OMM50: Sunday Report.

Sunday 29th October.

16:00 ALL COMPETITORS BACK SAFE AND ACCOUNTED FOR.

A fantastic day to be in the mountains. Clear skies and stunning views across the Lake District. A nice end to the challenging conditions of yesterday.

Mountain Marathoners are a hardy bunch.

All the routes and listed below. The competitors enjoyed a warm welcome back to the event centre and met by a hot meal and cup of tea. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend we’d like to thanks all the competitors for making the 50th event so special. It’s very humbling to have such a friendly community of mountains enthusiasts.

It was great seeing those who came out of OMM retirement for the 50th running along side so many new competitors.

Well done to all the winners and everyone who took part. We’ll have all the images and highlight video up for you shortly.

Prize Table

 

Elite Names Time/Score
1st Overall Shane Ohly & Duncan Archer 14:19:36
2nd Overall Steve Birkinshaw & Andrew Berry 14:42:08
3rd Overall Tom Gibbs & Paul Tierney 15:06:49
1st Ladies No finishers
2nd Ladies No finishers
1st Mixed Kim Baxter & Dave Sykes 18:33:52
2nd Mixed No finishers
1st Vets Charlie Sproson & Tim Laney 16:24:13
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed No finishers
1st Fam Gen No finishers
A Course Names Time/Score
1st Overall Quentin Harding & Zoe Harding 11:55:33
2nd Overall Iain Embrey & John Ockenden 13:09:02
3rd Overall Henrik Leth  Jurrgensen & Laura Lambek Knudsen 13:42:57
1st Ladies No finishers
2nd Ladies
1st Mixed Quentin Harding & Zoe Harding 11:55:33
2nd Mixed Henrik Leth  Jurrgensen & Laura Lambek Knudsen 13:42:57
1st Vets James Jackson & Adam Forest 15:35:38
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed No finishers
1st Fam Gen Quentin Harding & Zoe Harding 11:55:33
B Course Names Time/Score
1st Overall Magnus Andersson & Daniel Ljungdahl 10:55:33
2nd Overall Robert Ashton & Emmit Andrews 11:04:48
3rd Overall Austin Caulfield & Keith McDougall 11:31:04
1st Ladies Helena Robinson & Elisabeth Mittell 18:20:40
2nd Ladies Cara Armstrong & Lucy Bradbury 19:48:03
1st Mixed Ben Lewis & Katie McKay 11:44:57
2nd Mixed Ian Holmes & Emma  Battensby 13:22:44
1st Vets Geoff Pettengell & Julie Gardner 10:56:30
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed Geoff Pettengell & Julie Gardner 10:56:30
1st Fam Gen Charlie Elliot & Ryan Elliot 13:25:21
Combined Course Names Time/Score
1st Overall Tom Elliott & Chris Barton 13:16:57
2nd Overall Paul Trott & Richard Tyson 14:12:05
3rd Overall Tom Raftery & Becky Raftery 14:35:35
1st Ladies No finishers
2nd Ladies No finishers
1st Mixed Tom Raftery & Becky Raftery 14:35:35
2nd Mixed Carolyn Evans & Jim Evans 16:39:10
1st Vets Paul Trott & Richard Tyson 14:12:05
1st Vet Ladies No finishers
1st Vet Mixed Carolyn Evans & Jim Evans 16:39:10
1st Fam Gen No finishers
Long Score Names Time/Score
1st Overall Nick Barrable & Darrel High 1030
2nd Overall Calvin Routledge & Max Cole 900
3rd Overall Tim Patterson & Rob Patterson 898
1st Ladies Claire Gordon & Sarah O’Neil 660
2nd Ladies Heather Dawe & Andrea Priestley 580
1st Mixed Lee Langdon & Mary Gillie 760
2nd Mixed James Lowe & Abigail Smith 686
1st Vets Pjil Scarf & Bill Johnson 1078
1st Vet Ladies Mandy Goth & Sue Roberts 705
1st Vet Mixed Ellie Salisbury & Adrian Moir 771
1st Fam Gen Glen Davies & Huw Davies 854
1st Military Calvin Routledge & Max Cole 900
Med Score Names Time/Score
1st Overall Jonathon Davies & Nicola Mason 766
2nd Overall Keith Masson & Will Heap 690
3rd Overall Alastair Graves & Catriona Graves 664
1st Ladies Jackie Scarf & Debbie Ryde 456
2nd Ladies Sarah Jones & Robin Carter 410
1st Mixed Jonathan Davies & Nicola Mason 766
2nd Mixed Alastair Graves & Catriona Graves 664
1st Vets John Tullie & Kenny Short 856
1st Vet Ladies Jackie Scarf & Debbie Ryde 566
1st Vet Mixed Richard Sullivan & Lucy Wiegland 556
1st Fam Gen Charlie Lloyd & Sam Lloyd 548
Short Score Names Time/Score
1st Overall Simon Kinston & Andy Fry 502
2nd Overall Catherine Wilson & Steve Wilson 490
3rd Overall Alexander Freeman-Hall & Eoghan Wiles 476
1st Ladies Susan Brown & Susan Harding 346
2nd Ladies Jill Manning & Cerys Manning 286
1st Mixed Catherine Wilson & Steve Wilson 490
2nd Mixed Alistair Thornton & Leah Williams 430
1st Vets Ray Collins & Jonathan Howell 684
1st Vet Ladies Susan Brown & Susan Harding 450
1st Vet Mixed Jonathan Aylward & Kate Boobyer 466
1st Fam Gen Ray Humphreys & Will Humphreys 388

08:00 Day 2 begins. After the blustery night with mixed amounts of sleep the teams lined up for the return leg to the finish. It’s been a race of 2 halves, yesterday the clag suited those with an orienteering background. Today clear skies will favour the quick runners. Good luck to all, we’ll see them at the finish.

OMM50: Saturday Report.

SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER.

23:10  Results have been updated.

A tough but enjoyable day. The conditions made visiting all the checkpoints difficult. The teams demonstrated their sound mountain judgement, a fundamental requirement of all OMM teams. Those that did not complete their course elected to navigate direct to the overnight camp or event centre.

The teams in good spirits were reflective after a day that required their mountains skills. They’re looking forward to tomorrow.

Below are the placing of the teams at the overnight camp at 23:10. The remaining teams not in this result sheet have elected to either continue on to the finish or have set up camp of the hill.

*Information for spectators Teams may use their sound mountain judgement and elect to set up their tents on the hill.  All the teams are carrying tents, sleeping bags, warm dry kit, stoves, food for a hot dinner. They have everything they need for a very comfortable camp on the hill. Those that make the decision to camp on the hill will set up their tents, have dinner, rest, recharge, have a lie in, eat their breakfast and make their way back to the event centre to be welcomed in the morning.

08:00 Day 1 of the 50th anniversary of the OMM. The very uncharacteristic blue sky & sunshine had broken to give the the competitors more OMM’like conditions. With the cloud base sitting at 500m, drizzle and winds moved in to provide conditions for the competitors to use their navigation skills. After the start the teams stopped to assess their route choices before setting off for a cracking couple of days in the hills.

12:00 The competitors are currently out on the course. The courses close at 20:00. We get the results out as soon as possible after this.

All is going as expected with the event, no issues to report.

*Those of you who have messaged about being unable to reach your partners. This is due to Land Lines being the only phone signal in the course area.

OMM50: Friday Report.

Friday night at the OMM is all about catching up with friends over some good food ahead of the race tomorrow. As the competitors settled in for the night they all appears excited about the what lies ahead ove the next 2 days. First starts are at 08:00

We look forward to what tomorrow brings!

50 years and counting!

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50 Years and Counting!

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Fifty years and over 100,000 entries later, the Original Mountain Marathon continues to go from strength to strength as an icon of the UK’s outdoor and running community.

The extreme two-day race, held at the end of October, started in 1968 to combine fell running, orienteering, hill walking, trail running and an overnight wild camp. With an ethos of self-reliance and endurance, competitors are at the mercy of the elements…and their own decisions.

The fifty year history of the OMM event is entwined in the development of the UK outdoor community and industry as a whole. Here’s some things you didn’t know about the OMM:

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  • In the early years, compact & lightweight equipment simply wasn’t available. Mountain Marathons pushed the boundaries of racers and kit, OMM innovated to meet this need.   Today’s OMM packs and clothing are less than half the weight of 1968 products and designed and tested for the event competitors needs.
  • The course requires a 420km2 area of wild space.
  • It takes over 100 volunteers to put on the weekend.
  • The impressive list of previous competitors competing regularly includes Joss Naylor & Sir Ranulph Fiennes.  “My last race prior to attempting the Eiger was the Karrimor Mountain Marathon (renamed the Original Mountain Marathon) in October 2006, aged sixty-two years. My team-mate and leader was John Brooke.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • The event is not for profit and any surplus after costs is donated to charities to improve hill access and outdoor education.
  • The OMM was the first event to have its own custom map after discussions with HARVEY Maps’ directors, Robin and Sue Harvey, themselves competitors.
  • To this day the OMM hill team provide ground assessments to improve UK mapping.
  • The planning team are advisors to the governing bodies and national parks. The teams’ decades of experience with ecologically responsible events has helped the BMC develop guidance for access and use of upland areas.
  • In 2013 after impressing the Brecon Beacons National Park with the organisation and ecological responsible approach the planning team helped the park to write their best practice documents for events.
  • In 50 years the event has only been cancelled once… ‘The great storm of 2008” made headline news.
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As the OMM heads to it’s 50th Anniversary the future looks exciting.  An increasingly diverse field and a new OMM LITE event series introducing the next generation and new outdoor enthusiasts to the October event, ensuring the OMM will continue for many years after the 50th.  The event is an important part of the UK outdoor history and we want to make sure the event will continue for generations to come. Everyone behind the OMM wants to keep the event fresh and exciting and we’re pleased to see our long standing competitors return each year as well as new competitors coming in from other sports such as Orienteering, Ultra Running & Fell running. Uniquely the OMM is one of the few places you’ll see competitors predominantly from one sport compete against competitors from other sports. You’ll often see Ultra Running team stood on the start line hoping for clear weather, stood next to an Orienteering team hoping for bad weather.

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Looking ahead to this October we have a very special weekend planned and it will be one not to miss. We would like to invite anyone who has been involved or competed over the years to join us on the Friday night for an evening celebrating the community that has made the event what it is today. We would also welcome any supporters of competitor to join us and cheer them all back on the Sunday. As is the 50 year tradition the event location will be released in August. Entries are open now, see you in October.

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