catherine Wilson & Steve Wilson 490
3rd Overall Alexander Freeman-Hall & Eoghan Wiles 476
1st Ladies Susan Brown & Susan Harding 346
2nd Ladies Jill Manning & Cerys Manning 286
1st Mixed Catherine Wilson & Steve Wilson 490
2nd Mixed Alistair Thornton & Leah Williams 430
1st Vets Ray Collins & Jonathan Howell 684
1st Vet Ladies Susan Brown & Susan Harding 450
1st Vet Mixed Jonathan Aylward & Kate Boobyer 466
1st Fam Gen Ray Humphreys & Will Humphreys 388

08:00 Day 2 begins. After the blustery night with mixed amounts of sleep the teams lined up for the return leg to the finish. It’s been a race of 2 halves, yesterday the clag suited those with an orienteering background. Today clear skies will favour the quick runners. Good luck to all, we’ll see them at the finish.