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The Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon

This Supplements the Event Details & Includes All Recent News Updates


Please make any team changes online before you come to the event. The last chance to do this online is 17:00 on Thursday 16th June. This will help us considerably with the smooth running of the event. Report any even later changes to the Information Desk at registration.

Further information about the location will be provided at 12:00hrs on Thursday 16th June.
Those with Internet access should visit where details will remain until after the event. It will be best to visit the LAMM website, which will tell you far more than is possible in a brief message. A recorded telephone message will be available from 17:30 on the Thursday. There are two telephone numbers - 01539 742001, 01539 742068.

Each team must complete one of these forms and hand it in at registration. You will find the form on tables near to registration. Please save yourself time and hassle by downloading and printing one from here. It is a PDF file so you will require the free utility from Adobe, Acrobat Reader.

The LAMM car park will not open or be signed until 12:30 on the Friday so please do not arrive until then. There is no accommodation available near to the Event Centre. As stated in the Event Details, it is a 3KM walk to the Event Centre & camping from the LAMM Parking. The landowner has requested that only marshall's vehicles are brought to the Event Centre. So if you are not camping at the Event Centre, you will not visit the Event Centre or register until Saturday morning. When you have parked your vehicle, don't expect to be able to return to it during the weekend as it is a 6KM round trip. You may park a camper van at the LAMM parking area but if you choose to stay in it on Friday night there will be no facilities available. We would recommend that this year you camp at the Event Centre field. Make sure you are able to carry all your kit in a rucksack 3KM to the Event Centre. We think it is best to leave a tent up on the camping area throughout the weekend and you can change in it on your return. If you don't have a second tent, a rucksack can be left in the event marquee and we will provide labels . You have the option to cycle by road or mountain bike to the Event Centre but please ONLY bring a bike if you are coming to the Event Centre on the Friday evening.

We would like as many as possible to arrive at the LAMM car park by 19:30 as we have an evening of special festivities arranged at the Event Centre. YOU REALLY MUST TRY NOT TO MISS THIS. Among other treats there will be a bonfire and free gluvein for all. (use your own mug!). It will definitely be worth arriving early to enjoy the convivial atmosphere. WILFS will be serving their usual delicious fayre in the large marquee, including a number of Saturday breakfast options.

The LAMM parking will close at 22:00 on the Friday evening. If you are likely to arrive later than 22:00, please either find accommodation en route or camp at the campsite near to the LAMM parking that will be described when the LAMM 2005 venue is released on Thursday 16th June at 12:00. If you are arriving at the car park on Saturday morning, you must arrive ready to set off for the Event Centre by 07:00 at the absolute latest. If you are arriving on Saturday morning, please bring an extra bag with a change of clothing to the Event Centre. You can label it with your team number at registration and leave it in the event marquee.

Torches - A Petzl Tikka is fine - nothing more is needed if you have a torch with multiple LEDs.

The general area rises to over 3000ft and is typically impressive Scottish mountain country, with some crags about 1000ft high. Yes, 1000ft! Deer are in abundance but there are also other, more unusual wildlife. (No, not the locals)

Where streams descend apparently easy-angled hillsides they often run in shallow but vertical ravines, or flow over slabby rock. Both features have given Planner and Controller considerable entertainment when trying to get off the hill for 'last orders'. These major inhibitors to movement have heavily influenced the courses on day 1. The competition will make use of several contrasting areas of terrain. There will be ancient track running, tussocks, high fast ridges, deer trods, exposed rock, and some route choice for the runners amongst you.

For the navigators, you can look forward to the 'Donut' a technical delight on day 1, followed by a twist in the tail of day 2. Finally, for the best navigators amongst you, a real challenge . . . . . . . . . . but we'll tell you more about this when you arrive at the event. Its everything you should expect at the Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon!

Adam Stirk of Durham University has arranged the inaugural University Mountain Marathon Championships. If both members of your team are currently studying at the same University then you are welcome to enter this competition. Once you've confirmed your entry you can visit the University MM Champs page and fill in your details on the page. The results will be based on a calculation that allows you to compete at your standard, so you don't need to enter one specific class and it's just for fun. Details of the way your result is calculated will be described on the page soon.

This year we will again pull out all the stops to keep those at home informed about the LAMM during the weekend. At the end of each day the top team on each course will be asked to step into a "room" or maybe a shed or a tent where we will have a few laptops setup. We would like them to write a paragraph or two about their experiences of the day. Please write whatever springs to mind and we think that this will help to make the reportage from the event come alive. Jon Brooke will be taking digital photographs out on the course and writing about the event as it unfolds. He will compile a section of the LAMM webcast that contains the competitor's stories of the day and pictures of each team. If any other team has the urge to tell the world about their day on the Scottish hills there will be space. Its all experimental so we'll just see what happens…..

We may be living in a technologically advanced age but the Scottish Highlands still present significant communications problems and we can't afford a satellite link. We will however try not to disappoint. Those with access to the Internet on Friday night will be able to see something of significant interest by 20:30! As the competitors are setting off on Saturday and on Sunday we will display detailed OS maps on showing the terrain and the planner's/controller's choice for each of the routes. We aim to upload photographs and reports on Friday evening, Saturday morning by 10:30, Saturday evening by around 21:00, Sunday morning by 10:00 and Sunday evening by 19:00. Last year we uploaded photographs of each of the prize winners and this was a great success. We will do the same this year. Results will also be displayed at the end of each day showing overall positions on each course and also split times between each checkpoint. Andrew Leaney from SPORTident UK will also be taking digital photographs, processing results and acting as our webmaster for the weekend. Most of the web commentary will also appear on

This year Jon Brooke will be out in the hills and will attempt to take a digital photograph of every competing team. Some of these may appear in our on-line reports, but they will all be available to purchase a day or two after the event at

The images will be available as JPEG files in three different sizes, suitable for display on a monitor, or to create small or large prints. Payment can be made using any credit card and no registration or other faffing is required. The three sizes are 750x500, 1280x854, 3008x2000. All photos will be taken at normal compression. The medium file is suitable for prints of at least 6" x 4". The large file will produce at least a 9" x 6" print, though would probably be acceptable up to A3 size at least.

After the event is over, we will offer 2 prizes of Lowe Alpine kit for best digital photographs taken by competitors while the event is in progress. The two categories are best photo of LAMMers in action and best scenic photo (which should also include a few competitors). The photos will be displayed on the website. Please only send a maximum of 2 of your very best photos and no bigger than 0.8MB. Email them to and don't send them until Sunday 26th June otherwise my mailbox will creak!

If you have booked places on our transport, please visit the relevant page on the site to check your booking is correct. Our coach for Glasgow will now depart on the Sunday at 16:00. Please check the page for your final details including details of your Coach Manager on 14th June. We notice that a few of you have booked flights on Sunday before 19:30, the earliest time that we specified on the coach details. Please see the section below where we ask competitors to offer lifts to Glasgow Airport on Sunday.

This is the first year that Ordnance Survey have been able to provide 1:25,000 digital data with some of the irrelevant tourist symbols and boundaries removed. We have decided to provide you with two double-sided maps. One side will be at a scale of 1:40,000 which will help you plan your routes to within a few hundred metres of each control. The other side will be at 1:25,000 which should make it easy to navigate to the exact control location. ALL control locations are identifiable on the 1:25,000 map but not necessarily on the 1:40,000 map. The Elite, A and B will face an additional minor cartographic challenge!

Using a double-sided map is completely experimental and we have no idea how you will cope with the two scales. But it should be great fun. So - we'll await your feedback. We suggest that you mark up the 1:25,000 maps and keep one map folded to show each scale. The stronger navigator can then use whichever map is relevant at the time.

Maps (2 per team) are 86cm x 65cm and will be handed out on the way to the start. If you have purchased laminated maps you will hand in your voucher (issued at registration) and receive a laminated map in exchange. No voucher, no laminated map - so don't lose your voucher. In view of the new double-sided map, you may now wish to have one or both of your maps laminated. Please amend your team details online within the next week and we will collect the extra payment from you at registration. If w
e have not used up our entire allocation of laminated maps, extra vouchers will be available at registration on a first come, first served basis - price £3 each. For those whose maps are not laminated, map bags sized 60cm x 45cm will be available for purchase at registration. Plain maps are not waterproof so please ensure that you take a large enough map bag with you and if the weather is really bad we suggest that you save one map for use on the second day. Also carry some money with you in case you get stranded miles from the Event Centre.

After the event is over, plain LAMM 2005 maps will be available in the marquee for the bargain price of £2 each. We suggest that you bring a postal tube to protect any map you purchase after the event, otherwise these will be available from the shop for £0.70 each.

LAMM 2005 DRY ZONE TEE SHIRT - Great 2005 Colours & Fantastic Value
This year we will offer another a special edition Lowe Alpine tee shirt bearing the LAMM 2005 logo. Lowe Alpine's Dryflo garments have always been very popular at the LAMM. This year for the ladies we have the Womens Lightweight Dryflo Crew Short Sleeve in Lavender and Bluebell and the for the men we have the Dryflo Tee in Stargazer Blue and Aqua Mist. Even with the special LAMM 2005 logo applied, the price of £20 means that you will not be able to purchase these items more cheaply elsewhere.

The garments can be purchased during the weekend in the marquee but Dryflo has been so popular this year that we have only been able to source sufficient for about 40% of the competitors. When these items have sold out Lowe Alpine will have no more Dryflo available for us to purchase. Not surprisingly, the advice is - BUY EARLY. To see the 2005 Colours, logo and details visit the 2005 Tee Shirt page. To ensure that all competitors are able to take away a souvenir garment from the weekend, we are endeavouring to obtain an alternative supply of tops with the LAMM 2005 logo.

REGISTRATION will be open from 16:00 - 01:00 on Friday but be closed between 22:45 and 23:30 for the marshals briefing. At registration you will receive your Si-Card and wriststrap, 2 LAMM 2005 car stickers, 2 small polybags for the Control Descriptions (which are not waterproof), a pair of foot shaped plastic bags care of Sidas. The Information Desk will provide your Saturday start time, vouchers for laminated maps and allow you to register any VERY LATE team/course changes.

Start times will be provided at registration. If you are not arriving to register until Saturday morning you will be given start times nearer to 09.15.

The midges can be quite annoying if it is humid or still. Try to bring some insect repellent or a net.

The water at the Event Centre, on the course and at the midcamp is consumed at your own risk and if you are in any doubt water should either be boiled or purified. Please do not wash anything in the water bin at the Event Centre and only dip clean pans and water bottles into the bin. At the midcamp, please do not wash in the water upstream of the camp.

The usual rudimentary toilets will be available at the midcamp field. These must be used for all solid deposits! We will have some portaloos at the Event Centre but you can avoid the queue by using the "traditional" slit trenches.

SPORTident SI-Card
Those who are hiring an SI Card will receive one card per team at registration while those of you who are using your own must present it at registration so that we can confirm the card number. If you have chosen to hire a card, it will be attached loosely to your wrist using a tamper proof wrist strap. This will remain attached all weekend and be cut off you either when you finish or if you retire. If you lose, break or take a hire card home with you the charge will be £18.00. This is one reason why we are now using these wristbands for non-orienteering events of more than 2 hours duration. Also you will quickly get used to carrying the card on your wrist. Wrists do swell during exercise and providing you have attached the card loosely, you will hardly notice that you are wearing it overnight.

The six figure grid references you will be given represent the bottom left corner of a 100m square. The exact location could be anywhere within the 100m square and the description should enable you to locate the checkpoint precisely. Due to the steepness of the ground, some checkpoints will be described as being, for example, 'on the 540m map contour'. This is to enable you to locate the precise point on the map and it may not always accurately reflect the height you are seeing on your wrist altimeter (should you be lucky enough to have one)! If a checkpoint station doesn't beep or flash, please memorise the 3 letter word written on the station and tell us at the finish.

Please remember not to touch any deer calves, even if they appear to be distressed as the mother will often reject them if human scent is detected. Also try to avoid stepping on nests of baby grouse - the estates get annoyed. A number of rivers in this area soon become uncrossable after prolonged rain or even a heavy shower. If in doubt, move UPSTREAM, not DOWNSTREAM to cross and if moving downstream, ensure that if all else fails you can cross by a bridge. Carry all your rubbish back to the Event Centre on Sunday and be prepared to show it during a kit check.

DOCTORS Please collect a 'Barrier Tape Streamer' at registration and attach it to your tent at the Event Centre and midcamp so that we can locate you in an emergency.

This is printed on the control descriptions and should only be used in extremis. Rescue facilities are only available to deal with potentially life-threatening situations. Emergency medical facilities will be available both at the midcamp and at the end of day 2.

The start regime for the Sunday morning will be flexible. Chasing Start times for the leading teams will be displayed on the final column of the results sheet by 19:00 on Saturday. The Chasing Start will begin at 06:00 and we have extended it this year to 90 minutes. If your start time is shown as 07:30, you are not in the Chasing Start and may start anytime from 06:30 onwards until 07:30. In 2003, we introduced race position numbers which were worn by teams in the Chasing Start on each course Elite -> D. This was very successful and we will extend this to include all Elite -> D teams in the Chasing Start. All these teams should come to the midcamp results tent after 20:00 to be given 4 race numbers which indicate your course and position. Each team member will wear the numbers pinned on the front and on the back of the rucksack. For these teams, Sunday will be all about head to head racing and far more of you than ever before will be able to experience the exhilaration (and pressure) of racing on Day 2 of a Mountain Marathon.

Teams that retire or are disqualified on Day 1 are very welcome to start Day 2 and we don't need to be informed abou this. Teams will start from a taped area close to the mid-camp and those that are not in the Chasing Start will use their Si-Card to record their start time. Course description sheets will be issued in the taped area and competitors will receive description sheets just after they start. Any teams taking more than 9 hours to complete Day 1 should start early. We hope that the slower teams will be drawn along and when the majority of teams catch up, they will help to motivate the slower teams. Also we hope that the range of finish times will be compressed.

This will take place at approximately 13:30 at a very pleasant location and will last no more than 30 minutes. In view of the exceptional entry this year, we will offer prizes down to 8th place on each of the competitive courses. The winning Elite team will receive a cash prize of £500. The retail value of LAMM prizes this year is £7000.

If you have space in your car and will be passing Glasgow Airport, please locate Martin Stone when you are almost ready to leave and offer lifts to those who feel that our coach may not be able to deliver them to the airport in time for their flight. This will be very helpful to us but you must tell us if you are not intending to travel on the LAMM coach.

CAMPING IS AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY NIGHT You are very welcome to camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. The local hostelries (1.5KM walk) will welcome your custom.

Rick and Angela Houghton will have their mobile shop at the event. Telephone: 01253 795597 or email Order online from

18"x24" map bags, fine waterproof pens, Blizzard Packs, videos of the LAMM 1997 Jura Classic, the handbook "Mountain Navigation For Runners" by Martin Bagness (at a special event price of £4) and maps from previous events. Additional maps from LAMM 2003 can also be purchased at the end of the event.

Route planning above Loch Duich

The clouds over mid camp

Racing together - the spirit of the event