Meet the 2016

OMM ambassadors

Back at the beginning of February we started looking for our ambassadors for 2016. People who embody our values and the spirit of OMM. We were looking for all age groups, abilities and experiences to share their upcoming races and adventures in 2016.

Thank you to everyone that applied, we were inundated by over 1000 applications and enjoyed reading every one. It is very encouraging to see how passionate people are for our mountains, the outdoors and of course, OMM kit.

After some lengthy discussions over the last couple of weeks, we’re pleased to introduce our ambassadors for 2016:

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GEORGIA TINDLEY – SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN RUNNING TEAM

My name is Georgia Tindley, aged 23. I started running four years ago whilst at university, and in that time running has grown into much more than a hobby. I love the sense of community amongst runners, I love exploring new places, and I love challenging myself. At only 5ft1 I often look out of place at the events and races I go to, but I love challenging people’s perceptions of me and surprising them with what I am capable of.

In the past season I was selected for the Scottish Mountain Running Team, completed my first ultra (Lakes in a Day), raced in Slovenia, competed in the Open 5 series, spent a week running in the Italian Dolomites, completed my first mountain marathon (OMM of course!) and much more.

Since July I have been based in London where I push myself hard during weekday training in anticipation of escaping at the weekend. I spent the first six weeks of 2016 living in the French Alps where I ran and skied. My favourite location to run in is the Scottish Highlands, which we often pass through on the way to a stay at my family home on the Isle of Lewis.

OMM: Georgia told us about the previous races she’s done in Europe and the challenges of training as a mountain runner in London. Georgia drives 200 miles most weekends to find an area to train as Richmond Park doesn’t quite have the inclines required. For 2016 Georgia is planing on racing in Europe as well as heading up for Steall Skyrace, Mamores Vertical Kilometre, Jura and THE OMM in October. We look forward to seeing how she gets on.

GARY BACON – 20 YEAR OMM CLUB

52 year old teacher who should know better!  20 years of KIMM/OMM and 4 years of the Saunders.  Been wandering in the hills since I was about 10 when my parents introduced me to the Peak District.  First found out about the KIMM when I picked up a Technical Guide in the 1970’s when looking at a rucsac and found an article about this mad race in there!
This year’s plans?  MMs – Saunders in July with my youngest son (his first and it will mean that I have competed with my wife and both sons) – think it will be my 25th MM.  Of course its the OMM in October so would guess that John Bell-Winfrow (my partner for the past three years) and I will be there.  Outside of those then the Lakes at Easter for some wild camping and then to the mountains of Romania in the summer with Mrs B.  In between that running D of E Expeditions for my Scouts.
OMM: We think if you’re still coming back after 20 OMM events you must know how it’s meant to be done..or not done. Having survived some of the toughest years in OMM’s history Gary is now inspiring his sons with stories of Borrowdale and Elan Valley.
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ANNA ASPINALL – FELL RUNNER, MOUNTAIN BIKER

You know you’ve become a running addict when you take your entire running wardrobe on holiday!  I have run in various places including the Lake District, Wales, France, Devon and Cornwall and many other locations thanks to our family caravanning holidays.  That’s the beauty of running – you can do it anywhere and it doesn’t have to take loads of money, prep or time and you can learn far more about places if you really explore them.

„I started to find pavement pounding and flat canal runs a chore, and soon after (following a particularly embarrassing slip on a grassy hill) I bought my first pair of fell running shoes. For the rest of 2014 I entered a few fell races and started running with my local running club – The Goyt Valley Striders (GVS).“

OMM: Speaking to Anna we were amazed to find that she only started running in 2014. The lure of the fells has pulled her away from the roads and she now enjoys exploring the Peak District whilst juggling kids, husband, cat, fish and a horse.

SAM ATKINSON – EXPLORING THE OUTDOORS

My name is Sam Atkinson, I am 17 years old and I am in full time education at my local grammar school. I have loved the outdoors since I was very young walking with my Dad and Sister in the Lakes. I feel at home in the outdoors and I would love to live in the Lakes in the future. I have been an avid cross country runner for 6 years and have done fell running for 2 years. Last year I tried mountain marathons for the first time. I feel I am part of the generation that technology has hit the hardest. People my age spend a lot of time on screens and do not experience what the outdoors can truly offer.

OMM: It’s always great to see the next generation being inspired to get out and have an adventure. Speaking to Sam he has some interesting ideas and plans for this summer and we look forward to seeing what he gets up to.

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Follow our ambassadors

Again thank you to everyone that applied. We look forward to following our ambassadors during their 2016 season and will update everyone through the year of their exploits and adventures. To follow our ambassadors and other activities please join our mailing list by entering your email address below.

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