FIND AS MANY CHECKPOINTS AS YOU CAN IN THE TIME LIMIT
Most points wins!
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ROUTE TO FIND THE CHECKPOINTS
Run as far as you like
The challenge in detail
You can run on your own or as a team. On the start line you will be given a map of the Grasmere trail network with checkpoints marked on it. The checkpoints all have different values. The challenge is to choose a route that collects the most points for your team.
You choose how long you stay out for and what route you take. Some will run hard all day others will stop for lunch. It’s up to you!
Long Course: Saturday you have up to 7 hours to collect your points and get to the finish. Sunday up to 5 hours.
Short Course: Saturday up to 5 hours to collect your points and get to the finish. Sunday up to 4 hours.
The runner or team who collects the most points wins!
Will there be online registration?
Yes! To assist with a paper/touch free registration ALL competitors must complete the online pre-registration/COVID declaration form NLT midday on Wed 26 May 21. This has now been emailed to all competitors on Fri 14 May – if you have not received the link please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the latest Government Guidelines relevant to Outdoor events?
Restrictions are easing BUT we still need to follow government guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.
Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to individual groups of 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
Please maintain social distancing. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others.
There will be hand sanitiser dispensers available throughout the Event HQ site but you must also carry your own small bottle at all times.
Face mask or covering must be carried at all times and worn whenever in proximity of others, particularly but not exclusively at in the marquee, start and finish area and any queue.
The areas in which the new COVID-19 variant is spreading fastest are:
- Bedford Borough Council
- Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
- Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
- Burnley Borough Council
- Kirklees Council
- Leicester City Council
- London Borough of Hounslow
- North Tyneside Council
If you live in these areas you must follow current guidance.
What’s the COVID cancellation/deferment policy?
See ‘TEAM CHANGES, REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS’ section below.
When should I not attend the Event?
You should NOT attend the event if you:
- Have any symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of or within the 14 days before the event (NHS COVID symptoms guide here)
- have been in close contact with anyone who is suspected of or confirmed as having Covid-19 within the 14 days before this event and/or have been advised by Track and Trace to self-isolate.
- are undergoing testing for suspected Coronavirus.
- reside in an area of the UK that is under local lockdown.
- reside or have been out of the UK within the 14 days before the event
- Vulnerable/Clinically extremely vulnerable: Individuals who fall into the ‘vulnerable’ or ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ or those in contact with individuals in these categories must assess their own risk and follow government guidance in this area. Latest advice here.
COVID 19 Symptoms Starting at the Event. If you start to have symptoms of COVID 19 whilst at the event, wherever possible you should return to your home as soon as possible avoiding contact with anyone outside your ‘household’. You must also contact the Event Coordinator via the emergency phone 01257 752248 or alternatively 07771 692808.
COVID 19 after the Event. If you have symptoms of COVID 19 and/or test positive for COVID 19 within 72 hours of the event, you must contact the Event Coordinator by emailing email@example.com.
Do I need a Health Screening?
- If you have been previously hospitalised due to Covid-19, based on the best available evidence at this time, it is strongly advised that you undergo a form of health screening prior to taking part.
- If you were not hospitalised due to Covid-19, but self-isolated having shown symptoms at any time, you are also recommended to undergo a form of screening.
- If you have felt entirely well during the pandemic, you are not routinely recommended to undergo health screening, but it is something to be considered as part of your normal health monitoring for the health-conscious competitor.
Your GP should be able to guide you on what level of screening you may require, and who is the best person to assist you in the process
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 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 and opens again at 7am on Saturday morning. If you arrive after this time you can park in the public carpark next door until the morning.
Our friendly volunteers will meet you on arrival, check you are a competitor and show you where to park. Please follow all COVID-19 safety instructions given by staff/marshals or on signage around the Event HQ site.
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 an open sided marquee, with a delicious range of takeaway food and bar (more info in ‘Food and Drink’ section), registration, last minute advice and kit to purchase. Toilets and drinking water will also be provided.
COVID 19 restrictions are easing BUT please observe social distancing and remember your face covering and hand sanitiser.
Luckily for us the whole event takes place outside in the fresh air and instead of tables and chairs, this year we have a large grass area for you to make use of. Why not bring your picnic blankets and chairs. No gazebos but umbrellas welcome!
To help us achieve a touch free registration we will be asking all competitors to read, complete and electronically sign the following documents online BEFORE arriving at the event:
Registration to collect your timing card, any guest wristbands and camping tags will be open 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 has been sent to you.
Your timing card attaches to your wrist with a tyvek wristband. To keep everyone safe we will not be attaching this for you, but we will give you top tips on how you can do this! Here’s a handy guide (it can be more tricky than you think!)
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). Please ask if you require a new wristband over the weekend.
NON COMPETITOR WRISTBANDS AND CAMPING TAGS
These will also be available for collection at registration as requested on your arrivals form.
To help stay COVID19 safe we won’t be looking after car keys this year. Please find a safe place for them in your kit!
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!
UPDATE: UK Government guidelines now state:
Overnight Accommodation. You may stay overnight in holiday accommodation in groups of up to 6, or larger groups if everyone present is from 2 households (including support bubbles) unless a legal exemption applies.
Meeting Friends and Family Indoors. If you are meeting friends and family, you can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance from them, but you should still be cautious. You should read the guidance on meeting friends and family.
It is now your decision whether or not you share a tent or campervan with someone from outside your ‘household’
- Please park and camp where you are asked to by our friendly volunteer marshals! To keep the camping area safe, once you have parked up for the weekend, we ask you not to move your vehicle.
- If your tent is large (over 5m approx) let the parking marshal know when you arrive. This is to ensure we pitch you in the right area.
- Campervans/Motorhomes/caravans will be in a separate area to tents.
- If you are in a group want to pitch your tents together you should arrive together. Please bear in mind that the absolute furthest you’ll be away from each other is only 200m.
- You must display your camping tag prominently on your tent or campervan (collected from Registration).
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.
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!
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 BRING CAMPERVANS/CARAVANS?
Yes, you can bring your campervan or caravan. Be aware that you will be on grass and there are no electric hook ups. Caravan owners may be asked to park their car separately. Any vehicle over 6m must contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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. U14 and feel you have enough experience to compete? Minimum age is 14yrs old. Parent/guardian contact email@example.com. We recommend U16s have competed in the Short Course before attempting the Long Course.
Teams that are not from the same COVID-19 defined ‘household’ or ‘bubble’ should maintain social distancing recommendations throughout the event.
Head to the start line within your allocated start time window which will be emailed to you 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 (attached to your wrist at registration) 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 and you will be given a meal voucher. You can then make your way to catering and enjoy some well deserved hot food and drink!
SI-TAG AND SAFETY
The SI tag will be attached loosely to your wrist at registration. This must remain attached all weekend and be cut off you either when you finish or if you retire but only 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 the 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 SI tag.
You will quickly get used to carrying 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.
We use Harvey Maps – 1:40000. If you haven’t used this type of map before then why not brush up on your knowledge and take a look at the Legend and example map below.
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
Also include a face covering and hand sanitiser
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 are available.
Catering and Bar will be available as a takeaway only service this year. Please be prepared to eat and drink outside – but this won’t be a problem as we’ve ordered Sunshine for the whole weekend!
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 and 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.
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.
Unfortunately, to avoid crowding this year, there will be no prize giving on site, prize vouchers will be sent out following the event. But live results will be available to view on your smart phone!
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
11:30 Competitor meal available.
17:00 Event site closes
Up to 21st May 2021. Changes to names can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
After 21st May 2021. No further name changes.
By emailing email@example.com or 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 on 29/30 May 21 is 01257 752248.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Coordinator : Emma Gill email@example.com
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
£40pp for 1 day*
£75pp for 2 days
*single day entries do not include camping
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.