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.
Teams of two receive a map with a series of checkpoints they must visit over the two days. Competitors must carry everything they need for the two days including an overnight wild camp at the end of day one. There are seven course options of varying distance and ascent to choose from. See event details below for more info on course options. See the history of the OMM.
In 1968 Gerry Charnley created a 2 day mountain test. The event combines navigation, endurance, teamwork and a wild overnight camp. The Original Mountain Marathon is considered to be the event that all adventure races descended from. See the history of the OMM here.
The ELITE CLASS course is recognised by professional athletes around the world. The combination of terrain, distance and conditions make it a very serious undertaking. In 2016, 25 countries were represented including Team GB Orienteers, professional athletes & elite military forces. This is not for the faint of heart so check out other OMM courses and Lite events before thinking of this! View previous results here.
Your previous experience and sound mountain judgement will decide what kit you should be wearing and carrying.
*Full kit list in “event details” section below
LINE COURSE OPTIONS
Time trial: The fastest team around the set number of checkpoints over the 2 days wins. Important: Distances quoted are the marked straight line.
SCORE COURSE OPTIONS
Points based: The team that collects the most points across the 2 days wins.
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.
The location of the Event HQ will be announced in due course but we can confirm that there will be a big heated marquee with food and drink, shop, toilets and other additions for the 50th year!
Parking (which is included in your entry fee) will be on a grass area a short distance from the camping field and the event HQ. Campervans can park on the parking field but be aware there is no hardstanding and there are NO facilities at the parking area. There are electric hookups and some hard standing pitches at a nearby Camping Site – more details when the location is announced.
The registration site and will be open from 15:00 hours to 23:00 hours on Friday 28th October and from 06:00 hours to 10:30 hours on Saturday 29th October. If registering on Saturday morning please register at least 75 minutes before your start time. Competitors are advised to register early to prevent last minute queues.
Teams may be registered by one member of the team providing the OMM Kit Check and Declaration form has been completed and signed by both team members. There will be no need to present your kit at Registration. However there will be spot checks on equipment at the start, overnight camp and the finish. Please ensure that the car registration number of THE CAR THAT YOU TRAVELLED IN is included on your declaration form.
Car keys can be deposited at registration. Collection is only from the Event Centre. The organisers shall not be responsible for any keys left in their possession and accept no liability howsoever arising.
For all competitors arriving by coach or public transport, baggage can be left at the Event Centre. Please ensure it is labelled with Name and Team number. 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.
No need to book for camping. Please note that cars are not allowed in the camping field nor tents in the parking area. You are more than welcome to leave tents up on the Friday camping field for the weekend however please be aware that OMM accepts no liability for any property left unattended for the weekend. It is also possible to camp on Sunday night but please inform us in advance that you will be doing so – contact [email protected]
FOOD AND DRINK
We’re pleased to say that The Old Post Office will be returning to this years OMM and they will be serving hot food on Friday night until 2230 and Saturday morning from 06:00 – 09:00 at the Event Centre. All competitors have a choice of a meat or vegetarian hot meal included in their entry on completion of the event on Sunday – if you have any particular dietary requirements please email [email protected] and we will try and accommodate you. Those that have booked for the pasta party on Friday will get their vouchers at registration. There will also be a bar serving a selection of drinks on Friday night and on your return on Sunday.
A menu will be available in due course.
There will be a fully stocked shop for all those last minute purchases or a treat on Sunday for your achievements!
We hope to provide coach travel from the nearest major transport hub. More details to follow when the location is announced but in the meantime feel free to email [email protected]
If you are looking to car share or offer spaces in your vehicle then why not post on the OMM forum.
Parking this year will be on grass close to the event HQ and short stay car parking will be available for those registering on Friday but leaving to stay elsewhere.
Car parking is always at a premium at the remote locations we choose for the OMM, so we would ask that you travel at least 2 per vehicle.
GROUP TRAVEL VEHICLES – MINIBUS, COACH
If arriving on a coach/minibus then please get in touch with [email protected] to reserve your spot.
Campervans can be parked in the parking field but NOT in the camping field. Please be aware that there are NO facilities at the parking field and NO hardstanding/hookups. There are electric hookups and some hard standing pitches at a nearby Camping Site – more details when the location is announced.
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.
This year we have made changes to the linear courses available so please take the time to read the course details on this page.
There will now be 7 courses in total – 3 linear (time based competition), 3 Score (points based competition) and a combined course (time and points based).
Below you will find details of each course to help you decide which challenge is the one for your team. The distances and elevation gains are only a guide. As the terrain, going, vegetation (and numerous other factors) change every year, accordingly so do the course specifics. We plan the courses based on the expected average time of the top 5 teams respectively.
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.
The actual courses are only disclosed to competitors on issue of the map at the start line. A separate map is issued each day. Controls locations are marked with a circle and the legend will give control descriptions and the time each control closes. 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.
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.
Due to the lower numbers wishing to take part on certain courses the decision has been made to combine the previous A and B course (now to be known as the A course) and change the name of the D course to B course and finally to avoid confusion the C course shall now be called the Combined Course.
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.
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 (previously the D course)
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. This is an entry level course that requires a basic level of fitness and navigational ability.
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.
Time limit of 7 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2, significant hill experience and fitness is required.
Time limit of 6 hours on day 1 and 5 hours on day 2, to be competitive significant hill experience and fitness is required.
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.
THE COMBINED COURSE
The Combined Course approximately 45km over two days with 2000m ascent. This is a timed navigation course combining linear and score checkpoints. Fastest time wins. Teams visit a set number of checkpoints, e.g. 10 in total, of which 5 may be compulsory and the other 5 selected from several options on the hill, i.e. there will be more than 5 additional checkpoints on the hill. Expected winning time is around 9 hours.
Still unsure which course to enter? Contact [email protected] 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. At event registration you will be required to sign the OMM Kit Check and Declaration form which can be viewed and downloaded here.
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:
Spare warm kit and insulated sleeping bag must be waterproofed (i.e. in a drybag)
EACH TEAM MUST CARRY THE FOLLOWING AT ALL TIMES:
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 MARSHALL 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.
You will be notified of your start time prior to the event in the final Event Programme.
We now prioritise early start times to category teams (ladies, vets, mixed and family teams). Then by date of entry.
DAY 1 – START
There will only be one start location. The route to the start on Day 1 will be signposted from the camping field. Please ensure that you leave enough time to get to the start. There will be limited toilets available at the start.
Start Times Day 1
From 08:00 hours for all classes except Short Score (09:00 hours).
All competitors will be issued with a map (2 per team) as you approach the start. This will be overprinted with your course and control descriptions. The maps will be waterproof. To ensure the start area does not get congested please move away from the start before beginning your route planning.
The start line
Each team will be allocated to a time window during which they will be called forwards to start. Your time will start from when you punch your tag in the start box, however 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.
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 to the download stations where you will dip your tag 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 further down the line. Make sure you keep your tag on for use the next day. Before you leave the finish area please ensure that you clear your tag.
All competitors wishing to start on Day 2 must:
Ad hoc teams of Day 1 finishers may be allowed to start on Day 2 as Non Competitive at the discretion of the organisers.
Anyone retiring at the overnight campsite must make their own way back to the Event Centre/Day 2 Finish. 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.
Spot checks on equipment will be carried out at the overnight camps.
SATURDAY EVENING CAMPSITE
Only the official campsite toilets should be used and no rubbish should be left at the site.
Please boil all water.
The overnight camp/s are out of bounds to everyone other than competitors and race officials.
DAY 2 START (SUNDAY)
Your Day 2 start window will have been printed in the Event programme and will also be on the printout you receive after you have downloaded your tag at the end of Day 1.
As for Day 1, each team will be allocated to a time window during which they will be called forwards to start. Your time will start from when you punch your tag in the start box, however 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.
Teams finishing after 18:00 on day 1 will be re-allocated to a start window of 07:00 – 07:15
Chasing Start Times
There will be a chasing start between 07:00 and 08:00 for the leading finishers on Day 1 in the linear courses, alongside a Leading Teams start for the Long Score and Medium Score. There will not be a chasing start for the Short Score.
Note that there will be designated lanes for chasing starts – please ensure you go to the correct lane.
The start time of the teams in the chasing start will be displayed at the campsite on Saturday evening as soon as possible after 18:30. Remember to check to see if you are in the chasing start. Every year some teams miss the chasing start, as they do not check their Day 1 results. You might have done better than you think!
REMEMBER to check the board on Saturday evening to see if you are in the Chasing Start/Leading Teams start or have been reallocated an earlier start time.
DAY 2 – 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 grab yourselves a cup of water and one of hot squash, and go straight to download your tag. 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 further down the line.
Your tag will be removed and then head through to the catering area for food. Please keep a hold of your results slip and show this to the guys serving the food as these will entitle you to a hot meal freshly prepared by our chefs!
Kit Checks: Spot checks on equipment will 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.
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 and shows approaching teams where the control sites are.
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 for safety reasons.
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.
The presentation of prizes will take place near the refreshment area. There will be 3 prize presentations
Approximate timings will be Combined & B at 13:00hrs, A & Short Score at 14:00 hours. Elite, Long & Medium Score at 15:30 hours. The Military Competition (the Hutton Trophy) 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 values for each of the prize pots can be found below.
MILITARY CLASS – Hutton Trophy
Presented 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.
A veteran is defined as a person who is over 45 years of age or more, and a veteran team for the purposes of this handicap is a team in which the combined age of members is 90 years or more. The handicap allowance of a linear class veteran team can be calculated at one minute per hour of running time for every two years of age increment over 90 years, i.e.: 90/91 years is awarded 1 minute per hour of running time 92/93 is given 2 minutes, etc. The score handicap to be 1.5% for each year over the combined age of 90.
A family team will now consist of 2 members who are closely related and from a different generation e.g. father and daughter, grandmother and grandson.
Prizes to be presented will be confirmed once entries close as per the guidelines shown below.
|1st Overall Team||£300||£200||£100||£100||£300||£200||£100||£100|
|2nd Overall Team||£200||£100||£80||£80||£200||£100||£80|
|3rd Overall Team||£100||£80||£50||£50||£100||£80||£50|
|1st Ladies Team||£200||£150||£80||£80||£200||£150||£80|
|2nd Ladies Team||£150||£80||£50||£50||£150||£80||£50|
|1st Mixed Team||£200||£150||£80||£80||£200||£150||£80|
|2nd Mixed Team||£150||£80||£50||£50||£150||£80||£50|
|1st Vets Team||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50|
|1st Vet Ladies Team||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50|
|1st Vet Mixed Team||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50|
|1st Family Generation Team||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50||£50|
The OMM is a not for profit adventure race and the purpose of the prizes is to recognise outstanding achievement. As a result we award prizes in accordance with the following guidance although reserve the right to add where we see fit.
We will always award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams overall on each course.
We will always award prizes for 1st Female, 1st Family Generation, 1st Mixed and 1st Veteran team.
Where there are 5 or more Female/Mixed teams we will award a prize for 2nd place.
We will award 1st Vet Female and/or 1st Vet Mixed prizes where there are 3 or more teams competing for each relevant category.
We are offering 20/30/40 year club tops for competitors and organising team members who have completed 20/30/40 or more years. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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. This year’s presentations will be made at the event.
Key dates and times for the OMM
On the Friday
On Saturday, Race Day 1
On Sunday, Race Day 2
*Start times allocated prior to event
** Approximate timings for prize giving
Up to Tue 13 Oct 17. Changes to your team and to the course you have entered can be made by logging into your OMM account.
After Tue 13 Oct 17. Amendments to teams can be made at registration or by emailing [email protected] (up until Fri 20th Oct 17). 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 30th July 2017, a full refund 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 unable to defer entries to future events.
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 [email protected]
Event Coordinator/Competitor queries: Emma Gill [email protected]
Event Communications/Press Officer: Alistaire McGregor [email protected]
Race Coordinator and Controller: Dave Chapman [email protected]
Race Planners: Joe Faulkner and Graham Atkinson
Registration: Sharon Fishwick and team
Communication: Eddy Wane and team.
Car Parking and Coaches: Ryan, Tom, Dave and team
Start Day 1 and Finish Day 2: John 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.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
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:
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 compete in one sport against competitors from other sports.
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. See you in October.