ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN MARATHON
Founded in 1968 by Gerry Charnley (an orienteerer and member of South Ribble Orienteering Club) the OMM is the originator of the 2 day mountain marathon type event and is for teams of 2, carrying all clothing, equipment, tent, sleeping bag, food for 36 hours, navigating one?s own route and including an overnight camp.
The interest in mountain navigation came on the heels of the arrival of orienteering as a sport in the 1950?s and grew with the support of people like Chris Brasher and John Disley, Gerry Charnley was sadly killed on Helvellyn in 1982 and Jen Longbottom took over the running of the event.
Teams are totally self-supporting, no GPS or outside support is allowed and teams NOT arriving at the overnight camp are assumed to have camped safely. Your team partner is your first source of help and assistance.
There are 8 different classes (the course distances quoted are over 2 days), the longest being the Elite which is literally 2 consecutive marathon length days or thereabouts and with c2,500m of ascent over 2 days.
There are 2 different types of class; Line (check points in a pre-designated order) which is the Elite, A, B, C and D classes and Score (long, medium and short) which needs higher levels of navigation skill to make choices to optimise points scored and which must be completed within the time allocated.
This is the premier UK event to test teamwork, self-reliance, endurance, outdoor and navigational skills. The reputation of the event is worldwide and every year we have entrants from between 12-14 countries.
The ethos of the event is to be totally self-reliant in the wilds, carrying all equipment, no outside support and without GPS or cell phone. Your first source of help is your partner and if you retire you are responsible for getting yourself back to base. Any teams not arriving at the overnight camp are assumed to have camped safely. In these days of 24/7 contact and total support this is an event to test and indeed help develop teamwork and self-reliance.
Run since 1968, The OMM is the original two day self supported navigational challenge.
In teams of two, test your endurance in the UK?s most breathtaking wild places.
Cheviots – Clennall Hall
Alwinton, Northumberland. NE65 7BG.
25-26 October 2014
Competitors are entered as teams of two (Men, Women or Mixed Teams). There are 8 courses:
Elite (E) 80km 12hrs
A Class 65km 11hrs
B Class 55km 10hrs
C Class 45km 9hrs
D Class 40km 8hrs
Long Score (LS) 7 + 6hrs (day 1 / 2)
Medium Score (MS) 6 + 5hrs
Short Score (SS) 5 + 4hrs
OMM Rules and Conditions of Entry
For safety and fairness rules will be STRINGENTLY enforced. Those found to be in breach of these rules may be disqualified and potentially banned from future events.
1. Different courses require certain levels of experience which you must verify both during entry and at registration. Please see course descriptions.
2. Elite Class, all competitors must be 18 years old on the date of the competition and at least one of each team must be 20 years of age. In all other classes, all competitors must be 16 years old on the day of the competition and at least one of each team must be 18 years of age.
3. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners from the last 3 events (other than Elite and Long Score) are ineligible for prizes when competing in the same or lower course.
4. No dogs are permitted in the competition area.
5. Competitors must not seek to obtain unfair advantage by searching for courses or inspecting the competition area before the event. Note: Access permission to the competition area is restricted to the weekend of the event only.
6. Teams are two people who must stick together. Team members must be able to make voice contact with each other at all times. If one member of the team cannot continue the whole team is retired.
7. Teams must carry or wear the equipment and clothing on the official kit list.. This is the absolute minimum for safety and survival. Competitors must permit the examination of their equipment by race officials at all times.
8. Out of Bounds areas and compulsory crossing points are marked on the competition map and have to be respected.
9. GPS devices of any type are not allowed to be used for navigation purposes. They may be used for tracking purposes only. Barometric altimeters are allowed.
10. Mobile phones may be carried but any form of communication (voice or data) during the event will result in disqualification. This rule covers from crossing the start line on Saturday to crossing the finish on Sunday and includes the Saturday camping. The Race Organiser can grant exceptions to this rule either in advance by email or at registration.
11. On completion of the course all competitors must still be in possession of sufficient rations for an emergency.
12. 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.
13. No open fires permitted anywhere on the course or at the overnight campsite.
14. Start times for both days, overnight course closure times and final day two course closure times are all printed clearly on the event details and must be clearly adhered to. Teams failing to finish within the course times may be disqualified or may be allowed to continue but marked as ?Timed Out? at organisers discretion.
AFTER THE EVENT
15.THE GOLDEN RULE: Competitors must report to the event headquarters and return their scoring tag by 17.00 hours on Sunday whether they have completed the course or not. Without it the team is deemed missing and will be searched for, the cost of which may be passed on.
EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:
-Taped waterproof jacket with hood
-Taped waterproof trousers
-Additional full leg cover, suitable for mountain running and walking
-Base layer top
-Additional warm layer top
-Hat, gloves and socks
-Footwear designed for ‘Off-Trail’ use, with suitable grip for mountain and fell conditions
-Headtorch capable of giving useable light for a minimum of 12 hours
-Whistle and compass
-Map (as supplied)
-Insulated sleeping bag
-First aid kit
-Pen/pencil and paper capable of being used in wet conditions
-Survival bag (not a sheet)
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
-Food for 36 hours for two people
-Tent with sewn in groundsheet
-The kit list is the absolute minimum you need to carry.
-All spare warm kit and sleeping bags must be WATERPROOFED.
-Carrier bags are not suitable. Road running shoes are dangerous on this event.