FIND AS MANY CHECKPOINTS AS YOU CAN AROUND THE GRASMERE FELLS
MOST POINTS WINS
COMPLETE AS A TEAM OR SOLO
CLIMB THE PEAKS OR STAY IN THE VALLEY – YOU DECIDE!
THE CHALLENGE IN DETAIL
At the startline you will be given a map of the Grasmere trail network with the checkpoints marked on. Each Checkpoint is worth a certain number of points. The challenge for you or your team is to choose a route that visits the most checkpoints & then return to the event centre in the time allowed.
On the Short Course you have up to 5 hours & on the Long Score up to 7 hours to collect as many checkpoints as you can but its up to you if you spend the whole time on the run or head back early for a cool down in the on-site bar. Some teams run hard all day others stop for lunch and taking in the views along the way. It’s up to you!
The team that collects the most points wins!
OMM Lite Competition Rules and Code of Conduct
In order to conduct the competition on a fair and equal basis for all participants, and ensure safety, it is necessary to apply rules. These rules, which are set out below will be STRINGENTLY enforced. Anyone found to be in breach of these rules will be automatically disqualified from the current event and potentially banned from future events.
1. THE GOLDEN RULE – Once registered, competitors must report to the Event HQ at the end of each day and download by 17:00 hours whether they have completed the course or not. If this is not done the team is deemed missing and will be searched for!
2. Age limits – The event is for solos or teams of two (or three – contact firstname.lastname@example.org). U18s in a team only with a combined min. age 35yrs. Minimum age is 14yrs old. U14 and feel you have enough experience to compete? Parent/guardian contact email@example.com. We recommend U16s have competed in the Short Course before attempting the Long Course. Any competitor under the age of 16 not in a team with their parent/guardian must complete a parental consent form.
3. Emergencies – If you have a medical emergency you should call 999 where possible, for more minor issues or if you need to retire you must contact Event HQ on the emergency number provided on the map. If you come across an injured competitor you should assist in any way you can, please inform us on your return and we will ensure that a time adjustment is made where necessary.
4. Navigation – Solo competitors and at least one in each team must be able to read a map using a compass, without the aid of GPS devices.
5. Mobile phones/GPS – We encourage you to carry a fully charged mobile phone for use in an emergency, but they must not be used for navigation. You may also wear or carry a GPS device (i.e. watch) to track your run/ride (for your use after the event) but again they must not be used for navigation. Anyone found using their mobile phone or other electronic device for navigation purposes will be disqualified from the event. We rely on the integrity of our competitors to follow this rule. (unless we remove all electronic devices from every competitor there is no other way for us to enforce this).
6. Teams must maintain contact (able to communicate by voice) throughout the competition. Both team members must visit the control sites together carrying all their equipment and both team members must record their visit using the control box. If one member of the team cannot continue the other team member must ensure that they get safely back to the Event HQ, the 2nd team member may then be able to continue as a solo.
7. Routes – This is NOT an open access event. All competitors must keep to public or permissive rights of way (as per event map). Out of Bounds areas and compulsory crossing points are also marked on the event map and must be respected.
8. Kit – Teams must carry or wear the equipment and clothing on the official kit list. This is the absolute minimum for safety. Confirmation that you will be carrying the mandatory kit list is included in the online registration form that must be completed before arriving at the event. On completion of the course all competitors must still be in possession of sufficient food for an emergency. Competitors must permit the examination of their equipment by race officials at any time.
9. Conduct. Competitors who, in the opinion of the organisers, act in such a way to bring the event into disrepute or unnecessarily endanger other competitors or race officials will be disqualified and may be banned. This includes abiding by the OMM Participants code of conduct.
Event Site Rules
10. Dogs – Well behaved dogs are welcome but are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course or be inside the Event Marquee or be left unaccompanied in tents/cars. They should be kept on a lead at all times.
11. Fires – No open fires or charcoal BBQs permitted at the Event HQ/camping field.
12. No private generators or sound systems.
13. Illegal drugs – Illegal drug use will not be tolerated at the OMM Festival. Please do not bring and/or take drugs. Any drug use will be reported to the police.
14. U18s. Children must be accompanied by a suitable and responsible adult guardian. The guardian is responsible for the welfare of the child.
EVENT HQ LOCATION
We’re delighted to be having this year’s OMM Lite back in the heart of the beautiful Lake District.
The Show Field
Access to parking, camping and the Event Centre opens at 3pm on Friday and will be clearly signposted. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE THIS TIME. Parking closes at 11pm, if you arrive after this time please follow the instruction posted on the gate. Parking opens again at 7am on Saturday morning.
Our friendly volunteers will meet you on arrival and show you where to park.
Camping or arriving in a vehicle you will be sleeping in? You must also read the section below ‘Camping, Campervans and accommodation’
HOW TO GET THERE
The Event HQ is located just off the A591 at Grasmere. When you arrive you will be met by our friendly volunteer marshals, please follow their instructions.
By Public Transport.
The nearest train station is Windermere approx 10 miles from Grasmere. From here you can travel by taxi or bus to Grasmere.
Link to national rail timetables here
Link to bus timetables here
We’ll have a big heated marquee, with food and bar (See ‘Food and Drink’ section), last minute advice and kit to purchase. Toilets and drinking water will also be provided. We’ll also have Physiotherapy/Sports Massage available all weekend – more details in the ‘physio’ section below.
We will be asking all competitors to read, complete and electronically sign the following documents online BEFORE arriving at the event:
Arrival information – approx 4 weeks prior to the event we will ask you to confirm a few details including an estimate of your arrival time.
Online Registration – approx 2 weeks before the event online registration will be available.
Timing Tag Collection. The registration desks will be open for you to collect your timing tag from 15:00 hours to 22:00 on Friday, from 07:00 on Saturday 2nd May and again on Sunday from 07:00 (for 1 day entrants). If arriving on Saturday morning please leave plenty of time to collect you timing card before your start time (which will be emailed to you 2 weeks before the event).
Your timing tag attaches to your wrist using a tyvek wristband. Competitors are not able to use their own dibbers as they are used as one of our vital security checks at the end of the event. The cost of timing cards is including in your entry fee BUT if you lose or damage the dibber you will be charged the cost of replacement (currently £30.00).
Car keys can be deposited at registration whilst you are racing. Unfortunately we (the organisers) cannot not be held responsible for any keys left in their possession and accept no liability for their safekeeping.
As ever there will be an opportunity to stock up on new kit and race goodies. Alongside the OMM range, we will have a selection kit list items. And of course we’ll have a few special offers, perfect for rewarding yourself after a hard weekend! Pete Bland Sports will also be on site.
IS CAMPING INCLUDED IN MY ENTRY FEE?
One tent OR campervan OR caravan pitch per competitor (for Friday and Saturday night) is included in the fee for 2 day OMM entries. This is on a 1st come 1st served basis as space is limited. Pitches need to be booked in advance when you enter. SINGLE DAY OMM LITE ENTRIES DO NOT INCLUDE FREE CAMPING.
Pitches can be booked for single day competitors or if you are bringing family/friends and need an extra pitch (£10 per person for 2 nights (Fri/Sat night). Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS THE CAMPING AREA LIKE?
The Showfield at Grasmere is grassy and mainly flat.
We will provide water, toilets and hand sanitiser. Please be aware this is a ‘pop-up’ campsite, a field with portaloos and water taps (and amazing views!). Please don’t expect indoor toilets, showers, sinks, pot wash area or hairdryers!
We will have separate areas for campervans and tents.
If you want to be sure to pitch your tent next to family/friends you should arrive together. But please bear in mind that the furthest you’ll be away from each other is only about 200m.
To keep the camping area safe, once you have parked up for the weekend, we ask you not to move your vehicle.
CAN WE BRING CAMPERVANS, MOTORHOMES OR CARAVANS?
Yes! Be aware that you may be parked on grass and there are no electric hook ups. Space is limited (particularly for larger vans) so enter early!
WHAT TIME DOES CAMPING OPEN?
Camping and parking open at 15:00 on Friday. DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE THIS TIME. You will be met by our friendly volunteer marshals who will guide you to your parking and/or camping space. Please follow their instructions. If you arrive after 22:30 you should follow the instructions posted on the main entrance gate.
EVENT SITE RULES
Dogs – Well behaved dogs are welcome but are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course or be inside the Event Marquee or be left unaccompanied in tents/cars. They should be kept on a lead at all times.
Fires – No open fires or charcoal BBQs permitted at the Event HQ/camping field.
No private generators or sound systems.
Illegal drugs – Illegal drug use will not be tolerated at the OMM Festival. Please do not bring and/or take drugs. Any drug use will be reported to the police.
U18s. Children must be accompanied by a suitable and responsible adult guardian. The guardian is responsible for the welfare of the child.
CAN WE STAY OFF SITE?
Yes, if you’d like to sleep in a little more luxury then you are welcome to stay in one of the many B&Bs or hotels in the area. Lots more information here.
WHO CAN ENTER
Solos and teams of two (or three – contact us). U18s in a team only with a combined min. age 35yrs. Minimum age is 14yrs old. But if you are U14 and feel you have enough experience to compete ask your parent/guardian contact email@example.com. We recommend U16s have competed in the Short Course before attempting the Long Course.
Head to the start line within your allocated start time window which will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the event. You will be given any final information before being asked to ‘dib’ your timing tag in the START box. Your time will begin and you will then be given your map, showing all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth. You then move away from the start line and plan your route.
WHAT TO DO AT EACH CHECKPOINT
Each checkpoint will have the standard orienteering orange and white sign with control box attached to it. Your timing tag (this is included in your entry fee and attached to your wrist) should be placed into the hole in the control box to register you have visited the location; it will bleep and flash to confirm that this has been successful.
In the unlikely event that the control box doesn’t work, please record your visit writing down the 3 letters shown on the control box (you can also take a photo if easier) and report this when you download at the finish so your score can be updated.
Teams must finish together. After finishing all competitors must go straight to the download desk where you will be given a print out showing the controls you visited with points and split times. Please move away from the desk THEN check your printout. If anything is wrong or you need to report having to punch manually, let the download queries desk know. Make sure to keep your tag on overnight on Saturday to use on the second day. At the finish on Sunday follow the same procedure, your SI-tag will be removed. You can then make your way to catering, show them your results printout and you will be given some well deserved hot food and drink!
SI-TAG AND SAFETY
The timing tag will be attached loosely to your wrist at registration. This must remain attached all weekend and will be removed either when you finish or if you retire by event officials at the Event centre.
As well as for timing your tag has an important safety role – it’s how we can confirm who is still out on the course. Because of this all tags MUST be downloaded on Saturday and returned to the event centre by 17:00 on Sunday before you leave the area.
Missing tag = Missing person = Search party.
If you retire you must inform Event HQ as soon as possible (emergency numbers are on the map) and return your timing tag. If you think you are going to be more than 30 mins late please inform Event HQ via the number on your map.
You will quickly get used to having the tag on your wrist. Wrists do swell during exercise and providing it has been attached loosely; you will hardly notice that you are wearing it overnight. If you lose, break or take a tag home with you the charge will be £30.00. The use of your own SI-tag is not allowed.
OMM Lite competitors will be given a map at the start line, on it are all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth. The aim is to collect as many points as you can in the time allowed.
Long Course – Saturday 7 hours, Sunday 5 hours
Short Course – Saturday 5 hours, Sunday 4 hours
You do not have to stay out on the course for the whole time – you choose when you finish. But if you go over the time allowed penalty point will be accrued as follows:
1 to 5 minutes late – lose 1 point per minute
5 to 10 minutes late – lose 2 points per minute
10 to 15 minutes late – lose 5 points per minute
15 to 30 minutes late – lose 10 points per minute
Over 30 minutes late – lose all points
If you manage to clear the course (i.e. visit every checkpoint) you will be awarded 2 bonus points per minute remaining of your time allowed.
In 2022 we will be using 1:25000 maps (either Harvey or OS).
EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:
- Taped seams waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers
- Clothing suitable for mountain running and walking
- warm layer top
- Hat (this can be a buff) and gloves
- Footwear suitable for trail use
- Whistle & Compass
- Map (as supplied)
- First aid equipment
- Emergency food (this is something to keep you going in an emergency – you must have these when you finish)
- Water carrying capability
- Fully charged mobile phone
This list should be seen as a minimum requirement only. Check the weather forecast, use any previous experience and sound judgement for the kit you should be wearing and carrying for a day in the mountains/hills. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in their opinion, do not have the necessary kit to cope in an emergency situation.
Any decisions to reduce the amount of kit you need to carry (e.g. in exceptionally warm weather) will be posted at Registration and on the information board on the morning of the event.
You do not need to bring all your kit to registration for checking, however random kit checks may be carried out at any point during the event.
- In a medical emergency – call 999 where possible (ask for mountain rescue)
- Minor accident/injury – call Event HQ when possible (number on map)
- You should give assistance to other injured competitors – inform event HQ on your return and we will adjust your finish time if necessary.
- Retiring – you must make contact with Event HQ in person where possible or by phone. Do not contact the emergency services unless in a genuine 999 situation.
- Never allow the pressure of competition to override your judgement. The decision to start the event is yours and the decision to pull out must be yours.
- Teams – if you are running in a team be sure to check each other for temperature related medical conditions. In an emergency, stay with your partner to assist them whenever possible unless circumstances dictate you must leave to get help (i.e. no mobile signal).
- Finish and download – It is your responsibility to get back to the Event HQ finish line and download your timing card to let the event organisers know you are safe. If you have not checked in by 17:00hrs, a search by the relevant emergency services will be instigated.
Please read on for some useful articles on safety out on the trails:
999 by Text – Register for this important service before the OMM. It allows you to contact 999 by text – very important when you may only have a week phone signal that does not allow for clear speech. You must register BEFORE you need to use the service – it’s quick and easy. Click here
Guide to calling in the Mountain Rescue
First on the Scene of an Accident? – a useful guide from the FRA
Hypothermia – Don’t get too cold! How to avoid it and what to do if you get it
Hyperthermia – Don’t get too hot! How to avoid it and what to do if you get it
River Crossings – Top tips from the BMC if a river crossing is unavoidable
Ticks and Lymes Disease – All you need to know about Ticks the little blighters!
Taking Care Around Cows – Just in case you encounter cattle or other livestock
FOOD AND DRINK
We’re pleased to say that Matt, Fi and the team from Barrett Events will be returning to this years OMM Festival. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be on offer.
Hot Food available:
Friday 16:00 – 21:30
Saturday 07:00 – 10:30 then 17:00 – 21:00 (grab and go picnic and snack bar between 12:00-16:00)
Sunday 07:00 – 10:30 and competitors meal from 11:30
Friday 16:00 – 22:00
Saturday 12:00 – 22:00
Sunday 12:00 – 16:00
All competitors have a hot meal and drink included in their entry fee which will be served at the Event HQ after you finish on Sunday (Saturday for Saturday only competitors). Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available (your choice for your after race meal should be requested on your entry form). If you have a serious allergy or concern please email Matt of Fi on firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event.
We try hard to encourage recycling and sustainability and to this end a deposit of £1.50 for a reusable pint pot is now required when purchasing drinks from the bar.
Please note that all rubbish placed in the on-site skip is recycled by the hire company so that the minimal amount is sent to landfill.
We are very pleased to have Carl from F.I.T. Sports Injury Clinic and his team back at the 2022 OMM Festival. They will be available throughout the weekend for physio appointments including sports massage.
More information and pre-booking available soon.
The OMM Lite is a not for profit adventure race and the purpose of the awards is to recognise outstanding achievement. Only the 2 day OMM Lite (both long and short courses) are awarded prizes. Teams and solo competitors compete for the same awards.
We will award prizes* for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each of the following categories:
- Family Team
- Special recognition
*As recognition of achievement an OMM Voucher (£30) will be given to all prize winners)
Family Team. Consists of close family members from different generations one of whom must be under 18.
Veterans Handicap. We are introducing a Veterans Handicap (as per the October OMM):
The calculation of the handicap was changed for 2018 following competitor feedback; now only the age of the older team member is considered, and woman are given an additional handicap equivalent to 10 years.
This is how the percentage handicap will be calculated:
- A team is eligible for a handicap if both members are 45 or older on the Saturday of the event. This applies to both men and women.
- To calculate the handicap, ten years is added to the age of women and then the greater of the team’s two ages is used as the handicap age.
- The handicap percentage is then calculated as 1% for every year over 45.
- Here are some examples:
- A team of two men aged 50 and 55 has a 10% handicap.
- A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 50 has a 15% handicap.
- A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 44 is NOT eligible.
- A team of two men aged 40 and 70 is NOT eligible.
This is how the percentage handicap is used:
- For a linear course the total time over the two days is reduced by the handicap percentage.
- For score courses the total points score over the two days is increased by the handicap percentage. If the total points score over the two days is negative, no adjustment is made.
- Here are some examples:
- If the total time over two days on a linear class is 8 hours 30 minutes and the handicap is 10%, the time used for veteran results is 7 hours 39 minutes.
- If the total score over two days on a score course is 800 points and the handicap is 20%, the score used for veteran results is 960 points.
OMM Special Recognition Award. If you know of someone taking part in the OMM Lite that deserves special recognition please get in touch with Stuart the Event Director (email@example.com).
Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL
15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens
16:00 Food and bar available
21:30 Catering Closes
22:00 Bar Closes
22:00 Registration Closes
07:00 Registration opens
07:00 Food and drink available
08:00 – 11:00 Starts
12:00 Food and bar available
22:00 Catering and bar closes
07:00 Breakfast available
07:00 Registration open for Sunday only entrants
07:30 – 10:30 Starts
11:30 Competitor meal available.
17:00 Event site closes
NAME AND COURSE CHANGES
Up to 13th May 2022. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
After 13th May 2021. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made at registration.
CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT OF ENTRIES
For any cancellations received up to 1 April 2021, a refund (minus 10% admin fee) is made.
AFTER THIS DATE WE CANNOT OFFER A REFUND OR TRANSFER/DEFER YOUR ENTRY
At this point we have already paid for your entry. The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs low is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible, hence why it usually becomes more expensive to enter as we get closer to the event.
COVID-19 ADDITION TO REFUND POLICY
If we have to cancel the event due to COVID-19 we will offer each competitor the following options:
- Exchange your entry fee for a voucher to the value of your entry to use on a subsequent event entry or OMM product.
- Full refund on your entry. No fees.
If you are unable to attend the event due to COVID-19 restrictions beyond your control (e.g. self-isolation, local lock down) we will offer you option 1. above.
OMM EVENT TEAM AND CONTACTS
The emergency OMM Lite contact number will be available prior to the event.
The organisation of the competition is conducted by a small army of unpaid volunteer helpers drawn from a wide variety of clubs and organisations, including the many faithful stalwarts who help out every year and without whose experience it would not be possible to conduct such an event. These teams of volunteers allow us to keep the entry fees as low as possible to benefit you.
The officials listed are the principal organisers and team leaders:-
Event Director: Stuart Hamilton email@example.com
Event Coordinator : Emma Gill firstname.lastname@example.org
Race Planners: Sam and Graham Atkinson
Event catering: Matt and Fi, Barrett Events & the Coffee Bug
Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team.
ENTRY FEE INCLUDES
Entry into the event
Friday night camping pitch*
Saturday night camping pitch*
SPORTident timing chips
Bespoke OMM LITE maps
Hot meal after the event
Free parking at event centre
£50pp for 1 day*
£85pp for 2 days
*Single day entries do not include camping
Pitches available on a first come first served basis
OMM Festival is a not for profit event
All funds raised from ticket sales will be spent on the event and any profit will be donated to our chosen charities.