2016 And 2017
You are probably aware by now that the 10th and
FINAL Highlander Mountain Marathon will take place in 2016.
With such a large choice of events these days,
it is becoming more difficult to attract folk to the North of
Scotland for a Mountain Marathon and numbers are on the decline.
In earlier years there was space in the calendar for two Mountain
Marathons taking place in the North of Scotland. When the Highlander
MM changed their date from March to late April, having two MMs
within 6 weeks in the Scottish Highlands did not present difficulties.
But in recent times, both events have been struggling to break
As this is the 10th and final year for the Highlander,
we are sure that many folk will wish to take part. We have decided
to give the Highlander a great send off and ensure that it is
a well supported event by resting the LAMM for one more year.
We have offered the Highlander team our slot of 4th/5th June
2016 so that they can benefit (hopefully) from holding the
event in the Summer months.
So the 10th and FINAL Highlander Mountain Marathon
will take place on 4th/5th June 2016, there will be no
LAMM in 2016 and the LAMM will return on its usual weekend
in early June 2017.
We look forward to meeting you all once again at
the LAMM in June 2017 at a really fantastic venue that
we have been working on since 2014.
Two-Day Mountain Competition for Pairs with Overnight Campsite
At the LAMM, the emphasis is always on providing 6 challenging
courses requiring navigation skills and great routes that cross
the classic high mountain country. No other Mountain Marathon
crosses such a mountain expanse and takes in the summits of Munros.
Even those who feel that they know the Scottish mountains well
are surprised that the LAMM introduces them to new, unexplored
places. You are invited to join us at another magnificent venue
and with an overnight camp at a wild mountain location ..... This
is the "Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon".
Find out why folk love the LAMM so much - read
the Strathcarron 2014 feedback here, watch a great video filmed
at the event by Dave
Suddes while he was competing and also our film of Strathcarron
Film of LAMM 1997 Isle of Jura Classic
Watch the film of our magical event on the Isle of Jura and
remind yourselves of that wonderful weekend in 1997 - a 45 minute
film in 2 parts at: http://vimeo.com/92236923
7th/8th June 2014
Two-Day Mountain Competition for Pairs with Overnight Campsite
Location is 4hrs Drive North of Glasgow/Edinburgh,
from Inverness (A NorthYear!)
STREAM | PRIZEGIVING PHOTOS
| SATURDAY | FRIDAY
| WINNERS | DAY
1 LEADER'S | PLANNER'S
| COMPETITION MAP
YOUR ROUTE AND COMPARE TO OTHERS
1 | DAY 2
| OVERALL |
| UNI CHAMPS
Winners of the 2014 LAMM
Elite Class - After leading overnight Duncan
Archer and Jim Mann won the Elite Class in a time of 11.52.45
(Day 1 = 6.24.28 Day2= 5.28.17).
A Class - Also leading overnight were Tim Laney
and Steve Watts in the A Class. They also held their lead and
took 10.59.07 overall (Day1 = 7.05.28 Day2 = 5.09.43).
B Class – On Day 2 Andy Charlton and Brian
Wakeley did a similar time to yesterday to finish in 10.22.55
(Day1= 5.13.12 Day2= 5.09.43).
C Class - Patrick Wallis and Paul Williams
also did a slightly longer time on Day 2 and won in 9.45.52 overall
(Day1= 4.46.29 Day2 = 4.59.23).
D Class - The tough D Class was not so tough
today and Daniel Sutherland and Lachlan MacLeod took only 4.36.50
compared to yesterday’s 6.32.28 with an overall time of
11.09.28. They were 54 mins ahead of Garry Fraser and Russell
Score Class - Overnight Leaders Kenny Leitch
and Keith Masson hung on by the skin of their teeth to win the
Score Class with 521 points. Their 11 point lead was cut to a
single point by Phil Hodgson and Phil Scarf.
Sunday Roundup ...
Elite Winners, Duncan Archer and Jim Mann with Martin Stone
Sunday Morning - The leaders set off on the chasing start.
More photos from this morning on the photo
Saturday's Race: Early conditions
could not have been better for mountain marathoning - sunny skies,
a light breeze to keep away the wee beasties and temperatures
rising. These remained for much of the day with light showers
coming in the afternoon and the breeze picking up in the evening.
Duncan Archer and Jim Mann lead on the elite course, read
Elite and A Start at the top of Bealach na Ba with Beinn Bhan
(highest of the Applecross mountains, a Corbett at 896m), in the
distance - the first checkpoint on the A course.
The sun is out and competitors have started arriving at the event
The LAMM makes a welcome return visit to Strathcarron at the
head of Loch Carron after a gap of 10 years. Will the weather
be more forgiving on Day 1 when there were wintry conditions on
the high ground?
As competitors arrive at the assembly area on Friday conditions
could not be better. The clouds are melting away and the sun beats
down on the drying meadow, the tops are out and the breeze is
keeping the midges in. read more...
LAMM 2014 LOCATION ANNOUNCED
The event centre is at New Kelso Farm, IV54 8YR. The arrow
on this map
shows the Event Centre field. You’ll see yellow LAMM
signs turning you off the main road and up the drive. Please
drive slowly up the drive and follow marshals directions to park
on the fields, which are still firm despite some rain this week.
Camping is adjacent to the parking field. Please read and
print the Final Details.
There should be accommodation in Strathcarron, Lochcarron or further
afield in Kyle of Lochalsh, Plockton and Achnasheen.
LAMM Tee Graphic
On Friday night there may be temporary 30 minute road closures
on the A9 at Dalnacardoch, 11 miles north of Blair Atholl.
These could take place at 23:00, 01:00, 03:00, 05:00 to install
overhead power lines. This weekend the MTB World Cup comes
to Nevis Range, Fort William. On Friday afternoon/evening
the A82 past Loch Lomond is likely to be slow. The A889 from the
A9 at Dalwhinnie towards Laggan will also be slower than usual.
Sunday could be more of a problem as there are likely to be about
8-10,000 people all trying to leave Nevis Range from 16.15-1830
so we urge you to avoid travelling via Fort William and
Loch Lomond. After that it should be fine, but it would
be wise to listen to the traffic reports in case of delays/accidents.
Those who have booked LAMM Transport should now visit the LAMM
If you are using the LAMM Live Photo Stream it is now time to
stop using the Pre Event and CHECK IN to the
LAMM Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon Event.
Have a safe journey. We look forward to seeing you from 3pm
onwards and registration opens at 4pm.
OUR CONTROLLER ANDY SPENCELEY WHETS YOUR APPETITE ....
Now you’re packed and ready to go, you’ll
be wanting last minute tips and clues as to what you’re
about to face (apart from the Scottish weather and the occasional
midge!). So how to sum up this area? Not easy, but the wildlife
is surprisingly abundant – Springwatch eat your heart out!
Among other creatures, it’s full of Deer, Cuckoos, Hare,
Deer, Greenshanks, Deer, Golden Plover, Ptarmigan and even some
As often with an area used for the LAMM and,
perhaps, even more than usual this year as we don’t want
to change tradition(!), it is very mountainous and rough, dominated
by lots of rock and covered in lochans. However, don’t try
to avoid all the rocky areas as sometimes the rocky areas make
for the fastest running. A word of warning, though, many crags
are unmarked. As an easier option, a lot of routes give the chance
to use some of the extensive network of stalkers’ paths
but only you (and your team-mate) can decide if it is worth it.
Even after missing a year, you won’t have forgotten that
a LAMM takes you into the heart of the biggest Scottish mountains
on an adventure. It is the Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon
and you won’t be spending the whole day bog-trotting on
flat moorland or grassy hillsides (but don’t worry, your
feet will definitely get wet!). There are big climbs, high cols
and quite a few rivers to cross….and a lovely flat, open
area, beside a nice river, to camp and recharge before heading
out for the second day. Good Luck. Andy Spenceley