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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 15th June. This will help us considerably with the smooth running of the event. Report any even later changes to the Information Desk at registration.

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.

Please enter for one of the championships if your team fits the bill. See the appropriate links.

Further information about the location will be provided at 12:00hrs on Thursday 15th June.
If you are on the LAMM email mailing list you should receive a LAMM email. Those with Internet access should visit where details will remain until after the event. If you don't see a new home page with the event venue, please click on REFRESH, to update your browser window. 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 at Lowe Alpine from 17:30 on the Thursday until 08:00 on Friday. There are two telephone numbers - 01539 742001, 01539 742068.

This is a really wild and wonderful location and is up to 2 hours walk from the nearest road. We are very lucky to be permitted to use it. Due to the geography of the location, campers will need to be quite inventive in siting tents.

  • Any A&E trained DOCTOR should inform us on arrival at the midcamp so that we can hand you a streamer to attach to your tent
  • NO LITTER, CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT WHATSOEVER is to be left behind when you leave as it will be quite difficult for us to litter sweep every location used for a tent. Be vigilant. If your neighbour leaves litter, please tell them
  • You must use our toilets for all solid deposits. There is to be no Al Fresco crapping anywhere within 1KM of the midcamp
  • Keep all tracks free but you should camp close to the edges of tracks
  • Take your water from the nearby River ....... to the NE but please don't wash in it or pollute it in any way
  • Don't camp in any taped area
  • Late arrivals will struggle to find good dry ground close to the finish so if you think you may be late, please check that your groundsheet is waterproof or consider carrying a sheet of thin plastic to lay underneath it

The LAMM car park will not open or be signed until 15:00 on Friday so please do not arrive until then. It will close at MIDNIGHT and re-open at 06:00 on Saturday. There may be a few beds available through our Information Desk at registration and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is 400M walk to the Event Centre & camping from the LAMM Parking. 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.

REGISTRATION will be open from 16:00 - MIDNIGHT on Friday but be closed between 22:00 and 23:30 for the marshals briefing. At registration you will receive your Si-Card and wriststrap, 2 LAMM 2006 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.

WILFS will be serving their usual delicious fayre in the large marquee, including a number of Saturday breakfast options.

Registration will be open from 06:00 - 09:00. If you are not arriving to register until Saturday morning you will be given start times nearer to 09.30.

This area really has everything. Mountains of over 3000ft (and some impressive smaller ones); high, open moorland; deep and steep glens; lots of crags and, once away from the event centre, feels (and is) very remote with the only access being a few stalkers paths. There is the usual variety of terrain you have come to expect on the LAMM: lots of rock, boulder covered ridges and other rough going such as some deep heather and peat hags (just in case you are more used to running in other mountain marathons!). However, don't despair, as there is lots of surprisingly fast running, grassy, wide open areas, open hill sides etc mixed in with the more complex, rough stuff - you just have to remember to slow down to find the controls!

On the map are some amazing and fairly well known natural features to watch for (some courses have been planned to give the best opportunities to see these, so if you're not out to win keep your eyes open) and, depending on the weather, the views are spectacular.Also, keep your eyes open for the wildlife - herds of deer, golden eagles, dippers and if you are as lucky as the planner, otters (the planner had a very close encounter with one when checking control sites).

So far, I've not mentioned the overnight camp-site. This year it is one of the most spectacular yet. If the weather is good, it'll be special and memorable. Saying more might give it away. Its everything you should expect at the Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon!

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 top teams on courses 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. Felicity Martin will be taking digital photographs out on the course and writing about the event as it unfolds. She 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 the website 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 20:00, 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

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. Those taking part in the Chasing start on Sunday will be wearing race numbers front and back and can search for these photos using their race number.

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 25th 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 and see the final details. Our coach from Inverness will now depart on the Friday from the airport at 17:20 and the railway station at 17:50. We notice that a few of you have booked transport that arrives at Inverness after the coach has left. Please contact by Monday 12th June so that we can make alternative arrangements for you, possibly by providing an extra minibus.

We will 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 SHOW MOST OF OTHE AREA 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. Most courses will need to visit a few checkpoints in areas that are ONLY on the 1:40,000 map.

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 90cm x 63cm 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. 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 2006 maps will be available in the marquee for the bargain price of £2 each and laminated maps for £4 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 2006 Colours & Fantastic Value
This year we will offer another a special edition Lowe Alpine tee shirt bearing the LAMM 2006 logo. Lowe Alpine's Dryflo garments have always been very popular at the LAMM. This year for the ladies we have the Womens Dryflo Tee in Deep Cobalt. We also have the Unisex Dryflo Sport Tee in Deep Red and Stargazer Blue. Even with the special LAMM 2006 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 we will take additional orders and these will be despatched by the end of July. However it will only be possible for us to order some of the sizes/colours. Not surprisingly, the advice is - BUY EARLY. To see the 2006 Colours, logo and details visit the 2006 Tee Shirt page.

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. 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. An emergency medical kit is available on Saturday a at the midcamp and on Sunday back at the Event Centre.

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 or who need to leave the Event Centre early to connect with public transport may start from 06:00. 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 14:00 by the Event Centre marquee and will last no more than 30 minutes.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 £6000.

CAMPING IS AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY NIGHT You are very welcome to camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. A local hostelry (700M 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 2006 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

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