LAMM 2006 FEEDBACK
May I express my sincere thanks for allowing Tim to continue to
compete in the LAMM, (especially in light of the SLMM problems) he
really enjoys the adventure and I am so proud to be given the opportunity
to compete with my son. Tim proudly wears his new LAMM powerstrech
top all the time. As an occasional organiser of small orienteering
events I have a small idea of the amount of effort that goes into
the LAMM and are really greatful to you and your team for putting
on what is by far the best and most challenging MM. Please pass
on our thanks to all your team, and see you next year!
Stephen & Tim Martin
and LAMM team
I wanted to
write to let you know how much I enjoyed my first LAMM. It's an
event I have known of for some years but this year I eventually
got round to entering (mid-life crises at work?).
Thanks for all
you obvious efforts to organise this (as well as many other efforts
not seen) event which I thought went like clockwork (excellent surprise
venue for the 'geologist in me' too). Two friends were entered in
the C course, one was injured on the Saturday but got back to the
event centre to be looked after by team there and somehow we even
managed to find about this at the over night camp.
I wish I'd done
these years ago (before my knees became 40) but I'll be back hopefully
up to the C course next year and a little stronger!
for your teams efforts to put together what will be a very memorable
weekend for me.
My belated thanks for a perfectly planned and run event - I would
have thanked you earlier if I had not been sent to Iraq for a 'recce'
days after the event. It was my first LAMM and certainly won't be
my last! well done.
Martin - many
thanks once again for a fantastic weekend. From the view of this
competitor, it all seemed to go like clockwork, so many thanks also
to the helpers, who, as always, managed to be cheerful and helpful
in equal measure despite the weather. I thought a lot of imaginative
planning had gone into my course, with Day Two especially exciting
with the dash from the 770m summit right to the finish, and it was
quite easy to forget to pass the controls on the way. And all in
unbelievable terrain. So now we all spend six months talking about
this event and six months thinking about the next one. See you next
Sorry to clog up your INBOX. Hope you are safely tucked up back
in the Lake District.
I just wanted to write to you to ask you to pass on my thanks to
the lady GP who stitched me up at mid camp. She was running A Class
with her partner who was a paediatrician. They were from Hebdon
Bridge. If you could drop her a note to say thank you I would appreciate
it. I know you cannot disclose emails etc to me hence my request
for you to thank them on my behalf.
The GP who stitched me up was worried because she had not done any
stitches for years. My stitches have been taken out to today and
the nurse was very impressed with the neatness & the healing.
Shows that a bit of Scottish peat in the wound is good for the healing
I also owe thanks to the team who stopped to help stem the bleeding,
dress the wound & used part of their own first aid kit when
ours was soaked in blood. They spent a good 10 minutes helping and
I know this affected their Day 1 finish time but they stopped immediately
I was pleased to still be able to complete Day 2 despite a rather
large headache. I was slower on Day 2 but I had a good excuse -
I was drained - in more ways than one !
Andy Spenceley did a great job on the C Course and I hope future
courses will be of the same standard.
Finally, thank you to you and & the team for organising a fantastic
event once again. Great courses as usual [& enjoyable] and this
year the location was extra special and worth waiting for ! The
NW Highlands of Scotland can rival almost anywhere in the world
for their beauty and rugged terrain.
I look forward to seeing you again next year.
Best Rgds, Paul Hunt (Team No 82)
I am sure that your inbox must be more than full at the moment,
but I just wanted to drop you a line to congratulate and thank you
for the recent LAMM.
It was my first MM, and I duly entered the Novice class not really
sure what to expect. In the end we finished 4th, but more importantly
we had to very good days in the hills. The course was great, and
made the most of the area. I will definetly be entering again.
It was great news to hear my camera was found. As is the way with
camera's, it's the picture's that are of primary importance. If
you find out who returned it I would be happy to give a reward or
donate something to worthy cause.
The event was another tribute to you and your team, your inspiration
in making it come together is so much appreciated.
What can I say! Excellent event yet again. They just seem to get
better and better. It was great to visit Assynt again, even more
so to be so far out in the wild country up there. The overnight
campsite was a classic. Thank you again for organising such a great
event, you and all your helpers. It was all so well done!
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my first LAMM this
weekend. I've been wanting to do a mountain marathon for years and
for various reasons it has taken until this, my 40th, actually to
have the chance to do one. Couldn't have wished for a more awesome
experience in amazing wilderness; I loved the sense of a journey
through that fantastic landscape. Have to say, though I've done
a lot of fell running and thought I was quite fit I had no idea
just how tough the terrain would be! The word among my friends who've done it before is that it was a particularly good
course. The only improvements I can think of relate to my own choice
on my thanks to everyone involved with the organisation, I can't
imagine how much work must go into the course setting let alone
the rest of the event, though admittedly there were a few moments
when my feelings towards the course setter were perhaps less than
to next year's LAMM already.
Martin, Debbie and team.
A great weekend with 2 good days, testing course and a stunning
campsite. Simon and I enjoyed it even if we were not in with any
chance of a prize!
All the best
The LAMM this
year was superb!! Scenery out of this world!!!!!
Many many thanks for all the organisation that must go into it!!!
& pains receding, so we can now appreciated the whole weekend.
Congratulations to the whole to the LAMM team for putting on such
a good event. Many thanks for all the effort put in; looking forward
to next year.
Just a quick
mail to say thanks - This years LAMM was fantastic!
and everyone else we saw around the course and at the event centre:
My first LAMM
and what a belter of a weekend; congratulations to all involved
for organising such a terrific weekend. We got lost, my shoe fell
apart (thanks for the gaffer tape on Sunday morning) and my house now stinks but we had a great laugh all the way around and more
so after a few beers with other entrants that evening. What an atmosphere!
A very well-thought out course through thought-provoking terrain
and low cloud. I'm hooked.
Thanks a lot
and see you next year
Another fantastic LAMM!!!
We had a great weekend up in Sutherland, it was certainly worth
the long drive from North Yorkshire. The area was spectacular and
although the mountains could not be fully appreciated due to the
weather we had it did not detract from the MM enjoyment, in fact,
it made it more of a challenge! Our course on both days was very
enjoyable and made for some good running - so a thanks to Andy Spencley,
with similar comments from friends who had done the other courses.
The mid camp was in a truly spectacular position and really made
the weekend, we had a nice 'sea view' pitch! Our group from Settle
stayed over till Monday and enjoyed a very nice meal at the Ferry
Boat Inn at Kyleskue (recommend it to anyway who may be passing
that way) and then a good social crack at the Hotel back at Inchnadamph.
As usual the organisation at the event was excellent, so again a
big thanks to all those who support.
I just wanted to thank you and your team for a wonderful first experience
of a mountain marathon. Thanks for giving us a bit of info on location
- my mum and dad appreciated the hotel in Ullapool and had a nice
weekend themselves looking around and cheering us in on the Sunday. Thanks for running everything so smoothly - I run a triathlon and
quadrathlon down in Cornwall and appreciate the work that must have
gone in behind the scenes. Thanks for persuading me that we should take part in the chasing
start on Sunday - I was worried about missing our flight but as
it happened all was well, we just couldn't stay for the final ceremony
/ prize giving.
I guess we'll be back next year.
All the best
Once again thank
you for a terrific event, and a brilliant Saturday night venue.
That will take some beating.
on my thanks too to your crew, they really do a great job, and Im
sure that, by the nature of the jobs they have to do, theyll
suffer from the cold and wet far more than the runners do
tell them its really appreciated.
thank Andy Spenceley, who seemed to be really worried on Saturday
that we were all going to complain about his course. Not a bit,
it was excellent Id just like to go back and see it
Just a quick note to thank you and everyone else involved in putting
on such a fabulous event at the weekend! I saw your photo presenting
the elite winners with their trophy sadly as the last pair
to complete the A course we missed the presentations! In fact, Im
pretty sure we passed you as you were out looking for the other
waifs and strays by the final control, I would have said thanks
in person at the time had I recognised you. This was our first LAMM,
and I hope it will be the first of many. The whole area was new
to us, and it was simply breathtaking. Our chosen route differed
significantly on a couple of stretches from the planners suggested
optimal route posted on the website perhaps contributing
to our extended time, though I dont regret this too much as
one of the many memories well take away was walking on the
ridge to the summit of Ben More Assynt, before dropping off on a
bearing to try to find CP3 at the stream source next time
I will encourage my partner to try to remember to bring his altimeter
do pass on my thanks to all involved, its difficult to imagine
a better mountain marathon!
you next year.
A BIG thank
you to you and all involved for putting on a great event. It was
a privilege to be able to compete in such a beautiful and wild part
of Scotland. As ever, the organisation was super-efficient yet friendly
and relaxed, with lots of the special touches that characterise
the timing and results service put some other events to shame !
I was able to
chat with Andy Spenceley on Sunday and congratulate him on an excellent
Elite course with plenty of interesting routes choices and challenging
navigation on a truly special area. My most memorable moment was
taking a break from it all for a minute on Day 1 to watch a golden
eagle glide over us when we were out away from everyone near Control
Many thanks for an enjoyable and challenging week-end and as usual
the superb organisation supported by the culinary delights of Wilfs
Catering. It was my running partners first M.M. and was very impressed
with the LAMM's organisation and operating skills - Many Thanks.
Had a nice Dram (Malt) at the Mid - Camp. Ideal for our typically
Scottish Mountain Weather at the weekend. Look Forward to Next LAMM.
Many Thanks. Regards
This was my first LAMM and it was ace, i can't wait for next year,
and when my legs stop hurting i'm going to start training for nex
year. The last 5km for me was very painfull on my left knee, 2 girls
were very helpfull in my efforts. I wish to extend my thanks to
them as i did not catch up with them after the event.
I hope you can help, Paul Allen
Thanks very much for helping me out with finding a partner not once
but twice. Had a great time at the event - we were never going to
be competitive, but that just gave me more time to enjoy the scenery. Fantastic area - worth every mile of the drive up there - and fantastic
event over all. Thanks very much for all your hard work. I'll definitely
be back next year.
for a great week-end. The mid-camp was spectacular.
Thank you to
you and your team for another excellent weekend in another wonderful
location. We thoroughly enjoyed the course (A) we were on, especially
day two. Please pass on our thanks to Andy Spencerley. I have already
'booked' a place in the bothy at the overnight camp for
a trip with the kids!
Roll on next
Tim Brook and Nick Lawler
THANK YOU Martin
for organising another super event. I managed to persuade my husband
to walk around the D course with me instead; he was surprised we
were not last!
Just a quick
note to say thanks for a great event Ive done the LAMM
a few times over the last few years and it seems to get better every
a great event ! 2 proper length days out on proper hills. Camp site
and route setting was spectacular. A rough C course but in a good
way - boulders, scree, deep heather, bogs, mud, river crossings
- everything a hill race should be. It was nice not to get burnt
off by roadies on long flat sections. Navigating through miles of
misty tops was somehow made enjoyable which is a new experience
for me. Many thanks all who laid it on and the landowners. I know
the LAMM is about varying location every year but going back to
Assynt would be fine by me.
for a fantastic weekend, superb courses in one of the finest areas
of the UK and with a mid camp that could hardly be bettered. I thought
the course (we did B) offered excellent route choice, there was
rarely a single obvious way to get between controls. The only criticism
(if there has to be one) would be that it was usually too easy to
actually find the control once we were near it, we only had trouble
on one at that was due to my misreading the map! Even in poor visibility,
they were generally in such obvious sites that they could be seen
from some distance away. A combination of last year's micro-navigation
and this year's macro-navigation would be perfect.
forward to next year (hopefully less than a 9 hour drive away)!
Just a few of points. Enjoyed the event even if the weather was
1. Would it be possibe to organise a carbon offset facility for
entrants. Teams could voluntarily pay more to plant trees to offset
tha fuel used to transport them to the event each year. I've no
idea if this would be expensive and I appreciate it is more beaurocracy
for yourself. I would suggest Trees for Life as a good recipient
as they are regenerating the Caledonian Pine Forrest in the Glen
2. Hire one of those midge killing machines for the two camp sites.
I believe they need to be in place for a few days before hand in
order to make a difference. The manufacturers may even led you a
couple as it would be good PR to 1000 potential users.
3. Has anyone every finished their Munro's or Corbetts during the
race. My patrner got one of her remaining Corbetts this year.
Probably a bit late now but just to say thanks for the fantastic
organisation of the LAMM this year and especially the location.
I know the area very well having trained a a geologist and did my
mapping dissertation in that area - didn't help much with the navigation
in the mist though. Looking forward to next year as long as my partner
doesn't drop me.....
Thanks for another superbly-organised event, of course.
In case you or others are interested, there's some information on
the Grave & Aircraft Wreckage on Beinn an Fhurain (passed by
us on Day 1 on the C course) on the attached site
Interesting that it is the highest grave in the UK and quite moving
about Sgt Mitchell actually surviving the crash but failing to get
off the hill.
Many thanks for an other enjoyable area for LAMM. There was only
one thing that I was unhappy about and that was control 3 on day
1 of the A course. I suspect that there was an element of luck in
that some found this without too much difficulty. We went to every
stream source (many times over) on the N side of Ben More and where
these went up to the boulder field we listened carefully to see
if the source could be at a higher level and during our 3 and 1/2
hours in the area spent a lot of time on the boulder field (with
bruises to show from examining at face level on one occasion). We
had eventually decided to give up on the control and continue the
course, when we had one further look: we went to a stream source
that we had been to at least 6 times before (and had in fact looked
at when first descending from the col), when on this occasion, even
though there was no noise to suggest a source higher up, we did
go some 10-15m higher, over the boulder field and came across the
control, visible only from 1m away, identified mainly from the Sportident
box, as the control, like many that day, was lieing collapsed and
so only appeared as a flat triangle on the ground with no colour
visible. On the 1:25,000 map the control was on a stream that was
a little higher than those around it, but on the day this was not
the case as one might expect in wet conditions. I do not know if
those with an altemeter were helped by being able to run along a
710m level. My point is that I think that it was impossible to say
that the place where th e control was located WAS the source of
the stream as geographically this did not appear to be th e case
and ask if it was merely placed at the 710 level above the stream
or was it placed based on the basis of the GPS location? When controls
are on obvious topoghraphical features, you do not need to be able
to see the control, but when the features are not obvious, in an
area where there is an 'amorphous' appearance in the 100m square,
I ask the question should they be used as controls? Another question
is whether it is now necessary to invest in an altemeter to be able
to participate on 'equal terms', although I gather that this did
not help the Harding brothers in their 1 hour search for a similar
control on the E side of Ben More?
Yours in Sport and with thanks for all your hard work
for your help in arranging transport to the LAMM. Thanks also for
organising such a cracking event!! I had a fantastic time on it
and as soon as the pain wears off, Im sure Ill be signing
up for more!
Just a quick note to thank yourself, the planner, controller and
all those who helped at the weekend. A great outing to a beautiful
(what we could see of it) part of Scotland. We were disappointed
to drop out after an error on route to control 5 day four and my
partner suffering from stomach pains. But we plan to come back next
year and try again.
Two points to consider. Firstly the laminate maps are very hard
to write on in the wet and a chino graph pencil or other may help
here. It was partly this that led to our error on day 2 (plus not
Secondly, have you seen the site www.routegadget.net which adds
a great new dimension to orienteering post event analysis/fun? Given
the scope for route choice in the LAMM it would make interesting
Again, many thanks.
Robin Orr (C class)