LAMM 2004 - EVENT
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slow trickle of teams arriving to register this
afternoon has built up during the evening, as
more people found their way by plane, train, coach
and car to Glen Carron in the northwest Highlands.
After bombing up the M6, the final few miles of
single-track road were a timely reminder that
progress from now on will be rather more tortuous.
entry of 480 teams is just short of the 500 limit
and there is good competition in all classes,
with many past winners in the running. Some of
Sweden’s top orienteers are taking part
in the Elite course. Jonas Nyberg, who has never
done a mountain marathon before, will be partnering
course entrants include Peter Carter and Stephen
Forster from Lancashire, who’ve always entered
the C before. They’ve kept themselves fresh
by stopping for B&B in Aviemore on the way
up and report that it was snowing on the top of
Cairngorm this morning. (No they didn’t
jog up for a bit of pre-race training).
contrast, Toby Miles and Phil Carpenter sometimes
do the B course, but have opted for C this time,
partly because of the extra traveling. They will
be doing their ninth successive LAMM together.
The pair became climbing partners while studying
for PhDs at Loughborough University and the LAMM
was just “something else to do”.
on the C course are Anna Harris and Saskia Hart.
Last year was their first ever mountain marathon
and they were 1st Ladies on the D course (13th
overall). At the time they were in the middle
of their final year exams. They report that they
passed their degrees successfully (exercise is
good for the brain!). Both are now at Sandhurst
and are fighting fit.
Ladies team with a difference is on the D course,
where Karen Clarke is doing her first mountain
marathon with her mother, Shirley Hay. Shirley
is more normally seen partnered by Ian, but some
years ago competed with her son. Let’s hope
Karen doesn’t come back saying the same
as him: “It was the worse thing I’ve
ever done in my life!”
lads Mark Ridley and Chris Cann have brought their
England flags, but were more concerned about flying
the flysheet of their new, as yet unerected tent.
Their training has been around paths, up “nothing
higher than 20m”. Chris commented, “When
I saw the climb we’ll have to do, I thought
they’d put the decimal point in the wrong
I started writing a rainbow has appeared over
the Event Centre. Sunshine has given way to shower
clouds in an ever changing sky – much like
tomorrow is predicted to be.