UPDATE 17th September 

Dear Competitor,

It is with deep sadness that we must cancel the OMM 2020.

The build up for the event this year has been under more intense scrutiny than ever, and rightly so given the circumstances.

The Scottish Government, and all of us, need to cooperate to beat this terrible virus and, in Scotland, one of the measures has been to require larger sporting events to be registered with Scottish Athletics for professional risk assessment. OMM did this and was quickly recognised as an event where, due to the nature of the course and landscape, social distancing is inherently adhered to, as long as it could implement some changes to its staging areas (HQ, Start, Finish, overnight etc).

These plans were made and submitted and we received approval by Scottish Athletics and Environmental Health Argyle and Bute.

This week they have been officially revoked by the political body that Scottish Athletics report to.    Mark Munro, CEO- Scottish Athletics, comments, ‘There is generally a real concern about the virus spread at Holyrood, anything that looks slightly risky in their minds is being postponed.’

At OMM, we consider the rising infection rate is reason enough to take additional precautions, however we hope that there will be sufficient stability by 2021 that complying with written government guidelines will be sufficient to allow events to proceed.

Sooo, For the first time in 53 years, there will be no OMM.

The OMM has always been, and will remain, a place to test yourself, find your limits and see if you can step beyond them. We will miss this highlight of our year.

For the volunteers and the organising teams, the event presents a similar challenge as we champion the positives of allowing open access to explore the wilder spaces. ‘No’ is not a new word to us and we will continue to fight for the event in 2021.

What will happen from here?

We expect to have the systems in place to finalise entrants’ refund options by early October. Once this is done, we will set up the systems and email you so that you can claim your refund, deferral place or product replacement for your ticket. We also intend to run the event at Arrochar on 30-31st October 2021.

I hope you will join me in thanking all the OMM and volunteer teams for their hard work in getting us this far.  Thank you for showing your support by entering this year’s event in these uncertain times, and I hope we can rely on your support and participation in the future.

On behalf of the team, stay safe and keep embracing the challenges.

Warm regards

 

Stuart Hamilton

The Original Mountain Marathon was created in 1968 to allow those who love the mountains an opportunity to test their abilities.

“Enjoyable suffering. I spent much of the 2019 event playing bog roulette.” – Dom Watts
“Truly epic! everyone needs to do an OMM at some point” – Caroline Wade
“It was devised to see who is the most competent person in the mountains… that puts you in the running to be most competent person, full stop.” – Vassos Alexander

The challenge in detail…

On the start line you & your partner will receive a map of your chosen course. You then need to plan a route to visit the marked checkpoints spread across the course area finishing at the overnight wild camp marked on the map.

You’ll need to use your understanding of the terrain & conditions to make appropriate kit decisions and route choices. This includes carrying everything your team will need for the 2 days including an unsupported overnight camp.

The challenge is in your decision making; what route you choose, what kit you take, how hard you push…….which partner you choose.

Sunday is a new map with a different set of checkpoints. Another opportunity to find more checkpoints in another part of the course taking you back to the event centre and the finish.

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About the OMM…

The UK’s biggest mountain race has shaped the UK outdoor community for 50 years. Since 1968 the UK’s greatest running legends, product creators & influential people have stood on the start line.  The OMM ‘s ethos of taking responsibility for your actions in our wild spaces continues to be passed down the generations.

British Army Commanding Officers may deem that the OMM contributes to the unit’s individual or collective military training outputs (particularly navigation skills), when those planning to participate have suitable experience to take part safely.

 
 

EVENT DETAILS

Will the event go ahead?     

Unfortunately the 53rd OMM is now cancelled – see information at top of this page.

COMPETITION RULES AND 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 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 may be banned from future events.

  1. THE GOLDEN RULE  –  once registered, competitors must report to the Event Centre to return their timing tag by 16:30 hours on the Sunday whether they have completed the course or not.  Without it the team is deemed missing and will be searched for!  Please note that if you fail to return the tag before leaving the event area you may be liable for any rescue costs incurred.
  2. Age Limits – Elite Class, all competitors must be 18 years old on the date of the competition and at least one of each team must be a minimum of 20 years of age. In other classes A,B and Score courses, all competitors must be a minimum of 16 years on the day of the competition and at least one of each team must be aged 18 years or older.
  3. Previous Winners – The overall winning teams on each course are not eligible to compete competitively in the same class in future years (this excludes Long Score and Elite).
  4. Previous Experience – A minimum amount of Mountain Experience, navigation and outdoor skills are essential and details of previous experience must be provided on the entry form.  
  5. Staying Together – The event is for teams of two or three (see rule 6) and teams must maintain contact (close enough to communicate by voice) throughout the competition. Both team members must visit the control sites together carrying all their equipment. i.e. the team must be in possession of both rucksacks at all times. If one member of the team cannot continue the whole team is retired – The only exception is in the case of an emergency, when competitors must exercise their own mountain judgement as to the appropriate action to take, including but not limited to leaving a partner in a warm safe environment to seek help from others.  The map provides an emergency telephone number and mobile coverage is available in most of the higher areas.
  6. Teams of Three. Teams of three can also compete in the OMM, this allows those that are keen to compete but do not have a team mate to enter in line with our ethos of encouraging as many people as possible to get out and responsibly use our wild spaces.  Contact emma@theomm.com to add a third team member.
  7. Out of Bounds – areas and compulsory crossing points are marked on the competition map and must be respected.
  8. Equipment – Teams must carry or wear all the equipment and clothing on the official kit list. This is the absolute minimum for safety and survival. The kit check, declaration and safety rules form must be signed online before arriving at the event.  It will be available to sign online two weeks before the event.
  9. Kit Inspection – Competitors must permit the examination of their equipment by race officials at all times.
  10. Emergency Rations – On completion of the course all competitors must still be in possession of sufficient rations for an emergency.
  11. Start Times/Course Closure Time – Start times for both days will be shown on the event details and Saturday and Sunday course will be shown on the map and must be clearly adhered to. Teams failing to finish within the course times may be disqualified or (if on Saturday) may be allowed to continue but marked as ‘Timed Out’ at the Organiser’s discretion.
  12. Timing Tag – Sport Ident timing cards are issued to each team at registration (attached to the wrist).  Competitors will be charged the cost of replacement (currently £35.00) for any loss or damage to these.
  13. Courses – Competitors must not seek to obtain unfair advantage by searching for courses or inspecting the competition area before the event.
  14. *Updated* GPS/Mobile phones – GPS devices (including mobile phones and watches) may be carried throughout the event but must not be used for navigation.  An altimeter can be used but please note: we remove the height data from the maps. Any team found using their mobile phone or other electronic device for communication or navigation purposes (including time and distance), except in the case of emergency, 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).  For OMM 2020 only: This year remove the need for a results board (and crowding) competitors will be able to use their mobile phone at the overnight campsite to access the day 1 results online.     
  15. 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 from future events.  This includes abiding by the OMM Participants Code of Conduct.
  16. Dogs – No dogs are permitted in the competition area.
  17. Fires – No open fires permitted anywhere on the course or at the Overnight campsite.
  18. Noise – No unnecessary noise after 22:00hrs.
  19. Illegal drugs – Illegal drug use will not be tolerated at the OMM. Please do not bring and/or take drugs.  Any drug use will be reported to the police.
  20. U18s –Must be accompanied by a suitable and responsible adult guardian.  The guardian is responsible for the welfare of the child.

Event HQ location:

Arrochar Alps – HQ location to be notified shortly.

When you arrive you will be met by our friendly volunteer marshals.   Please follow their instructions.  You will be directed to registration, please be prepared to queue outside and possibly wait in your vehicle at busy times.

HOW TO GET THERE?

Please ensure you adhere to Scottish COVID-19 guidelines when you are travelling to and from the event.   

COACH TRANSFER:

We will be providing subsidised coach transfers from Paisley Gilmore St Rail Station and Glasgow Airport on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.   On average it takes between 1hr 10mins – 1hr 30mins for the journey, but this is dependent on traffic and any incidents.

Paisley Gilmour Street Station has several connections to/from Glasgow Central Station every hour with a journey time of only 10-15 mins.

The cost will be £20 return/£10 single per person.   Please note that capacity on each coach is reduced to approximately 50% due COVID restrictions.

Friday 23rd October

19:00 – depart Paisley Gilmour Street Station and travel via Glasgow airport (depart 19:20) to the Event Centre
21:30 – depart Paisley Gilmour Street Station and travel via Glasgow airport (depart 21:50) to the Event Centre

Sunday 25th October

15:00 – depart Event HQ and travel via Glasgow airport to Paisley Gilmour Street Station
17:30 – depart Event HQ and travel via Glasgow airport to Paisley Gilmour Street Station

Online booking will be available shortly.

BY AIR:

The closest airport is Glasgow.  See above for coach transfer to event centre.

BY TRAIN:  

Glasgow Central station is easily reached from around the UK rail network. See above for coach transfer to event centre.

BY CAR:

Parking will be on grass (tractor available in case of mud!)

Car parking will be at a premium this year and the Event HQ location is reached via a minor road so, for these reasons, we need to try and keep car numbers to a minimum.  We would ask, (where possible given COVID 19 restrictions), that you travel at least 2 per vehicle.

GROUP TRAVEL VEHICLES – MINIBUS, COACH

If you are travelling to the event on private group transport please get in touch with emma@theomm.com for details of where to park or drop off.

CAMPERVANS/MOTORHOMES  

Please read info in ‘Camping, Campervans and accommodation’ section.

The Event HQ will be located at:

to be announced very soon!

REGISTRATION

Registration will be open from 15:00 hours to 22:30 hours on Friday 23rd October and from 06:00 hours 09:00 on Saturday 24th October.   2m queue systems will be in place so be prepared to queue outside and to wait in your car (if applicable) if asked to do so.

If registering on Saturday morning be aware it is approx 3.5km walk (fully marked and on flat ground) to the start line on Saturday morning.  You must factor this in and give yourself time to register and walk to the start for you start time (this will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the event).  Competitors are advised to register early to prevent last minute queues.

If you register on Friday you can go directly to the start line from the camping area or your accommodation (if walking distance).   NO PARKING is available at the start area.

Only 1 team member should go to registration, do not bring your kit.  This year you will be asked to electronically sign the OMM Kit Check and Declaration, and the OMM Participants Code of Conduct prior to arriving at the Event.   This cannot be done at registration.   These will be available to electronically sign online 2 weeks prior to the event.

At registration each team will collect 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 included in your entry fee BUT if you lose or damage the dibber you will be charged the cost of replacement (currently £35.00).  More information on timing tags in ‘DURING THE RACE’ below.

New for this year, each team will be issued with 2 waterproof maps at registration.  These will show all the controls (for all courses) for Day 1.   At the Start line on Saturday you will receive a handout specific to your course which will show the relevant checkpoints for your team.   More details in ‘WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE RACE’ below.

THE OMM SHOP

This year we will be asking you to pre-order wherever possible.    Although there will be a possibility to purchase last minute kit list items!  A link to do this and select ‘collect at event’ will be available soon.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 you will be unable to try on any items of kit or clothing.

CAR KEYS

Car keys can be deposited at registration or at the start line on Day 1. Wherever possible keys will not be touched by anyone else.   Collection is only from the Event Centre.  The organisers shall not be responsible for any keys left in their possession and accept no liability for their safekeeping howsoever arising.

BAGGAGE STORAGE

For all competitors arriving by coach or public transport, baggage can be left at the Event Centre.  Please ensure it is clearly labelled with Name and Team number. Bags will not be moved.  Bags are left entirely at the owner’s risk and no liability will be accepted by the Organisers in the event of any damage or loss howsoever arising.

Please remember you are completely self sufficient for food/drink from your start on Saturday to the finish on Sunday other than water at the overnight campsite which should be boiled as a precaution.

But on Friday night, Saturday breakfast and on Sunday when you return we’re pleased to say that Matt, Fi and the team from Barrett Kitchen and Bar will be returning to this years OMM.

Changes this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Wherever possible, we need you to pre-book for all food on Friday and Saturday morning –  a link to do so will be added shortly.
Catering and Bar will be available as a takeaway only.   Please be prepared to eat and drink outside or in your car or tent.

Timings as follows:

On Friday

  • 16:00 Hot Food available
  • 22:00 Catering closes
  • 22:30 Bar closes

On Saturday, Race Day 1 – 06:00 Catering opens

On Sunday, Race Day 2 – 13:00 Competitors meal and drinks available.

MENU

2020 menu coming soon but see the 2019 menu here!

BAR

A bar will still be available but this year all drinks will be in cans or bottles.

Sunday After Race Meal.

All competitors have a hot meal and drink included in their entry fee which will be served at the Event HQ on Sunday.  Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available (as 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.

Hot food will also available for retirees only at the Event HQ on Saturday if required (to replace your the Sunday competitor meal).

DOING OUR PART FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!

Events can be heavy on single use items like plates & cups. Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of the OMM event as much as possible. 

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

Please see ‘COVID-19’ section above for information on who can share a tent and 2nd tent requirement during the event.

FRIDAY CAMPING

Camping on Friday night is included in your entrance fee, no need to book for this.  This year you must pack away your tent on Saturday morning this is because every year we have trouble with tents blowing away over the weekend that this year we just don’t have the capacity to deal with this and want to avoid touching other peoples kit wherever possible.

Please note that cars are not allowed in the camping field nor tents in the parking area.    It is also possible to camp on Sunday night but please inform us in advance that you will be doing so – contact emma@theomm.com.

Please see ‘COVID-19’ section above for details of the 2nd tent requirement.

CAMPERVANS/MOTORHOMES

You are welcome to bring your campervan/motorhome but it will be parked on grass.    NO hook-ups but portaloos within a few 100m’s walk.

ANY VEHICLES OVER 6.5m in length must contact us in advance.

GROUP TRAVEL VEHICLES – MINIBUS, COACH

If arriving on private group transport (coach/minibus) get in touch with emma@theomm.com for details of where to park or drop off.

ACCOMMODATION

There are accommodation options for Friday and/or Sunday night within a few miles of the event HQ, more details once the event HQ location is announced shortly.

The OMM aims to offer a range of courses that supports movement up and down the scale of difficulty and nature of challenge.  The score courses are the best option for those who want the flexibility of being able to choose the distances that they cover for the duration of the event combined with a wider range of navigational choices over the weekend. The Linear courses offer a different set of challenges both intellectually and from a competition perspective.

There will be 6 courses in total –  3 linear (time based competition)and 3 Score (points based competition).

*IMPORTANT – Distance/ascent quoted are based on example routes and are a guide only.

It is impossible to give an exact distance/ascent for courses as each team chooses the route they take between checkpoints – the details shown are based on example routes and are a guide only.  Terrain, weather, vegetation (and numerous other factors) change every year, accordingly so does the courses.   We plan each course based on the expected average finishing time of the top 5 teams and using the ratio of 100m vertical gain is equivalent to 1km flat distance e.g. 85km distance/4000m of ascent is the same as 95km/3000m of ascent.]

Please ensure you complete the ‘previous experience’ section on your entry and we may contact you to discuss your choice of course if we have safety concerns.  We recommend the Short Score course for first time OMM competitors.

A separate waterproof map is issued each day. Controls locations are marked with a circle and the legend will show your course, control descriptions, compulsory controls and control closing times – it is very important that you read all this information.  We work very closely with HARVEY maps to produce the best possible mapping for the event.  Blank maps will be on display in the refreshment area on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Courses are split 55% of the distance on Day 1 and 45 % on Day 2.

Age Limits.  For the Elite course, all competitors must be 18 years old on the date of the competition and at least one of each team must be a minimum of 20 years of age. In other classes (A,B and Score courses), all competitors must be 16 years on the day of the competition and at least one of each team must be aged 18 years or older.


LINEAR (LINE) COURSES

Linear are timed navigation courses where specified checkpoints must be visited in order. Teams are free to choose their routes between checkpoints.  Fastest time wins.

ELITE COURSE

Day 1: 47km / 2200m. Example map
Day 2: 38km / 1800m. Example map

Approximately 85km (straight line distance) over two days with 4000m + ascent. This is a timed navigation course where specified checkpoints must be visited in order. Competitors are free to choose their route between checkpoints. Winning times usually around 12hrs. It is advisable to have significant previous race experience at a suitable level, e.g. the A Course or Long Score before entering this class.

A COURSE

Day 1: 36km / 1650m. Example map
Day 2: 29km / 1350m. Example map

Approximately 65km (straight line distance) over two days with 3000m + climb. This is a timed navigation course where specified checkpoints must be visited in order. Teams are free to choose their route between checkpoints. The winning time is usually in the region of 11 hours. In order to compete on this course we strongly recommend previous race experience on the B Course or a similar event.

B COURSE

Day 1: 25km / 1100m. Example map
Day 2: 20km / 900m. Example map

Approximately 45km over two days with 2000m ascent. This is a timed navigation course where checkpoints must be visited in order. Teams are free to choose their route between checkpoints and the winning time is usually around 8 hours. Some previous experience required in navigation and mountain terrain with a basic level of fitness.  We recommend that those that are new to the OMM enter one of the Score courses as these give you more flexibility with the distance and time you spend on the hill each day.


SCORE COURSES

Score courses are fixed period competitions where teams accrue as many points as possible in the time allowed.  Checkpoints are assigned points values based on location with competitors free to choose routes for the highest score. These courses test navigation ability and are as physically as challenging as you choose to make it as you do not have to stay out on the hill for the whole time allowance. Points are deducted for being outside your allocated time limit at a rate of 2 points per minute or part thereof. These course are easier to complete than Linear but very difficult to do well competitively due to the increased amount of planning required.

LONG SCORE

Day 1: 7 hours. Example map
Day 2: 6 hours. Example map

Time limit of 7 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2, significant hill experience and fitness is required.

MEDIUM SCORE

Day 1: 6 hours. Example map
Day 2: 5 hours. Example map

Time limit of 6 hours on day 1 and 5 hours on day 2, to be competitive significant hill experience and fitness is required.

SHORT SCORE

Day 1: 5 hours. Example map
Day 2: 4 hours. Example map

Time limit of 5 hours on day 1 and 4 hours on day 2.  This is the course we’d recommend for 1st 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 and use a compass.


Still unsure which course to enter? Contact emma@theomm.com and ask for advice.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT CHECKS

It is no longer felt necessary for all competitors to bring their packs to the registration. However it is still considered vital for kit checks to take place, so random kit checks will take place at the start, overnight camp and at the finish. Random checks will include everyone and not merely the high ranking finishers.  Before you arrive at the event you will be required to sign online the OMM Kit Check and Declaration form this can be viewed here and will be available for signature on line 2 weeks before the event. (Note: team number will be allocated 2 weeks before the event along with your start time)

OMM MANDATORY EQUIPMENT LIST

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

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

EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:

  • Taped seams waterproof jacket with hood
  • Taped seams waterproof trousers
  • Clothing suitable for mountain running and walking
  • Warm layer top.
  • Hat, Gloves & socks
  • Footwear suitable for fell and trail use
  • Head torch capable of giving useable light for a
    minimum of 12 hours
  • Whistle & compass
  • Map (as supplied)
  • Insulated sleeping system
  • First aid equipment
  • Survival bag (not a sheet)
  • Rucksack
  • Emergency rations (should still have at the finish line)
  • Water carrying capability
  • Pen/pencil for map marking (waterproof paper) in wet conditions
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Method of contactless payment (mobile or card)
  • Face mask or covering
  • Hand sanitizer

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

EACH TEAM MUST CARRY THE FOLLOWING AT ALL TIMES:

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

Be aware that this year there will be no skip at the overnight campsite! The race is self-sufficient so you need to carry any rubbish with you back to the finish on Sunday.   No rubbish at kit check? We will be asking why!

From arriving at the Event HQ on Friday or Saturday to departing on Sunday you must follow all instruction (verbal or on signs) regarding COVID-19 procedures.

START TIMES

You will be notified of your start time by email approx. 2 weeks prior to the event.

We now prioritise early start times to category teams (ladies, vets, mixed and family teams), then by date of entry.  This year we will also be extending start time windows where necessary to ensure less teams are at the start line at any one time and the start layout will allow for 2m social distancing.

DAY 1 – START

Location.

There will only be one start location.  The route to the start on Day 1 will be signposted from the camping field and is 3.5km walk on mainly flat paths/tracks.  Please ensure that you leave enough time to get to the start.    There will be limited toilets available close to the start.

Start Times Day 1

From 08:00 hours for all classes except Short Score (09:00 hours).

The start line

Once you enter the start field you should put on your mask/face covering and sanitise your hands.

Each team will be allocated to a time window during which they will be called forward to start.  Your time will start from when you punch your tag in the start box.  Please note if you fail to start within your allocated window you will have to be fitted in at the next available slot, which may be some time.  This year it is particularly important that you try to arrive within your time window (not too early or too late) to ensure a minimum amount of teams in the start field at any one time.

Maps.

Do not forget your maps and remember to bring permanent pens to mark them with.  Your map will show all controls (for all courses).  At the start line you will receive a course handout which details the controls on your course (Code, Grid Ref, Description, Score Points and control closing times).   It is very important that you read all this information and mark your map as necessary.  The map is printed on polypropylene synthetic paper that is waterproof, tear resistant, easily folded and 100% recyclable. 

To ensure the start area does not get congested you must move away from the start before beginning your route planning.

Once you have left the start area you should sanitise your hands and can remove your face mask/covering.

DAY 1 FINISH.  

Both members of a team must finish together – failure to finish as a team will lead to disqualification.  Take care to visit the last controls on both days. This is a common mistake leading to disqualification.

Immediately after finishing on Day 1, follow the taped route and go straight to Download.  Only 1 team member should go into the download marquee.  Put on your mask and sanitise your hands before approaching the download stations where you will use your tag to record your race and be given a printout 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 you keep your tag on for use the next day. Before you leave the download area please ensure tag is ‘cleared’ and you collect your day 2 maps.

All competitors wishing to start on Day 2 must:

  • Finish Day 1 together, having correctly completed the Day 1 course by 20:00 hours.
  • Have camped in the official campsite overnight.
  • Not broken any of the competition rules.

Ad hoc teams of Day 1 finishers will not be allowed at this years event.

Retirees

Anyone retiring at the overnight campsite must make their own way back to the Event Centre. Transport is not provided except in the case of serious injury. Teams who retire on the first day without reaching the overnight camp will be presumed to have independently camped for the night, these teams should wherever possible inform the Event HQ of this fact by mobile phone or via another team or marshal.

Kit Checks

Spot checks on equipment may be carried out at the overnight camps.

SATURDAY EVENING CAMPSITE

Please wear your mask/face-covering when you are moving around the campsite and if queuing for water or toilets.   Ensure you sanitise your hands regularly.

On arrival teams should collect their 2nd tent (if applicable), you will then be shown where to pitch your tent to ensure adequate spacing.

Food preparation may be shared but great care must be taken to ensure good hygiene. E.g. one person to do the cooking and use separate utensils & bowls.

Only the official campsite toilets should be used and you must take all rubbish with you –  there will not be a skip.   If you have no rubbish and are kit checked at the finish we will want to know why!

The overnight camp area is out of bounds to everyone other than competitors and race officials.

RESULTS FROM DAY 1

To avoid groups forming around the results boards, day 1 results will only be available online.    Competitors will be allowed to use mobile phones at the mid camp to access results only.   No phone calls or social media.  There is a 4g signal.

For the same reason there will be NO chasing or leading starts this year.

DAY 2 START (SUNDAY)

Day 2 start windows are emailed to all competitors 2 weeks prior to the event.   The only change to this will be teams finishing after 18:00 on day 1 who be re-allocated to a start window of 07:00 – 07:15.

Once you enter the start field you should put on your mask/face covering and sanitise your hands.

As per day 1 each team will be allocated to a time window during which they should start.  Your time will start from when you punch your tag in the start box.   This year it is particularly important that you try to arrive within your time window (not too early or too late) to ensure a minimum amount of teams in the start field at any one time.

DAY 2 – THE FINISH

The finish point will be close to the Event HQ.  Pairs must finish together. Failure to finish as a team will lead to disqualification.

After you have finished put on your mask/face covering and sanitise your hands.  Then immediately follow the marked route to download, via the hot squash/water station.  Only 1 team member should approach the download stations.  Your timing tag will be removed and you will be given a printout 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.

In the meantime the 2nd team member should head to the catering area to collect hot food for 2.    Due to the need for social distancing we are unable to offer an inside seating area for eating, drinking and socialising.   Please be prepared to stand outside (make sure you have warm clothing at the ready!) or return to your vehicle if available.   If waiting for coaches or transport you are welcome to pitch your tent for warmth.

Kit Checks: Spot checks on equipment may be carried out at the finish.

CONTROL AND COURSE CLOSING

All courses will close at 16:00 on Day 2; if you arrive back after this time you will be timed out.

Controls will be closed and may be removed before 16:00 at a time dependent upon their distance from the finish. Control closing time will be displayed on the control description sheet. The intention is to bring in distant controls as soon as possible to inform a search for missing teams if this becomes necessary.

PUNCHING AT A CONTROL POINT

Each control site will have the standard orienteering kite with a two letter code, a SportIdent control station and a standby pin punch.  Each team will be issued with an SI-tag. SI-tags are small plastic pegs that have an electronic chip in one end.  The SI-tag is dibbed into the hole in a control station in order for competitors to register that they have visited the control. The control station gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that the dibbing has been successful.   Avoid touching the control stations where possible and sanitise hands.

Some controls will have 2 or 3 stations available to avoid queues – you can punch at any station at a given control point. In the unlikely event that the control station doesn’t register, please record your visit on your map using the manual pin punch in the space provided and report the fact to the marshals and after you pass through the finish.

Many controls will be manned by race officials who will  endeavour to record the time of each team passing through the control. Please assist the control officials by clearly announcing your team number and class prefix i.e.: E,A,B etc. Teams are requested not to use the control points as resting places or for the consuming of refreshments since this distracts control officials, shows approaching teams where the control sites are and will cause unnecessary congestion.

SI-TAGS

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 for it’s replacement is currently £35.00  The use of your own SI-tag is not allowed for safety reasons.

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.

Tags MUST be returned to the event centre by 16:30 hours on the Sunday before you leave the competition area: Missing tag = Missing team = Search party.

EVENT SAFETY

The competition has safety designed into it, provided that competitors follow some basic rules on their conduct throughout the two days. Teams should have all the necessary equipment for them to withstand a night on the hills in the most adverse of weather conditions. The requirement for teams to stick together at all times is an essential ingredient of safe conduct. Do not press on beyond the point where one team member is beginning to suffer from exhaustion or the first signs of exposure.  Do not go for too long without eating, particularly later in the day as you begin to tire. Always wear sufficient clothing and waterproofs to keep warm and dry.  

If in any doubt of your ability to reach the official overnight camp before the designated time limit, you should find a suitable site on the hills and camp independently for the night. WHEREVER POSSIBLE YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE NEAREST MARSHAL OR THE EVENT HQ (IF MOBILE SIGNAL AVAILABLE) OR ANOTHER COMPETITOR TO INFORM THEM THAT YOU WILL BE STAYING ON THE HILL THAT NIGHT.

Knowing your own capabilities, being prepared to look after an ailing partner, not pressing on regardless: these are some of the essential components of safe hill-craft.  If you are staying out for the night, if possible, please contact the emergency number on the map to let the HQ know.

  • EXPERIENCE – All teams are vetted for experience and if necessary we use our judgement to reallocate teams to a more appropriate class or deny them entry.
  • EQUIPMENT – the list of compulsory equipment is the essential minimum and entrants must use their judgement to increase this according to conditions.
  • TEAM WORK – Remember this is a team event and your partner is your first point of aid in case of trouble. The buddy system is invaluable for checking hypothermia.
  • MOBILE PHONES – mobiles should be carried but may only be used for communication in an emergency and after retiring from the event and, for 2020 only, accessing Day 1 results at the overnight campsite. 
  • ELECTRONIC PUNCHING – Sport-Ident electronic punch systems verify which teams have visited any particular control and, as such, have a significant role in locating missing teams. The related software is specially modified to help rapid visual identification of who is ‘still out there’.
  • SOUND MOUNTAIN JUDGEMENT – Never allow the pressure of competition to override your sense of SMJ (Sound Mountain Judgement) at any time. Remember, every team is different and has its own level of skill and endurance. The decision to start, or to pull out, is yours alone and doing so would be an example of exercising SMJ as a team.
  • On Sunday it is vital that you make contact with the Event Centre if you are unable to get back by 16:30 hours. If you do not do so you will be the instigators of a Mountain Rescue Incident. Pitching a tent on the hill Sunday is only acceptable in the case of genuine emergency.

Please read on for some useful articles on safety in the mountains:

999 by Text – Register for this important service before the OMM.  It allows you to contact 999 by text – very important when you may only have a week phone signal that does not allow for clear speech.  You must register BEFORE you need to use the service – it’s quick and easy.  Click here

Guide to calling in the Mountain Rescue

First on the Scene of an Accident? – a useful guide from the FRA

Hypothermia – How to avoid it and what to do if you get it

River Crossings – Top tips from the BMC if a river crossing is unavoidable

Ticks and Lymes Disease – All you need to know about Ticks the little blighters!

Taking Care Around Cows – Just in case you encounter cattle or other livestock

PRIZES

We are currently reviewing our prize structure.

After this consultation with the community we will update this section.

Due to the current requirement for social distancing it is unlikely that we will be able to have a prize giving this year.   If we are able, the presentation of prizes will take place in or close to the main marquee dependent on weather. There will be 2 prize presentations: B & Short Score at 1400 hours, Elite, A, Long & Medium Score at 1530 hours.  The the Hutton Trophy (military prize) will be presented at the same time as the Long Score.  Prizes will consist of vouchers to spend on OMM or Extreme Food product and the value of each team prize is shown below.

MILITARY CLASS – Hutton Trophy

THE OMM has a well established Military Class competing for the Hutton Trophy. Donated by Col Jim Hutton OBE for the highest placed team on the Long Score event.  Both team members must be currently serving or, have served previously in the military for at least 3 years.
Army Commanding Officers may deem that the OMM contributes to the unit’s individual or collective military training outputs (particularly navigation skills), when those planning to participate have suitable experience to take part safely.  Army ‘Authorisation for Comparable Activities’  (ACSO 3235) policy must be followed.   
About the Hutton Trophy

huttonPresented for the first time in 2010 at the OMM Dartmoor, the Hutton Trophy was presented to OMM by the family of Marine Jamie Hutton who was tragically killed in a training accident in 2008. Jamie and his father, Jim, also known as Col Jim Hutton OBE, Royal Marines, were the highest placed family team in their category in the Brecon Beacons OMM in 2004.  The Trophy is a Commando Dagger in a chunk of Dartmoor granite, which represents everything that the event stands for.  Designed to test teamwork, intelligence, determination and a robust sense of humour the OMM offers a different challenge every year.  

The Hutton (Military) Trophy will be awarded to the highest placed military team on the Long Score, both team members must be currently serving or, have served in a military for at least 3 years.

VETERANS HANDICAP

The calculation of the handicap was changed for 2018 following competitor feedback; now only the age of the older team member is considered, and woman are given an additional handicap equivalent to 10 years.

This is how the percentage handicap will be calculated:

  • A team is eligible for a handicap if both members are 45 or older on the Saturday of the event. This applies to both men and women.
  • To calculate the handicap, ten years is added to the age of women and then the greater of the team’s two ages is used as the handicap age.
  • The handicap percentage is then calculated as 1% for every year over 45.
  • Here are some examples:
  • A team of two men aged 50 and 55 has a 10% handicap.
  • A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 50 has a 15% handicap.
  • A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 44 is NOT eligible.
  • A team of two men aged 40 and 70 is NOT eligible.

This is how the percentage handicap is used:

  • For a linear course the total time over the two days is reduced by the handicap percentage.
  • For score courses the total points score over the two days is increased by the handicap percentage. If the total points score over the two days is negative, no adjustment is made.
  • Here are some examples:
  • If the total time over two days on a linear class is 8 hours 30 minutes and the handicap is 10%, the time used for veteran results is 7 hours 39 minutes.
  • If the total score over two days on a score course is 800 points and the handicap is 20%, the score used for veteran results is 960 points.

FAMILY TEAM

A family team consists of 2 members who are closely related and from a different generation e.g. father and daughter, grandmother and grandson.

YEAR CLUBS

We award 20/30/40 year club badges to the elite group of competitors and volunteers who have completed 20/30/40 or more events.  Lots more info here.  Please contact emma@theomm.com if you think you are eligible.  There are many who are no longer ‘race active’ and not on our mailing list who may be eligible, please alert anyone you know who is.  Presentations will be made at the event where possible.

Key dates and times for the OMM

*UPDATE* Please be aware that timings may change due to changes in procedures to ensure any COVID-19 restrictions can be put in place.

On the Friday

  • 15:00 Registration and parking opens
  • 16:00 Hot Food (Pasta party)
  • 22:00 Catering closes
  • 22:30 Bar closes
  • 22:30 Registration closes

On Saturday, Race Day 1

  • 06:00 Registration opens
  • 06:00 Catering opens
  • 08:00 All starts open (except short score)*
  • 09:00 Short score start opens*

On Sunday, Race Day 2

  • Start times from 0700*
  • 13:00 Hot food and bar open

*Start times allocated prior to event

Results – The results will be updated online every 15minutes through the weekend.

Photography – R&R photography will be taking you pictures on you as you cross the finish line each day. Their photos will be available here. https://www.randrphotos.co.uk/

TEAM CHANGES

Up to Fri 9 Oct 20.  Changes to your team and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing emma@theomm.com.  Please be aware we cannot guarantee you can change course after 26 September, but will try to accommodate any requests.

After Fri 9 Oct 20.  Amendments to teams can be made at registration.  If making changes at registration the new member of the team must present himself/herself at registration in order to complete the necessary paperwork. It is up to the team to find replacement partners.  Course changes at this point will only be allowed if space is available.  

CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT OF ENTRIES

For any cancellations received up to  27 Jul 20, a refund (-10% admin fee) is made.  After this date we cannot offer a refund as we have already paid for your attendance.  The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs as low as possible is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible, hence why it becomes more expensive to enter as we get closer to the event.  For these reasons we are also unable to defer entries to future events.

*COVID-19 UPDATE* 

If we have to cancel the event then we will be offering every competitor the following options:  

  1. Exchange your entry for OMM kit. We will provide you with a voucher worth 125% so you get a bit of an apology for having to cancel..  
  2. Defer your entry to next year’s event. This option and the one above would really help us out.  
  3. Full refund on your entry. No fees.  

If you are unable to attend the event due to COVID-19 restrictions beyond your control (self isolation, local lock down etc) we will defer your entry or offer a product voucher to the value of your entry.

ORGANISATION AND CONTACTS

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/Competitor queries: Emma Gill emma@theomm.com

Event Communications/Press Officer:  Alistaire McGregor al@theomm.com

Race Coordinator and Controller: Dave Chapman dave@theomm.com

Registration: Sharon Fishwick and team

Communication: Eddy Wane and team.

Car Parking and Coaches: Ryan Greenwood and team from East Lancs Event Support Team

Start Day 1 and Finish Day 2: John and Gerry Ashton and the team from Pendle Forest Orienteers

Midway Camps, First Aid and Day 2 starts: Darren, Laura, Stephen, Andrew and the team from Glossop District Scouts

Event Infrastructure: Simon Peers and the team from North Yorkshire Scouts.