LAMM 2006 - FINAL DETAILS
This Supplements the Event Details & Includes
All Recent News Updates
NOTE YOUR COMPETITOR NUMBER, WHICH IS DISPLAYED ON THE TEAM LIST.
PLEASE PRINT THIS DOCUMENT & THE FULL
EVENT DETAILS AND BRING THEM WITH YOU.
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.
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,
UNIVERSITY MM CHAMPS
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 www.lamm.co.uk
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,
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
EVENT CENTRE, ACCOMMODATION & CAMPING
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
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
be serving their usual delicious fayre in the large marquee, including
a number of Saturday breakfast options.
FOR THOSE ARRIVING ON SATURDAY MORNING
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.
A NOTE FROM
OUR PLANNER ANDY SPENCELEY TO WHET YOUR APPETITE
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!
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).
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!
COURSES WILL HELP TO WRITE THE LAMM WEBCAST
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 www.sleepmonsters.co.uk.
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 www.sleepmonsters.co.uk.
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.
THE BEST PHOTO
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
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.
YOU REQUIRE EXTRA LAMINATED MAPS?
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 we
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.
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.
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"
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.
DESCRIPTIONS & STATIONS
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
FOR LAST MINUTE PURCHASES
Rick and Angela Houghton will have their mobile shop at the event.
Telephone: 01253 795597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order online from www.compasspoint-online.co.uk.
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.