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Following positive feedback from the local Safety Advisory Group, we are finalising permissions and are feeling positive that the OMM Lite 2021 will go ahead.

OMM BIKE – CANCELLED

Sadly, in the interests of COVID-19 risk management, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s OMM BIKE

FIND AS MANY CHECKPOINTS AS YOU CAN IN THE TIME LIMIT

Most points wins!

A weekend of stunning scenery
For those who love the outdoors
Explore the Lakeland Trails
Explore the Lakeland Trails
Choose your route
Explore the Lakeland trails with friends
Camp with friends
Compete as a team or solo
Local lakeland beer and food
Evening at camp is the best
Lovingly made healthy food
Relive the day in the huge marquee
Camp with family & friends
Kit workshops
Nordisk Chill Out Zone
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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!

Course options

Long Course: Saturday you have up to 7 hours to collect your points and get to the finish. Sunday up to 5 hours.

Short CourseSaturday 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!

EVENT DETAILS

Will the event go ahead?     

We are feeling positive that the event can go ahead as long as the planned Government/Local Authority restrictions do not change.  As these can change without warning  the event could be cancelled at short notice.  Please be assured that the safety of our competitors, volunteers and the local community will be at the forefront of our decision making.  To check for up to date UK Government guidelines please go to their website.

When/how will I receive updated information?

We’ll keep in touch by email but everything you need to know is below in the event details.  As our plans develop, we will update the relevant sections.  This year ALL elements of the event are subject to change, even at the last minute so please bear with us and read the information when it’s updated!

We will make the event as COVID-19 safe as we can, but we need your help to ensure the measures we put in place are effective.  Prior to the event all competitors will be asked to agree to abide by the OMM Participants Code of Conduct.  You can read the current version of this important document here.

Social Distancing  

Social distancing measures are to be reviewed by 17 May 21.   However, if they do not change be prepared to follow the current regulations regarding social distancing; we will ensure this is possible whilst at the event HQ and will mean that unless you are in the same ‘household’ or ‘bubble’  you will not be able to share a tent/campervan or caravan.

What about face masks and hand sanitiser?

There will be hand sanitiser dispensers available throughout the Event HQ 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 registration, start, finish, catering, download and any queue.

What’s the cancellation/deferment policy?

See ‘TEAM CHANGES, REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS’ section below.

Will the event go ahead?     

We are feeling positive that the event can go ahead as long as the planned Government/Local Authority restrictions do not change.  As these can change without warning  the event could be cancelled at short notice.  Please be assured that the safety of our competitors, volunteers and the local community will be at the forefront of our decision making.  To check for up to date UK Government guidelines please go to their website.

When/how will I receive updated information?

We’ll keep in touch by email but everything you need to know is below in the event details.  As our plans develop, we will update the relevant sections.  This year ALL elements of the event are subject to change, even at the last minute so please bear with us and read the information when it’s updated!

We will make the event as COVID-19 safe as we can, but we need your help to ensure the measures we put in place are effective.  Prior to the event all competitors will be asked to agree to abide by the OMM Participants Code of Conduct.  You can read the current version of this important document here.

Social Distancing  

Social distancing measures are to be reviewed by 17 May 21.   However, if they do not change be prepared to follow the current regulations regarding social distancing; we will ensure this is possible whilst at the event HQ and will mean that unless you are in the same ‘household’ or ‘bubble’  you will not be able to share a tent/campervan or caravan.

What about face masks and hand sanitiser?

There will be hand sanitiser dispensers available throughout the Event HQ 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 registration, start, finish, catering, download and any queue.

What’s the cancellation/deferment policy?

See ‘TEAM CHANGES, REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS’ section below.

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 emma@the.omm).  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 emma@theomm.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.  A signed kit list and safety declaration form must be handed in at registration.  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
Stock Lane
Grasmere
LA22 9SL

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 opens again at 7am on Saturday 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

By Car. 

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

EVENT HQ

We’ll have an open sided marquee, with food and bar (See ‘Food and Drink’ section), registration, last minute advice and kit to purchase.  Toilets and drinking water will also be provided.   If possible in line with COVID regulations we’ll also have Physiotherapy/Sports Massage available all weekend – more details in the ‘physio’ section below soon.

REGISTRATION

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:

Safety and kit declaration
Participants Code of Conduct

Registration 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 register before your start time which will be sent to you prior to the event. Competitors are advised to register early to prevent last minute queues.

At registration each competitor will be issued with a Sport Ident Timing card/dibber (attached to the wrist), 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 £35.00).

CAR KEYS

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.

RETAIL

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 and La Sportiva shoes will also be on site.

UPDATE: Due to current social distancing measures unless you are in the same ‘household’ or ‘bubble’  you will not be able to share a tent, campervan or caravan.

IS CAMPING INCLUDED IN MY ENTRY FEE?

  • Space for 1 x tent or campervan for Friday and Saturday night is included for each competitor competing in an OMM event on both days (for example: 2 day OMM Lite or 1 day OMM Lite/1 day OMM Bike), but you must book this on your entry form as space is limited.
  • Those competing for only one day (for example: OMM Lite on Sunday only) camping is NOT included in your entry fee.   If this is you and you would like camp contact emma@theomm.com to book  (£15 for the weekend – space dependent).
  • PLEASE NOTE: Max. space you should take up with your tent or campervan including awning]  is 6 x 5m (or equivalent).  

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 and toilets (no showers) and the main marquee will be close by.

Our volunteer marshals will show you where to park and camp.  If you wish to camp as a group you will need to arrive together, spaces/pitches cannot be held.    lease park where you are asked then walk with your kit to pitch your tent – it won’t be far!

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.   The max space you should take up including awning is 6 x 5m.  Any vehicle over 6m must contact emma@theomm.com

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 emma@theomm.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.

THE START

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 place 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.

THE FINISH

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 £35.00 the use of your own SI-tag is not allowed.

THE COURSES

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.

Example Map:

EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:

OMM LITE

  • 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

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.

FOOD AND DRINK

We’re pleased to say that Matt, Fi and the team from Barrett’s Kitchen and Bar 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 – 21:00
Saturday 07:00 – 10:30 then 13:00 – 21:00
Sunday 07:00 – 10:30 and competitors meal from 12:00

Bar open:

Friday 16:00 – 22:30
Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 14:30

Here’s the menu from the last event to get your taste buds going!

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 hello@barrett.events prior to the event.

Please note that all rubbish placed in the on-site wheelie bins is recycled by the hire company so that the minimal amount is sent to landfill.

If COVID-19 restrictions allow we will be very pleased to have Carl from F.I.T. Sports Injury Clinic and his team back at this year’s OMM Festival.  They would be available throughout the weekend for physio appointments including sports massage.

More information and pre-booking available soon.  

Please note only the 2 day OMM Lite (both long and short courses) are awarded prizes.   Teams and solo competitors compete for the same prizes. Combinations of Bike/Lite and 1 day entries are not competitive, although your results and splits will of course be recorded.

Please note:  To avoid crowding there will be no prize giving or results board this year.   Live results will be available to view on your smart phone.

The following prizes will be awarded (dependent on entries):

Prize Long Score Short Score
1st Male £40 £40
2nd Male £30 £30
1st Female £40 £40
2nd Female £30 £30
1st Mixed Team £40 £40
2nd Mixed Team £30 £30
1st Male Vet £30 £30
1st Female Vet £30 £30
1st Mixed Vet £30 £30
1st Family  Team £30 £30

Prizes vouchers are per person and can be spent on OMM products.  The OMM Lite is run on a not for profit basis and the purpose of the prizes is to recognise outstanding achievement.

Veteran = 45 years or older (if in a team both members must qualify)
Family Team = Consists of close family members from different generations one of whom must be under 18.

Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL

Friday

15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens

16:00 Food and bar available

22:00 Registration Closes

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

Saturday

07:00 Registration opens

07:00  Food and drinks available

08:30 – 10:30 OMM Lite Starts

Time TBC – Grasmere Gallop Trail Races Start*

22:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

Sunday

07:00  Breakfast/hot food available

07:00-10:15 Registration open

08:00-10:00 OMM Lite Starts

NAME AND COURSE CHANGES

Up to 14th May 2021.  Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing emma@theomm.com

After 14th 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:   

  1. Exchange your entry fee for a voucher to the value of your entry to use on a subsequent event entry or OMM product. 
  2. 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.   

ORGANISATION AND PLANNING

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 stuart@theomm.com

Event Coordinator : Emma Gill emma@theomm.com

Race Planners: Sam and Graham Atkinson

Event catering: Matt and Fi, Barrett’s Kitchen and Bar, Ingleton

Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team, North Yorks Scouts Event Support Team

Parking: Ryan Greenwood and team, East Lancs Event Support Team

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES

Entry into the event
Friday night camping pitch*
Saturday night camping pitch*
SPORTident timing chips
Event photographs
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

What else is on?

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.