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PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS
Two prizes of Lowe Alpine bum bags have been awarded for photographs taken while the LAMM was in progress.
Best Photo of a LAMMer in action - Mark Griffith took this photo of his partner Colin Gilmour on Conival, where they encountered some interesting terrain!
Best Scenic Photo (including a LAMMer) - Richard Coombs took a photo at the top of the final descent to the midcamp, far below. A great picture showing the intricate islands by Glencoul and Loch Glencoul stretching away to the northwest.
was nearly 9pm before the 2006 LAMM finally finished and the last
team – on the C course – wandered in over the line after
13:21:48 out on the hill. Added to their long first day, that meant
their race time was over 24 hours. Of the many competitors who finished
after the prize giving, the last half dozen were on the C course,
which had proved particularly challenging with its steep gully climb
and prolonged legs in mist on complex terrain. Read
Sunday’s rain, low cloud and extremely rocky terrain again
tested competitors’ navigational and physical abilities. Over
the two days the attrition rate was such that no mixed, female or
veteran teams managed to complete the Elite course before the prize
giving. Alec Keith and Kenny Riddle, the overnight leaders, rose
to the challenge to win the LAMM trophy, finishing the Elite course
in an overall time of 12:09:35. Read
As anticipated, Day 1 of LAMM 2006 presented big navigational challenges
as the high, rocky hills were covered in thick, low cloud with rain
and drizzle. Competitors had to avoid sheer cliffs while descending
some very steep ground. Some control sites were in tricky locations
and one – the first on the C course – was in the ‘bone
caves’ of Inchnadamph. Read More
True mountain marathon weather greeted LAMM competitors on arrival
at Inchnadamph on Friday afternoon: low cloud hanging in tatters
over the event centre and a smirr of drizzle blowing off Loch Assynt.
is barely 24 hours since the location of the event was revealed,
although entrants already knew it would be in the far northwest
of Scotland. Inchnadamph is a tiny settlement in Sutherland, consisting
of a hotel and a field centre. It lies north of Ullapool and about
8 miles south of the Kylesku Bridge, which replaced the old ferry
to Kylestrome. Read more >>>
The LAMM 2006
venue is Inchnadamph, Sutherland, IV27 4HL. We've finally
made it to the most North Westerly region of the Scottish Highlands
and we're really pleased that so many of you are coming to join
us there for the 13th LAMM. Inchnadamph is an enigmatic name that
for lovers of Scottish mountain country, conjures up fine memories
and alluring images. There are hills
on all sides, both Munros and Corbetts. Ben More Assynt and Conival
are Munros to the east, Canisp and Suilven are Corbetts to the west
- all fit for a mountain marathon connoisseur. For more information
about the area visit www.assynt.info.
forecast from David Braine at the BBC Weather Centre.
ARRIVING BY ROAD
From Inverness, travel to
Ullapool and onward for 22 miles on the A835 via Ledmore and the
A837 to Inchnadamph. As you enter the village from the south, the
parking is in a field on the west (left) side of the main road.
Please DO NOT USE any public parking. The Event
Centre is on the east side of the main road, 400M from the parking
field to the east of the main road and the west of the Inchnadamph
Lodge, a prominent large white house.
Lochinver - 08:00 -> 18:30 every day
Ullapool - Monday to Saturday until 21:00, Sunday till 19:00
Inverness bypass - Heading north take the 2nd spur signposted RETAIL
PARK when parallel with the City of Inverness. This is for the "Inverness
Retail Park". An Esso station on the left that is open 24 hours.
A few beds will be available at the information desk at registration
- first come, first served basis.
Please don't phone anyone at Inchnadamph as all accommodation is
already booked by us!
There is plenty of accommodation at Ullapool (22 miles) and Lochinver
LODGE - ASSYNT FIELD CENTRE
As you walk from the car parking to the Event Centre field, you
will pass the lodge on your left. Unfortunately it is full on the
Friday night, so please don't ring them for accommodation.
If, however, you ever return to the area, the lodge will be pleased
to welcome you. They offer quality hostel and B&B accommodation.
They do have a shop for a few last minute provisions such as chocolate.
It also sells beer and wine. Please walk up the main gravel road
to the lodge and ask at reception.
Inchnadamph Hotel is only 500M from our Event centre field. Their
accommodation is completely full (so please don't ring them) but
they do have a bar and offer some bar snacks.
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!
More Information About the LAMM?
Please take a look at all the online 2004 and 2005 information
- Event Details & Final Details, Best Routes & Results,
Control Descriptions, Galleries and Reports/Feedback from Glencarron
and Isle of Mull. This should give you a flavour of the event and
help you to choose the best course for your team.
The LAMM Team looks forward to meeting
you all again on Friday 16th June 2006. Don't miss out on it or
you may regret it later!
All the best