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Frequently asked questions.

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We thought we’d put together a few bits of information to make things easy when you arrive…

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Where?
First things first, this is where you need to be:

Tackeroo Event Site
Penkridge Bank Rd
Rugeley
WS15 2UA

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What Time?
The gates will be open from 3pm on Friday 3rd May.
It doesn’t matter which event you have entered or on which day – your entry fee covers you for parking and camping from Friday afternoon.

Where can I park?
Our friendly volunteer parking marshals will show you where to park.
Please follow their instructions.

Where can I camp?
If you are camping/campervanning then the marshals will show you where to pitch your tent or park your van.
Remember NO open fires or BBQs of any sort!
Gas BBQs and camping stoves are allowed BUT ensure they are well away from anything flammable, this is particularly important after the dry weather we have had.   When pitching your tent please leave 3m between for fire safety.
Fire buckets will be available in each camping area.

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What if I arrive late on Friday?
If you arrive after 11pm on Friday there will be a sign on the gate telling you what to do.
You won’t get vehicle access until the morning but can park in the public car park opposite the gate and walk into the event site to pitch your tent.

When can I register for my event?
You can register for all events in the main marquee between 3pm-11pm on Friday, from 7am on Saturday and (for the 10k only) from 8am on Sunday.
For the kids 2km fun trail race you can register on Saturday from 3pm – it’s free and starts at 4pm!
If you’re in a team you should register together and don’t forget your declaration.

Can I purchase Food when I arrive?
Yes!
Hot food is available until 9pm on Friday (bar until 22:30) and breakfast from 7-9am on Saturday morning, for full timings for the weekend have a look at the great menu.

What facilities are there?
We will provide plenty of toilets and several water taps.
There are no showers on site. 

Can I bring my dog?
Yes!
Well-behaved dogs (and owners!) are welcome.
However, due to unfortunate incidents in the past, they must be kept on a lead in the HQ area and are NOT allowed into the main marquee.
Dogs are not allowed to run with competitors on the courses.

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If you’re still not sure of anything or have any more questions, just email the event support team: support@theomm.com

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RESULTS: OMM LITE&BIKE Yorkshire 2016

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All the images from the weekend are in the folder below and are free for you to use. Please share them and tag us in your image.

OMM Lite and Bike North Yorkshire September 2016 – Event Directors Report

Going from the glorious sunshine on the North York Moors back to my desk is always a time for contemplation! It was lovely to see familiar faces over the weekend and humbling to see so many new ones coming to join us, sharing in the event.

My aim for the Bike and Lite events is to provide an event that offers good competition and a challenge to those of you with experience whilst at the same time offering a friendly and informal platform for those with little or no experience to come and learn more. We are always looking for ways in which we can improve so please let us know if you have any ideas.

Once again Steve Willis did a fantastic job of putting together some interesting navigational challenges across a beautiful part of North Yorkshire. Steve has ridden and walked all of the trails prior to the event, spoken with all of the land owners, tenants and various organisations responsible for the management of the area to ensure that we have the permission and support of all to allow us to put the event on. This takes a huge amount of time, dedication and considerable sweat, without which we could not have enjoyed the weekend we just have.

The event was supported by 10 volunteers, many of whom took holiday on Friday to come and get everything ready. From putting up the marquees, parking, marshalling, putting controls out and servicing toilets amongst many others, the cheerful and willing way in which they go about their business to ensure that everything is looked after continues to amaze me. It is a real privilege to have such a selfless group of people to work with. Although she won’t thank me for this, special thanks goes to Marilyn who had just returned from Mexico to help out.

All our events are run on a not for profit basis which is incredibly important to me as I feel it is a crucial part of the atmosphere we enjoyed over the weekend, without the willing help offered by so many this would not remain so. If you would like to help on any of the events please just let us know.

Event catering is not an easy thing to do well, especially when you are working from a field. Diane, Sam and the team from Cole Catering did a great job and I for one, enjoyed the food over the weekend – the chicken curry on Friday was good, the braised steak on Sunday even better and the friendliness of their team only added to the event.

Having the beer and cider at the event HQ brewed less than 200m from where we set up the marquees was a great touch, thank you to Phil, Carl, Nadine and team who made sure we were never thirsty during the weekend.

The final thank you goes out to everyone who joined us for the weekend, competing or not. Thank you for respecting the rights of way and other users of these in the area. There was one instance when on Sunday morning a local resident asked the occupants of a campervan to turn down their music at 0800 – not unreasonable and it seemed to take over 5 minutes for them to find their volume button. For that 0.3% of people out there please don’t be so ignorant in the future.

There was some cracking competition on both the Bike and Lite courses with a hugely impressive performance by Mark McPhillips collecting all but one control on Saturday finishing the weekend with 1786 points on the Bike Long Score. On the Lite Theo Highland and Rajiv Ratan followed in the footsteps of winners earlier this year by taking the top spot with 972 points on their first ever event of this kind, despite some serious competition. Richard Thompson bagged himself first place on the

Bike Wild course with 1590 points and the unwelcome attention of a few midges at the overnight campsite! Whilst it is important to recognise the achievements of those in the running for prizes, well done to all those who competed for the first time, submitting yourself to the challenges (and satisfaction) of planning your routes and finding the checkpoints whilst returning to the HQ as close to time as possible. Hopefully you got a chance to see some of the wonderful views, got to know your teammate better and had fun.

We have made donations to the Forestry Commission, Trails Maintenance Fund and the Mountain Rescue in the area to say thank you for their support of the event, without whom it would not happen.

Friends and family are always welcome for the weekend even if they are not competing and it was great to see some of you there over the weekend.

Stuart Hamilton

OMM Events Director

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of my rides checking all of the bridleways and controls this summer but the weather and track conditions at the weekend couldn’t have been any better.  The bridleways across Levisham Moor and Glaisdale Moor are 2 of my favourites in England.  I hoped that I had made the optimum route long enough so that no riders would be able to clear up on either day. Mark McPihilps tried his hardest and only left out one control on Saturday but he left a few more out there on Sunday.  I placed all of the controls on routes that could be reached by bike but hopefully gave the runners plenty of opportunities to use public footpaths as short cuts. Thanks to Karen & Richard Clark for checking out many of these. The favourable comments from many Bike & Lite competitors suggest that I succeeded.

Thanks to North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Forestry Commission and the Countryside Landowners Association who were happy for the event to go ahead. We will be making donations to them and the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team who would have been there if we had needed them. Thanks also to the gamekeepers who were happy for us to use many of the private tracks across their grouse moors.

It was great to see 130 riders competing at the same time and using the same controls as 170 runners as well as no litter or open gates when we collected them in. It’s a pity that only 8 riders made it to the Wild Camp so we will need to consider whether to continue with this course next year or open it up to runners!!

Thanks to Jens Strain and Harveys for 2 excellent maps. I’m sorry that there were 3 corrections but we only got permission to use the permissive bridleway through RAF Fylingdales, the track though Low Staindale and the track  near Lastingham after the map had gone to the printers. Thanks also to John Rawden, Ray Morriss, Dave Lloyd, John Dixon, Michael Brough, Zoe Cowgill, Steve Kendall, Sheila Pearce and Lynn Lloyd for helping me put out and collect in the controls, the OMM team for their hard work organising the excellent event HQ and Phil Lee and his staff at the New Inn.

Sion James is planning the Spring event so I won’t get my monthly rides around the Derbyshire Dales this winter but I will look forward to competing in the Brecon Beacons. However, I will be planning the September event in Wensleydale so I can check out the bridleways closer to home this summer.

 

Hope to see you again next year or at a NYMBO event soon

Steve

Steve Willis

Course Planner

16:08 Sun 18th: Well done to all competitors!! A fantastic achievement by everyone. We’ve had a great time and loved watching all the competitors coming across the finish line with big smiles. An special well done for all the winners. The overall course winners were:

LITE Long Score: Theo Highland/Rajiv Ratan, 972 points in 12:43:30hrs

LITE Short Score: Miles and Julian Winter,  713 points in 09:38:10hrs

BIKE Long Score: Mark Mcphillips, 1786 points in 12:00:20hrs

BIKE Short Score: David Cowgill, 1213 points in 08:56:21hrs

BIKE Wild Camp: Richard Thompson, 1590 points in 11:59:36 hrs

You can see all the results in the links above…

Well done again to all the competitors from everyone at OMM. WE look forward to seeing you at our next LITE & BIKE event in the Brecon Beacons in April, entries open shortly.

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12:34 Sun 18th: The North Yorkshire moors are looking stunning today, not a cloud in the Sky. A great day to be out running or riding! We caught up with a few teams at the Ana Cross on the top of the moor. Jessica & Heather Hughes came past looking determined and looking to take top spot of the Long Score.

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08:27 Sun 18th:Morning from Pickering and day 2 of the OMM LITE & BIKE North Yorkshire. The sun is out and blue skies overhead for another day on the North Yorkshire trails. It was an early night for most last night with most competitors resting some tired legs. Today the competitors will head West leaving the forests and onto the open moors. Looking at the map there are some tough climbs today and long descents which the bikes will enjoy. Competitors are heading to the start now, good luck all!! More pictures in the folder..

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20:12 Sat 17th: Well done to all competitors for completing day 1. After a cloudy start the sun came out and blue skies followed the competitors for the rest of the day. On the BIKE Long Score only 4 points separate Mark Mcphillips and Phil Upton. Theo Highland and Rajiv Ratan head into Day 2 on the LITE Long Score with a clear lead over the rest of the class. Competitors are currently relaxing in the marquee, the music is on and the bar/catering is open. We look forward to some close racing tomorrow, you can view all results here…

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16:45 Sat 17th: Competitors are down to their last minutes to get back to the finish in their allocated time. Some have judge their routes well and have a relaxed jog to the finish and a well deserved drink. Others have a slightly more rushed finish, trying to avoid the 2 point penalty for every minute they’re over the limit.

The current leader on the courses are:

LITE Long Score: Fiona + Heather Hughes

LITE Short Score: Miles + Julian Winter

BIKE Long Score: David Cowgill

BIKE Short Score: Phil Collings

BIKE Wild Camp: Results to come

Not all teams are in yet, we will have a complete set of results for you shortly. New images added to image folder…

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13.45am Sat 17th: The competitors are out on the course following their chosen routes. Speaking to the teams there is some different approaches being taken, some are planning very serious routes taking in big miles others definitely have a few pubs on their hit list. We met up with a few team at checkpoint 30, the water splash was a nice colling off point in the 25 degree heat.

Most teams have 1-2 hours left to get as many checkpoints as they can before dibbing at the finish, we look forward to the first few finishers anytime now.

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08.10am Sat 17th: All the competitors started planning their routes for the day. Todays checkpoints were placed to the east of the competition area taking the competitors into the North Yorkshire forests and trails through farmland.dsc_0015

22.11pm Fri 16th: This weekend is the last OMM LITE of the 2016 event calendar. We’re at the Cropton Brewery for the North Yorkshire event, the competitors arrived through Friday evening enjoying a few drinks in the marquee and checking out the map ahead of their start tomorrow.

The weather looks promising for the weekend and with a course covering some stunning areas of the North Yorkshire Moors the competitors are in for some great running and riding. We look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings….

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16:32pm Fri 16th: We have arrived at the Cropton Brewery near Pickering. We’re looking forward to the last OMM LITE of the 2016 race calendar. With 350 competitors about to arrive the sun is making it’s way over from Lancashire and promises to be here for the start tomorrow morning.

RESULTS: OMM LITE CHILTERNS 2016

WELL DONE ALL COMPETITORS!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the first OMM LITE CHILTERNS. What a fantastic event! We loved meeting everyone and seeing you out on the course. A massive thanks you to all the volunteers and everyone involved. You can see the results below and a images from which you are welcome to share, all we ask is that you tag OMM in the images.

EVENT COORDINATORS REPORT

I hope you have all have recovered well (from what I think must be the hottest ever OMM event!) and had a great weekend – I know we did. We are continually trying to improve your experience so please do get in touch with your comments and suggestions. It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces but also plenty of new ones – welcome to the OMM family! Competitor experienced ranged from complete novices to OMM veterans of many years and ages ranged from just 14 yrs old to an impressive 74 (Keith you are an inspiration!). Well done to you all and of course congratulations to all our prize-winners who covered an impressive amount of ground in sweltering heat.

It was lovely to see so many youngsters at the event, both competing and doing an brilliant job of cheering at the finish line. One of the aims of the OMM Lite is to encourage the next generation to get out and about in the beautiful hills and countryside that the UK has to offer. We’ll continue to encourage you to bring along your families to Lite events and we hope to offer activities for younger children in the future.

We were fortunate to have such a great event centre, so my 1 st thanks go to everyone at Path Hill Outdoors. You can find out more about the great work they do here – www.pathhill.com

I think you’ll all agree that Dave Chapman planned a great course for you all, showing many of you this beautiful area for the 1 st time. It’s no easy task – planning starting many months ago to ensure there is plenty of route choice and that all local land owners and residents are aware and happy with our plans. Dave is hopefully now taking a few days well-earned rest before continuing with his epic task of planning all 9 courses for this years OMM in October in South West Scotland. We’ll be making a donation to the South Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers so that they can continue their good work.

The event would not have taken place without our volunteers, who all took Friday off work and drove many miles to make it happen. From putting up and taking down the marquee, registration and car parking to (everyone’s favourite!) sorting out the portaloos, they did it all with a smile on their faces. I can’t believe how lucky we are to have such hardworking volunteers who come back to our events again and again.

So big thanks to Simon, Graeme, Ryan, Luke, Paul, Helen and Joan and Luke P. Once again Matt and Fi from the Old Post Office and their friendly team did a great job keeping us fed and watered. The warm weather certainly kept the drinks flowing and there had to be an emergency replenishment of Cider on Saturday night! I think their burgers are quite possibly the best I’ve tasted…

I had great feed back for our two Sports Therapists, Helen and Trisha, who gave amazing treatments and were very knowledgeable. They worked for about 7 hours with only a short break! If you’d like to get in touch with either of them for further treatment here’s the details:

Helen Perry
www.bergsportsmassage.com
info@bergsportsmassage.com

Patricia Price
www.propeaktherapy.com
propeaktherapy@gmail.com

On a final note, many of you may have heard that some of our competitors stopped to help a lady (unconnected with the event) who had become unwell. I can report that after a short stay in hospital she is recovering at home. Praise goes to Paul and Sally Klenerman, Dom and Delia Watts and Mark Baker for their act of kindness and of course they were reimbursed any time penalty points they would have received.

Photographs from the weekend are now on the website for you to enjoy – special thanks to Tori for her photographs at Saturdays finish. If you have any photos you would like to share please email emma@theomm.com. I look forward to seeing you all at another OMM event soon.

Emma Gill
OMM Lite Chilterns Event Coordinator

 Pos Name Club Class Time Score
1 Chris Dykes
Rob Lee
M 11:32:37 1000
2 Paul Atkinson
Tony Pitt
Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club M 12:09:29 918
3 Neil Brooks
Ray Johnstone
LOK MV 12:01:39 904
4 Matthew Denny
Alex Veale
M 11:17:24 890
5 James Godfrey
Nikki Waters
MIX 11:48:58 850
6 Antony Smith
Harry Smith
M 12:03:10 780
7 Janet Hill
John Williams
Springfield MIXV 10:55:45 770
8 James Winter
Guy Winter
M 10:32:08 760
9 Andrew Gates
Emma Pilbeam
Totton Running Club MIXV 11:50:32 740
10 Kim Chester
Adam Maycock
FoD AC MIX 10:55:43 720
11 John Franklin
Anne Jackson
Porter Valley Plodders MIXV 11:54:42 688
12 Eloise Copping
Alex Copping
Teambath AC MIX 11:13:47 680
13 Charles Gook
Samuel Gook
M 11:37:10 680
14 Jessica Watkins
Peter Mills
MIX 10:17:55 660
15 Rosie Iron
Anne Fison
F 11:41:50 650
16 Naomi Ashcroft
Helen Mangan
Upper Thames RC FV 12:12:40 648
17 Daniel Cowley
Ben Cowley
M 10:30:21 620
18 Graham Parsons
Keith Parsons
MV 11:58:16 618
19 Alexander Gaspar
Caris Marsh
MIX 10:25:48 610
20 Warren Johnson
Daniel Collins
Slinn Allstars M 11:56:49 608
21 Steven Billington
Rob Ingleby
M 10:51:21 598
22 Ben Geldeard
Laura Gregory
MIX 11:24:22 588
23 Jessica Ward
Kirsty Reade
F 12:23:31 582
24 Chad Baldock
Matthew Wroe
M 11:28:57 580
25 Stephen Dellow
Stephen Robinson
MV 11:32:32 530
26 John Hill
Andrew Gilsenan
The Treacherous Dogs MV 12:30:15 528
27 Christopher Collins
James Collins
M 11:50:14 448
Charlotte Turner
Lydia Farzin-Nia
F
 Pos Name Club Class Time Score
1 Steve Long
Michael Burgess
MV 08:11:31 800
2 Ruth Holmes
Nicky Desailly
Southern Navigators F 08:45:01 780
3 Richard Page
Rob Harwood
Chippenham Harriers M 08:43:19 776
4 Sam Scott
Paul Scott
Hart Road Runners MIX 08:57:39 754
5 Yasha Chechik
Lova Chechik
Eborienteers M 08:24:26 750
6 Brendon Howe
Alison Howe
MIXV 08:50:59 730
7 Christophe De Belder
Robert Baylis
TVOC M 09:03:22 724
8 Andy Bell
Andrew Mcfadden
DPFR M 09:17:38 706
9 Paul Boakes
Mike Deacon
Ashley Oliver
M 08:55:04 700
10 Kristin Brandl
Brooke Johnson
Reading Roadrunners MIX 08:53:54 676
11 Andrew Wood
Jack Lambdon
M 08:03:49 670
12 Amy Capper
Nigel Shekleton
Fulham / Carnethey MIX 08:49:55 660
13 Douglas Whittaker
Peter Robertson
Eva Hansen
Peter Brett Associates MIX 08:37:42 650
14 Simon Palmer
Gary Tuttle
Reading Road Runners M 08:39:22 640
15 Katie Fisher
Rob Patterson
MIX 09:06:13 626
16 Michael Raffles
Yulanda Myint
MIX 08:45:12 608
17 David Casey
Andrew Jackson
MV 08:56:45 588
18 Peter Roseff
Jennifer Hughes
MIX 08:31:19 580
19 Caroline Gilby
Jo Aatkar
Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers FV 08:39:36 580
20 Harry Phillips
Ben Masters
M 08:52:24 578
21 Thomas Bloomfield
Emily Barlow
MIX 08:36:39 570
22 Danny Bevan
Ollie Bevan
M 08:42:19 556
23 Ewan Mccombe
Jamie Mccombe
M 08:42:36 556
24 Charles Brignall
Emma Brignall
MIX 09:08:07 552
25 Naomi Mellor
Sally Taylor
F 08:38:06 530
26 Ian Wells
Chris Rowden
SOC MV 08:51:00 526
27 Nigel Whiteoak
Irene Garcia Sacedon
MIX 08:58:29 520
28 John Walmsley
Keith Henderson
Wimborne Orienteers MV 09:18:58 520
29 Heather Jackson
Sara Stead
Congleton Harriers F 08:48:25 516
30 Paul Klenerman
Sally Klenerman
MIXV 08:36:37 510
31 Luke Vincent
Lisa Soennichsen
MIX 08:38:58 510
32 Steve Moore
Stephen Naylor
MV 08:47:43 510
33 Imogen Trinder
Alexander Baker
MIX 08:54:39 508
34 Brian Courage
Naomi Ayers
M 09:00:40 502
35 Andrew White
Marian White
MIXV 08:25:38 490
36 Steve Collins
Rebecca Collins
MIX 09:30:46 488
37 Alan Cade
Samuel Cade
Stephanie Cade
MIX 09:01:21 478
38 Don Oldcorn
Jack Oldcorn
M 09:01:42 458
39 Dominic Watts
Delia Watts
Dark Peak Fell Runners MIXV 09:21:21 448
40 Jerome McAllister
 Derek McAllister
FRA M 09:01:45 438
41 Charlene Gibson
Keith Gibson
MIXV 08:57:18 436
42 John Haworth
Kit Haworth
M 08:16:50 410
43 Helen Brown-Nicho.
Oscar Brown
Helen & John Abbott
MIX 08:32:47 410
44 Joanne Allin
Jonathon Carpenter
MIX 07:59:10 390
45 Heidi Clark
Kirsty Cusworth
F 08:40:48 390
46 Jason Clark
Darren Clark
M 08:41:29 390
47 Mike Power
Nick Essex
M 08:42:31 390
48 Tom Woolley
Annalinn Woolley
MIX 08:54:12 390
49 Caty Woolley
Molly Hunt
F 08:54:27 390
50 Austin Hunt
Sally Hunt
M 08:54:33 390
51 Peter Gillespie
Cameron Gillespie
M 08:59:09 386
52 Andy Livingston
Jo Livingston
MIX 09:19:44 348
53 Patrick Austin
Karrie Doust
MIX 09:11:38 324
54 Thomas Peacock
Jacky Peacock
EAOC MIX 08:55:56 316
55 Pauline Nash
Martin Janzen
MIX 08:26:24 286
56 Mark Davies
Janet Godfrey
Dave Tyson
Oxford Coasters MIX 08:26:09 230
57 Paul Curran
Victoria Andrews
Oxford Coasters MIX 08:50:19 230
58 Anna Tassie
Aden Wells
MIX 09:17:47 174
Mark Baker M 09:21:22 448
Adolfo Menendez
Timothy OSG
M
Victoria
Tori
Media F

OMM LITE / BIKE PEAK DISTRICT 2016 RESULTS

WELL DONE EVERYONE!!

A huge thank you to all the competitors and volunteers who came to the OMM LITE & OMM BIKE event this weekend. The events were loads of fun and had a really good atmosphere all weekend. All the volunteers really enjoy putting on these events and it’s so rewarding to see so many smiling faces crossing the finish line. Well done to everyone who took part!
You can follow the link below to get your full results and splits times. We will be posting all your images in the next few days which you are welcome to take and share. We’d love to see your images and videos from the weekend so please tag OMM in your posts.

Once again a massive thanks from everyone at OMM and we look forward to seeing you at another event.

NEXT EVENTS:

OMM LITE CHILTERNS 16-17 JULY

OMM BIKE NORTH YORKSHIRE 17-18 SEPTEMBER 

OMM LITE NORTH YORKSHIRE 17-18 SEPTEMBER

Team OMM

Many thanks for the fantastic feedback it’s great to hear what you think:

‘Have to say as my first ever experience of this type of event, I definitely picked the most well organised, professional and most importantly fun filled! I will certainly be taking part again, thanks to all involved’ 

‘Thanks to you and your fab volunteers for putting on a brilliant event, we had a blast!
See you in October if not before…. ‘

‘Thanks to the OMM team for a fantastic weekend, really appreciate your help and advice as this was our first event, hopefully see you again soon.’

“My wife has, for many years, had to suffer me disappearing off to compete in the OMM, and then return damp and limping and not much use!  I hoped that the OMM Lite would be a means of introducing her to the spirit and atmosphere of the OMM, so she could get an insight. I found this weekend to be exactly that and my wife (who is not a fell runner!) really enjoyed herself and wants to do another. The thing that really stood out was the friendliness of all the staff, from the Car Parking to Registration and beyond.”

You’re welcome to save any images you like. All we ask is that you tag OMM on social media or credit us for use in print. Thanks hope you like them. Also check our Facebook page for galleries from other competitors.

OMM Lite and Bike Peak District Spring 2016 – Event Directors Report

I have now had some sleep and have had time to reflect on what was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. It was lovely to see familiar faces over the weekend and humbling to see so many new ones coming to join us, sharing in the event.

My aim for the Bike and Lite events is to provide an event that offers good competition and a challenge to those of you with experience whilst at the same time offering a friendly and informal platform for those with little or no experience to come and learn more. We are always looking for ways in which we can improve so please let us know if you have any ideas.

Steve Willis did a fantastic job of putting together some interesting navigational challenges across a beautiful part of the Peak District. Steve has ridden and walked all of the trails prior to the event, spoken with all of the land owners, tenants and various organisations responsible for the management of the area to ensure that we have the permission and support of all to allow us to put the event on. This takes a huge amount of time, dedication and considerable sweat, without which we could not have enjoyed the weekend we just have.

The event was supported by 10 volunteers, many of whom took holiday on Friday to come and get everything ready. From putting up the marquees, parking, marshalling, putting controls out and servicing toilets amongst many others, the cheerful and willing way in which they go about their business to ensure that everything is looked after continues to amaze me. It is a real privilege to have such a selfless group of people to work with. Although she won’t thank me for this, special thanks goes to Carrie who had just returned from successfully completing her first Marathon des Sables to help out.

Some of you may have noticed that St Georges Day fell on the Saturday of the event, traditionally a very busy day for the Scouts. Simon, who provided all of the infrastructure for the event (marquees, lighting, power and water) and should have been involved in the Scouting events came to help us once again, without his superhuman efforts the events would not happen.

All our events are run on a not for profit basis which is incredibly important to me as I feel it is a crucial part of the atmosphere we enjoyed over the weekend, without the willing help offered by so many this would not remain so. If you would like to help on any of the events please just let us know.

Event catering is not an easy thing to do well, especially when you are working from a field. Matt and Fi from The Old Post Office in Ingleton did the catering for the OMM last October and did such a good job that we asked them to come and help us with this one. I for one, enjoyed the food over the weekend – the chicken kebabs were really good and the friendliness of their team only added to the event.

The final thank you goes out to everyone who joined us for the weekend, competing or not. Thank you for respecting the rights of way and other users of these in the area. With one exception, we have only had compliments from the landowners and other organisations. If I knew which team it was that had sworn at a landowner when they were asked to stick to the right of way, rather than running through a field full of new born lambs they would certainly not be welcome at another of our events. There was some cracking competition on both the Bike and Lite courses with a hugely impressive performance by Tom Gibbs and Chris Hope collecting all but two controls on Saturday and clearing the course on Sunday covering a total of 226km on the Bike Long Score. On the Lite Tim Campion-Smith and Laura Heath almost cleared the course as well, of particular note that Laura is a first time competitor on OMM events.

Whilst it is important to recognise the achievements of those in the running for prizes, well done to all those who competed for the first time, submitting yourself to the challenges (and satisfaction) of planning your routes and finding the checkpoints whilst returning to the HQ as close to time as possible. Hopefully you got a chance to see some of the wonderful views, got to know your team mate better and had fun.

Friends and family are always welcome for the weekend even if they are not competing and it was great to see some of you there over the weekend. We are looking at putting on some activities during the daytime at forthcoming events and it would be great to have you join us.

Stuart Hamilton

OMM Events Director

Thank you for running and riding in the White Peak on a beautiful but cold weekend which makes my planning worthwhile. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my rides (and a few walks) during the winter despite the cold wet weather but I was relieved that we had a dry week beforehand so that the mud had chance to dry out. I realised after last year that I needed to make the Bike course longer so that Chris & Tom couldn’t clear up. I managed on Saturday but forgot about Sunday so it’s one-all now. I was

worried that I hadn’t given the runners enough variety but everyone seemed to enjoy the scenery and tracks around Dovedale on Saturday and Lathkill Dale on Sunday.

Thanks to the National Park who were happy for the event to go ahead and gave us permission to use the converted railway lines so we will be donating £2 per competitor to their trail maintenance fund.

Thanks for riding and running responsibly although, unfortunately, we didhave 2 problems on Sunday. I should have marked Oddo Farm as out of bounds as Mr Furness had given us permission to use his private track through #10 but not through his farmyard. I should also have taped the footpath past One Ash Grange for the runners approaching from the south so that you didn’t get lost and cause the farmer problems – especially as they are just coming to the end of a long and tiring lambing season. I have apologised to them both on your behalf (but one team in particular – we don’t know who, need to be more polite when asked to remain on the right of way on private land)!

Thanks to Jens Strain for yet another excellent map which was printed by Harveys. Thanks also to Brian; Christine at Darley Farm for the perfect event centre right next to the Tissington Trail. It is an official but informal caravan site and they would enjoy seeing you there again.

Thanks to Jim Imber, Jack Aspden & Stuart Pigg for helping me put out the controls on Friday and Saturday then collecting them all in on Sunday (with some extra help from Dave Evans, Graeme Thompson, Tom Williams, Zoe &; David Cowgill), we didn’t find any dropped litter or open gates.

Final thanks to the OMM team and especially Stuart and Emma for all of their hard work and enthusiasm before, during and after the event. I’m having a fornight off to play golf and check OMM controls in Southwest

Scotland then I’ll be over to the North York Moors regularly checking the bridleways and paths on the moors and in the forests north of Cropton. We’ve got another excellent event centre right next to the New Inn which is also the Cropton Brewery so hope to see you there.

Steve Willis

Course Planner

VIDEO: How to build an OMM?

VIDEO: OMM LITE Yorkshire, Headquarters build

Ever wondered what we get up to when we head over to an event centre. We set up a camera to show how we build the event centre before an event. We were lucky that this particular event was the North Yorkshire LITE at the end of September, the sun was shining and trails were dry.

OMM BIKE Yorkshire Dales 2015

OMM BIKE YORKSHIRE DALES 2015

REPORTS

Last weekend 174 runners and 109 mountain bikers took to the hills

surrounding Swaledale in the beautiful North Yorkshire Dales for the OMM LITE

& OMM BIKE. The event, based at the Dales Bike Centre, saw the competitor’s

race around the hills in search of checkpoints spread across the trails and paths

of the National Park.

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The weather forecast steadily improved all week, even remaining dry for the

setup of the event centre and getting the courses out on the hill. By Friday

lunchtime everything was ready for competitors to arrive, with Brenda and Stu

from the Bike Centre having prepared a mountain of fantastic food. Having the

luxury of a slightly later start just over half of the teams registered on Friday

evening with the rest coming through on Saturday morning. I may now have to

reconsider adding sun cream to the kit list based on the weather we all enjoyed

on Saturday. Sunday promised a bright start but the rain was due to arrive by

lunchtime but miraculously held off giving perfectly clear conditions with a nice

cool breeze, perfect riding and running conditions.

On Saturday the competitor’s set off on their chosen courses of 7, 5 or 3 hours

(Long/Polaris, Short or 3 hour non-competitive) to collect as many points as they

could within their time allowance. Each team left start line looking determined to

find the optimal route around the competition area.

The Polaris Challenge competition was a close run affair with the team of Ian

Furlong and Amy Souter being matched on a score of 790 by Kevin Hodgson,

closely chased up by Ifor Powell on 744 on the Saturday. Ian and Amy managed

to pull in a strong 594 on the second day which was enough to secure them first

place overall with Kevin and Ifor coming 2nd and 3rd respectively overall.

The Bike Long Score was absolutely dominated by local rider Graham Tibbot

who collected a whopping 1007 points on the first day, with the next rider

getting 870. This certainly generated a serious volume of conversation over a

few beers that evening on whether Graham could possibly have any legs left for

the following day and what would be the optimal route to look for. Setting off on

the Sunday morning everyone looked fresh, although I am quite sure that there

were some seriously sore legs hiding behind the smiles and we waited to see

how it would unfold. Collecting another 700 points on Sunday Graham secured a

convincing 1st place overall with a good competition for the remaining podium

places being fought out by Mark Rowley, Andy Hilder, Phil Upton and Erica Moks.

Special mention has to go to Conrad and Jill Ellison who completed yet another

event on their trusty tandem, coming in smiling both days and winning the

Mixed Team prize.

The Bike Short Score was another close run affair with Simons Howarth and

Kirby lying in 1st place after day 1, closely followed by Jeff Mew and the teams of

Graham and Martin Sellens and Emma van der Gucht and Carina Hirz not far

behind. Recently returning from injury, Jeff was not to be outdone and had a

strong day2 pushing him into 1st place overall, forcing both Simons into 2nd place,

with Emma and Carina taking 3rd overall and 1st female prizes.

Following the success of the last OMM Lite in Bamford we were really looking

forward to welcoming all the teams to this event. The concept behind the event

is to provide a platform for experienced runners to stretch their legs and get the

training miles in, whilst also offering a very relaxed platform for people who

have never done anything like this before and the feedback is that you like it! It

was great to see a good mixture of experienced OMM competitors and those

coming to the challenge for the first time. I am looking forward to finding out

how the event has worked as a training event for the OMM later next month with

quite a few teams lining it up for the first time.

The winning team of Ralph Baines and Barry Awan on the OMM Lite Long Score

who took 1st place overall and the Veterans prize proved that experience counts

for a lot over the younger legs of Fred Prall and Johan Gausden who finished only

27 points behind after the two days, beating Richard Walklate and Charles Brent

into 3rd place overall with an extremely tight 3 point margin. The team of Alice

Asbury and Robyn Cassidy took the 1st Female prize which is worthy of note as

one of the ladies (no names) had never competed on anything like this before.

The OMM Lite Short Score title was closely fought with the top 7 teams all within

50 points of each other at the end of day 1. Day 2 saw some changes in the top

placings but no one was able to catch Mark Nooney and Jon Cresswell who

finished with 742 points. 2nd place went to the family team of Graham and Sam

Atkinson, a very strong effort as to qualify for the family prize one of the team

must be aged 16 years or younger on the day of the event and taking 2nd place

overall against some experienced runners is a real achievement. 3rd place was

claimed by Richard Page and Neil Towers who produced solid performances on

both days. Brendon and Alison Howe took the Mixed team prize and I hope that

Alison enjoyed her first experience of an OMM event as much as Brendon

enjoyed bringing her on it!

One of the significant differences between the OMM and the OMM Lite events is

that they are not open access. Events are governed by different regulations than

individuals and cannot use open access land without specific permissions in

place. Unfortunately I did not make sure that this was communicated clearly

enough and some teams did take open access routes to some of the checkpoints.

I took the decision to deduct the points gained from the checkpoints reached via

these routes and allow all teams to remain competitive. This information will

now also appear on the event maps for the next time in the Derbyshire Dales in

April. It is absolutely vital that we maintain good relationships with landowners,

organisations and tenants who manage, own and have responsibility for the

areas in which we have the events and I would like to thank all f you for

supporting us in this.

We were completely spoiled by fantastic weather over the weekend, well fed by

Brenda and Stu at the event centre and presented with some great route choices

by Steve Willis and his team. Jens Strain and Harvey Maps produced very good

quality mapping for the event and I would also like to say a big thank you the

North Yorkshire Scouts and all the other volunteers who willingly support the

event.

The final thank you goes out to all of you who turned up and worked so hard

over the weekend, offering some very interesting competition and hopefully

enjoyed yourselves.

ARTICLES

Date: 4/10/15

Website:GirlsRidetoo.de

Article link here

Mountainbike Orientieren in England

[Rennfieber-Blog | INA] Mountainbike Orientieren in England – oder auch die Geschichte einer wunderbaren, außergewöhnlichen Freundschaft:

Wie komme ich dazu mein Fahrrad in eine Bikebox und alle restlichen Rennutensilien für zwei Tage in einen großen Rucksack zu stopfen?

Ich möchte ein langes Wochenende mit einer Freundin Emma verbringen. Uns fällt gleichzeitig ein, dass wir ja gemeinsam ein Rennen fahren könnten – eine langes Vorhaben, dass sich wohl in die Realität begeben soll – was uns verbindet ist eine ganz ungewöhnliche Geschichte:

Vor fünf Jahren macht mein Freund ein Adventure Race im Expeditionsformat und hat bei der Teamsuche plötzlich Emma aus England an Board. Emma und ich fangen an zu schreiben. Emma, die starke Ausdauersportlerin und eine grüne Nase im Ausdauersport. Kurze Zeit später besuchen wir Emma im November 2010 und seitdem verbindet Emma und mich eine tiefe Freundschaft über tausende Kilometer.

Ich fliege also Mittwoch morgens nach England und habe zwei Tage Zeit mich an „englisches Wetter“ zu gewöhnen. Verzweifelt hatte ich dies in München und den Bergen probiert. Jedoch scheiterte dies an den heißen Sommertagen, die einfach keine englischen Charakterzüge annehmen wollten.

Die Tage vor dem Rennen ist das Wetter schön und für englische Verhältnisse mit 17 Grad der pure Sommer! Das Wochenende hat bombastisches Wetter angekündigt und ich kann es gar nicht glauben: Samstag 20 Grad Sonne und Sonntag 16 Grad bewölkt – doch beide Tage trocken?! Hallo England, wo ist dein Regen?

Wir verbringen den Freitag mit dem Checken vom Equipment, backen „Flap Jacks“ (sowas wie Müsliriegel), packen „Monchibags“ (oder wie auch immer man das schreibt: Versorgungstaschen am Oberrohr), ölen, putzen und füllen unsere Flaschen.

Wir fahren also Samstag Früh zum Start und kommen erstmal zu spät. Eine total entspannte Atmosphäre empfängt uns mit „Don´t worry, you are fine. Park you car, get some tea and the maps.“ Ok, das ist mal tiefst entspannt. Das sogenannten „Yorkshire Folk“ läuft in hochsommerlicher Kleidung bei 14 Grad über den Zeltplatz, während ich noch meine Bommelmütze und dünne Daunenjacke benötige. Unsere Räder sind zügig fertig, wir sind beide routiniert. Wir gönnen uns einen Tee und prägen uns potentielle Routenmöglichkeiten ein. Eine halbe Stunde später beginnt es nun: Mein erstes Mountainbike Orientierenungsrennen. Wir stempeln, laufen mit unseren Karten zur Info welche Checkpunkte heute geöffnet sind und zeichnen deren Wertigkeit ein. Unsere Aufgaben sind klar verteilt: Emma navigiert und erinnert ans Essen. Ich habe die Zeit und Distanz im Blick und spiele die Geschwindigkeitslokomotive. „10 Minutes Emma!“ – bei Minute 12 sitzen wir auf den Bikes und biegen erstmal falsch ab! Emma sieht es gleich und wir sind uns hier sicher, dass wir DEN Navigationsfehler gemacht haben und nun alles super läuft – doch da hatten wir uns getäuscht.

Mein erstes  Erlebnis zum englischen Wetter: 30 Minuten im Rennen und voller „Cow Poo“ – das Zeug klebt überall, es hatte ja schließlich die Tage vorher geregnet. Wir sind super unterwegs, sammeln Punkte über Punkte. Ich frage mich, ob ich hier wirklich in einem Rennen bin? Der Blick auf meinen Puls verrät mir, dass ich in einem bin – obwohl es sich gar nicht so anfühlt. Eine bordeaux farbende Landschaft umgibt uns auf einer (englischen) Hochebene, die Sonne strahlt mit unserem Grinsen um die Wette und das einzige was wir uns fragen ist „Is this real?“. Wir haben so lange mit dem Gedanken gespielt gemeinsam ein Teamrennen zu machen, unzählige persönliche, berufliche und private Höhen und Tiefen als Freundinnen gemeistert und strampeln nun hier durch den Norden von England.

Für drei Sekunden habe ich einen Kloß im Hals, weil es einfach unfassbar ist hier zu sein und ein Rennen zu fahren. Hier fahren wir also ein Rennen und es fühlt sich als mega Abenteuer an!

Zuviel Zeit zum Nachdenken bleibt nicht. Immer wieder heißt es rechts, links, Gatter auf und zu, Checkpunkt stempeln, Karte wenden und auf der richtigen Straßenseite fahren. Und dann passiert es – wir treffen eine Entscheidung, die uns wohl den Sieg der zwei Tage kosten wird. Emma und ich reden aneinander vorbei wo wir auf der Karte sind und entscheiden uns durch einen Farnwald zu schieben. Es dauert 45 Minuten bis wir den Weg hinter uns gebracht haben. Diese Minuten fehlen uns für hochwertigere Checkpunkte. Viel Zeit zum Grübeln bleibt aber nicht – wir wollen jetzt innerhalb der fünf Stunden ankommen, denn jede Minute länger als 5 Stunden gibt Punktabzug.

Die Uhr tickt ohne Erbarmen runter und wir drücken auf die Tube. Ich werde langsam mit dem Blick auf die Uhr nervös. Noch 10 Minuten, ein Checkpunkt und dann erst Ziel? Emma ist optimistisch und entscheidet wir schaffen das – alles klar! Und tatsächlich: wir schaffen das! Checkpunkt geholt, Windschatten fahren und da ist das Ziel! 4:58 Stunden lautet das Ergebnis. Jippieh! Wir haben uns heute den 5.Platz Gesamt geholt und stellen schnell fest, dass die fehlenden 70 Punkte heute der Tagessieg gewesen wäre. Wir holen uns einen Tee und lassen die letzten Stunden ausklingen, bevor wir auf die Rückfahrt aufbrechen. Naja morgen ist ja auch noch ein Tag, um nochmal anzugreifen!

Samstag Abend verbringen wir vor der Karte und der Recherche nach gut fahrbaren Wegen und möglichen Routenoptionen. Wir fachsimpeln zwei Stunden hin und her, markieren Wege und Routen. Wir haben den Plan morgen mindestens einen Platz aufzuholen. Wir fallen müde ins Bett, unser Geschnatter hat doch recht lange gedauert.

Der Sonntag beginnt hektisch – Emma hat vor dem Start einen Platten. Also schnell gemeinsam gewechselt, die Startzeit rückt näher. Warmfahren adé – ich bin ja so schlecht im Kaltstart und dann noch gleich am Berg! Emma fährt vorne weg und sucht schon mal den Weg bis ich in den Tritt komme, aber der lässt heute  noch auf sich warten. Nach langen 45 Minuten sind auch meine Beine warm und wir sammeln fleißig Punkte. Immer wieder ruft Emma „Time?“ oder ich rufe alle 15 Minuten die „Time“. Und dann passiert etwas, dass wir auch nicht so ganz auf dem Schirm haben: Wir sind unserer Kalkulation nach 45 Minuten voraus. Also schnell umplanen und wir entscheiden auf volles Risiko:

Wir werden das Tal noch weiter in den Westen fahren, einen weiteren Checkpunkt holen und mit Sicherheit die 4 Stunden Rennzeit heute überziehen, aber wenn wir bei ca. 5 bis 7 Minuten  bleiben könnte dies den Unterschied ausmachen, ob wir einen Platz nach vorne kommen.

Das Wetter zeigt sich heute eher englisch: Es ist bedeckt und windig. Aber trocken. Emma meint hierzu „It is perfect cycling weather today!“ Ich frage, was dann das gestern war – „a freakin miracle“ – alles klar, dann weiß ich das auch =)

Emma hat keine Probleme im Wind zu fahren, im Gegensatz zu mir. Sie fängt ihn etwas ab, das erleichtert es mir nicht seitlich vom Bike zu kippen. Wir entscheiden uns eine kurze steile Rampe zu fahren, um dann eine lange Schotterabfahrt zu  nehmen. Eigentlich länger, aber bergauf viel Teer und somit hoffentlich schneller. Wir finden die erste Abfahrt nicht, fahren weiter und finden dann doch noch einen fahrbaren Weg. Wir holen hier spontan einen weiteren Punkt, weil wir so gut in der Zeit sind und müssen wieder umdrehen, weil wir eigentlich in die 180 Grad andere Richtung müssen.

Die steile Rampe schieben wir hoch, mampfen Jelly Babies und salzige Nüsse. Die Rennzeit schaut richtig gut aus und wir sind heilfroh die Schotterabfahrt nach unten zu nehmen und nicht bergauf zu müssen. Einen Teil muss ich schieben, weil der Schotter arg lose ist. Auf der Teerstraße können wir wieder gut Tempo machen, ich strampel vorne und Emma navigiert bzw. kalkuliert Zeiten, bei denen wir unbedingt Richtung Osten zum Ziel müssen.

Die Straße wird zu einem Waldweg, der etwas schwer zu fahren ist – bei uns nennt man sowas Trail. Wir kämpfen uns tapfer durch und finden endlich den westlichsten Punkt und können umdrehen. Die Zeit schaut richtig gut aus, wir könnten es fast noch in unter 4 Stunden schaffen, ja wenn, ja wenn. Wir müssen auf Trail Richtung Osten fahren und müssen gefühlte 100 Gatter öffnen und schließen. „Some tough german grumbling is going on!“ Ich muss lachen und merke, dass mich das einfach hier und jetzt stresst, weil es uns Zeit kostet. Emma ist mal wieder die mentale Ruhe in unserem Team und dann sind wir uns schnell sicher, wir kommen 5 bis 7 Minuten zu spät. Wir geben mehr als Vollgas – und dann sehen wir schon die Zielfahnen und schießen fast am letzten Checkpunkt auf dem Gelände vorbei. Wir kommen 5 Minuten und 20 Sekunden zu spät und müssen daher ein paar Punkte abgeben. Jedoch stellen wir sehr schnell bei der Auswertung unserer Chips fest, dass wir auf Gesamtrang 3 vorgefahren sind. In der Tageswertung sind wir sogar auf Platz 2!

Wir holen unsere Zielverpflegung, wobei Tee natürlich hier nicht fehlen darf. Als wir aufgerufen werden, rechnen wir gar nicht mit einer anderen Wertung als in der Gesamtplatzierung – da wenig Frauen mitgefahren sind. Doch der Veranstalter sieht das anders: 1.vPlatz bei den Frauen und 3. Platz Gesamt – dies bedeutet in England, dass alle Teams (Männer, Frauen, Mixed) zusammen genommen werden und dann die Gesamtplatzierung so entsteht.

Was für ein Wochenende. Was für ein Rennen. Was für ein Erlebnis. Das erste, was ich denke ist, dass ich hier her zurück kommen möchte. Emma und ich haben als Team sensationell harmoniert. Dies war aber auch zu erwarten. Haben wir doch vorab uns ganz genau über unsere Aufgaben, Stärken und Schwächen ausgetauscht.

Zum guten Schluss habe ich einen Tipp für alle Ausdauerbekloppten, die gern länger unterwegs sind (oder auch mal ein Adventure Race machen): Es gibt Oberrohrtaschen, in denen sehr leicht die Verpflegung zugänglich ist. Hier hatte jede von uns zwei Tüten: Einmal klein geschnittene Müsliriegel, die kann man so leicht kauen. Und eine Mixedtüte mit gesalzenen Mandeln, Naturcashew Nüssen und Jelly Babies (so ähnlich wie Gummibärchen, nur noch irgendwie mit Puderzuckerähnlichem Zeug umhüllt). Jelly Babies sind wahrlich keine gute Empfehlung für den Alltag, aber in der Kombination im Rennen die totale Geschmacksexplosion =)

Also liebe Frauen – ab auf´s Rad. Ab ins Abenteuer. Auch wenn ihr Angst vor Marathon oder sonstigen Veranstaltungen habt, hier „oben“ in England gibt es Veranstaltungen, die wunderbar für Frauen sind, dass ich es wirklich von Herzen empfehlen kann. „Unser“ neues Projekt ist ein 3 Tages Bergmarathon im Frühjahr 2016!

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Collect your map.
Follow the trails.
Find the checkpoints.
Highest score wins.
Run or Mountain Bike
Solo or in a Team.

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Choose to run or mountain bike around your quest for checkpoints. Make it as hard as you want, run hard or stop for refreshments on the way.

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Fun with friends or solo. Saturday night everyone finishes back at the campsite to relax. Bring everything you need for a epic weekend with friends and family. Non competitors are welcome to camp with you whilst you’re out on the trails. Our massive catering marquee & bar will be open all weekend.

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“Never done an event like this before, was surprised how much fun it was with the navigation and finding our route. Would recommend it.”
“Great event, superbly organised, very friendly and welcoming. When’s the next one?”
“Great fun, excellent training for the October OMM”
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In order to conduct the competition on a fair and equal basis for all participants, and ensure safety, it is necessary to apply rules governing a competitor’s conduct, clothing and equipment. 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 headquarters and download (and on Sunday return their scoring tag) 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. All competitors must be 14 years on the day of the competition and the combined age of the team must be at least 35 years.  Any competitor under the age of 16 not competing with their parent/guardian must complete a parental consent form.  Younger competitors may be considered on a case by case basis – please email emma@theomm.com.

3. At least one member of the team must be able to read a map using a compass, without the aid of GPS devices.

4. The event is for solos or teams of two or three.  Teams must maintain contact (communicate by voice) throughout the competition. Both team members must visit the control sites together carrying all their equipment. ie: if running rucksacks must be in possession of the teams at all times and both team members must dib in the control box.  If one member of the team cannot continue the whole team is retired – the map provides an emergency telephone number.  In the case of an emergency, teams must exercise their own judgment as to the appropriate action to take, including leaving a partner in a warm safe environment to seek help from others.

5.  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.

6. 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 declaration form must be handed in at registration.

7. Well behaved dogs are welcome at the event HQ but must be kept on a lead at all times.  Dogs are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course.

8. Competitors must not seek to obtain unfair advantage by searching for courses or inspecting the competition area before the event. Note: Access permission to the competition area is restricted to the weekend of the event only.

9.   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).

10. 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.

11. Competitors must permit the examination of their equipment by race officials at all times.

12. On completion of the course all competitors must still be in possession of sufficient rations for an emergency.

13. No open fires or charcoal BBQs permitted at the Event HQ/camping field.

14.  Sport Ident timing cards are issued to each team at registration (attached to the wrist).  Competitors will be charged the cost of replacement (currently £35) for any loss or damage to these.

15. OMM Bike only – e-bikes are welcome but the organisers must be informed you will be riding one (e-bike competitors will be non competitive.

14.  OMM Ltd reserve the right to use any digital media captured at the event for promotional/marketing purposes.[/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”EVENT CENTRE, CAMPING AND TRAVEL”]

LOCATION

We’re delighted to be having this year’s OMM Lite and Bike in the rolling hills of Cannock Chase.

EVENT HQ

The Event HQ will be located at:

Tackeroo Site
Penkridge Bank Rd,
Rugeley
WS15 2UA

Access to parking and the Event Centre will be clearly signposted.

There will be a big heated marquee with plenty of seating, catering and bar.  Toilets and drinking water will also be provided.   We’ll also have Physiotherapy/Sports Massage available all weekend – more details to follow soon.   For riders there will also be on site bike repairs and spares available.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be open from 15:00 hours to 23:00 hours on Friday and from 07:00 hours on Saturday 26th October.  If registering on Saturday morning please leave plenty of time. Competitors are advised to register early to prevent last minute queues.  

Please bring your teams completed and signed OMM Kit Check and Declaration.  Please ensure that the car registration number of THE CAR THAT YOU TRAVELLED IN is included on your declaration form.

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 this is 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

Car keys can be deposited at registration.  The organisers shall not be responsible for any keys left in their possession and accept no liability for their safekeeping howsoever arising.

FOOD AND DRINK

We’re pleased to say that Matt, Fi and the team from Barrett Kitchen and Bar will be returning to this years OMM Festival.  All competitors have a hot meal and drink included in their entry fee which will be served at the Event HQ at the end of the race on Sunday.  Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available and should be requested on your entry form.

Food and a bar serving a selection of drinks will also be available all weekend (menu will be posted shortly).  We try hard to encouraging recycling and sustainability and to encourage this a deposit of £1.50 for a reusable pint pot is now required when purchasing drinks from the bar.   

THE OMM SHOP

As ever there will be an opportunity to stock up on race goodies.  Alongside the OMM range, we will have a great selection of accessories from plenty of great brands.  And of course we’ll have a few special offers, perfect for rewarding yourself after a hard weekend!

For any non competitors there are several biking and walking routes suitable for all ages right on the doorstep of the event centre.

CAMPING

Space for 1 x tent or campervan is included for each competitor and you will have booked this on your entry form.

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along, but there is a small charge of £15 per extra tent or campervan space.  To book please email emma@theomm.com

Camping is in the forest next to the Event HQ and you can park next to your tent. We provide toilets and drinking water. No fires or BBQ’s (other than gas) please. You can also bring your campervan or caravan, just be aware there may not be hard standing and no electric hook ups.

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.

TRAVEL

By Car. 

The Event HQ is located between Stafford and Cannock to the East of the A34.  Access to the Tackeroo Event Site is from the North and will be signposted.

Public Transport.

The following is for information only you MUST check with transport provider for current timetables.

By Train.  The nearest Stations, dependent on where you are travelling from are Rugeley Trent Valley and Rugeley Town, Hednesford and Cannock.  The closest is approx 3 miles from the event HQ.[/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”COURSES”]SCORE COURSES (points based competition):

OMM Lite and Bike competitors will be given a map at the start line (a new one on each day), on it are all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth.

The team that collects the most points in the time allowed wins. One benefit of the score course is that you don’t have to stay out for the whole time allowance and can finish when you choose.

Example Map:

Short Score

The Short Score – fixed period competition with time limits of 5 hours on the first day followed by 4 hours on the second where teams accrue as many points as possible. Checkpoints are assigned points values based on their location and teams are free to choose their route to gain the highest score possible. Points are deducted for being outside your allocated time limit at a rate of 2 points per minute or part thereof. This course is as challenging as you choose to make it and is perfect for first time competitors or those wishing to take a more relaxed approach to the competition. You will still need to be able to read a map.


Long Score

The Long Score – fixed period competition with a time limit of 7 hours on the first day and 5 hours on the second day where teams accrue as many points as possible. Checkpoints are assigned points values based on location with competitors free to choose permitted routes for the highest score. This course tests navigation ability and is as physically as challenging as you choose to make it. Points are deducted for being outside your allocated time limit at a rate of 2 points per minute or part thereof. Experience and fitness is required. Teams with members under the age of 18 should have competed on the Short Score or similar courses in the past.[/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”KIT LIST”]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
  • Pen/pencil and paper capable of being used in wet conditions
  • Survival bag (not a sheet)
  • Emergency rations
  • Water carrying capability

OMM BIKE

  • Helmet (MUST be worn at all times when riding)
  • Clothing suitable for riding
  • Taped seams waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm layer top
  • Whistle & Compass
  • Map (as supplied)
  • First aid equipment
  • Pen/pencil and paper capable of being used in wet conditions
  • Survival bag (not a sheet)
  • Emergency rations
  • Bike repair kit
  • Water carrying capability

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.

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 Saturday morning.

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.

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At your allotted start time head to the start line with all your equipment.  You will be given any final information and your map  (a new one on each day), on which are all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth.  You will then dib your timing tag in the START box and your time will begin – please move away from the start line to do any planning of your route.

The team that collects the most points in the time allowed wins. One benefit of the score course is that you don’t have to stay out for the whole time allowance and can finish when you choose.

PUNCHING AT A CONTROL POINT

Each checkpoint will have the standard orienteering orange and white sign with control station attached to it. Each competitor will be issued with an SI-tag. SI-tags are small plastic pegs which have an electronic chip in one end. Your SI-tag should be dibbed into the hole at each control station in order for competitors to register that they have visited the control; it gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that the dibbing has been successful.

In the unlikely event that the control station doesn’t register, please record your visit on your map by writing the 3 letters shown on the control box into the space provided and report the fact to the marshals and after you pass through the finish.

After finishing on day 1 you will be directed to the download station where you will dib your tag and be given a print out showing the controls visited with points and split times. Please move away from the area THEN check your printout. If anything is wrong or you need to report having to punch manually, proceed to the enquiry point.  Make sure to keep your tag on overnight to use on the second day.   At the end of day 2 you will follow the same procedure and your SI-tag will be removed.

SI-TAG

The SI tag will be attached loosely to your wrist at registration using a tamper proof wrist strap. 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. You will be at risk of disqualification if you remove the tag from your wrist. 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.

SAFETY

The tag has your team number printed on it and is the only way we can tell who is still out on the course. All tags MUST be returned to the event centre by 17:00 on the Sunday before you leave the competition area: Missing tag = Missing team = Search party.

THE FINISH

The finish point will be shown on competitor’s maps.  Pairs must finish together. Failure to finish as a team will lead to disqualification.  After you have finished, please go immediately to download where you will be given your score printout, then make your way to the food area, show your printout and enjoy some well deserved hot food and drink![/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”BRITISH MOUNTAIN BIKING ORGANISATION (BMBO)”]BMBO

The OMM Bike event is included in the BMBO national league – make sure you give your BMBO number on your entry form for your result to count towards this!

BMBO  events are run throughout the year all around the country – more information can be found here

[/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”PRIZES & AWARDS”]The prize ceremony will follow the hot meal and will be held in the marquee at approx. 14:00 on Sunday.  Details to follow:[/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”KEY TIMES”]Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL

Friday 

15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens

16:00 Food and bar available

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

23:00 Registration Closes

Saturday 

07:00 –  Registration opens

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available

08:30 – 10:15 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

10:30 Trail Marathon Start

12:00 Trail Half Marathon Start*

13:00 Food and bar available

22:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

Sunday

07:00  Breakfast/hot food available

08:00-10:00 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

11:30 Trail 10km Starts

14:00 approximate time for OMM Lite/Bike Prize Ceremony[/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”TEAM CHANGES, DEFERMENTS AND CANCELLATION”]NAME AND COURSE CHANGES

Up to 19 April 19.  Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing emma@theomm.com

After 19 April 19. 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  3 March 19, a refund (minus 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.[/mk_toggle][mk_toggle style=”fancy” title=”ORGANISERS & PLANNERS”]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 Planner:  Sion James

Event catering: Matt and Fi, the Old Post Office, Ingleton

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

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ENTRY FEE INCLUDES

  • Includes entry into the event
  • FREE Friday night camping
  • FREE Saturday night camping
  • SPORTident timing chips
  • Event centre activities
  • Event photographs
  • Bespoke OMM LITE maps
  • Hot meal after the event
  • Free parking at event centre
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Solo Runner or Mountain Bike entry

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£65

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Team of 2 Runners or Mountain Bike entry

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£130

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