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.
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.”
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.
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.