LAMM 2007 - 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 7th 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 7th 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 742048
and 01539 742051.
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 2007 car stickers
and 2 small polybags for the Control Descriptions (which are not
waterproof). The first 200 teams to register will receive a pair
of foot shaped plastic bags, care of Sidas. Unfortunately a large
delivery of foot bags has been delayed so its first come-first served!
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.
ON SATURDAY MORNING - A LITTLE LATER THAN ADVERTISED
Starts will be FROM 08:00. 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.
- 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 2KM of the midcamp
- Take your
water from the nearby River ....... to the WEST of the camp area
and please don't wash in it or pollute it in any way upstream
MORNING STARTS - ALSO LATER THAN ADVERTISED
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 20:00 on Saturday. The Chasing Start will
begin at 07:00 and will last for 90 minutes. If your
start time is shown as 08:30, you are not in the Chasing
Start and may start anytime from 07:30 onwards until 08:30.
In 2003, we introduced race position numbers which were worn by
teams in the Chasing Start on each course Elite -> D. 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 about 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 07:00. 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 15:00 by the Event
Centre marquee and will last no more than 30 minutes.We will
offer prizes down to 6th 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. Don't
forget the new prizes for the male, female and mixed pairs whose
team members have between them attended the LAMM most often.
A NOTE FROM
OUR CONTROLLER ANDY SPENCELEY TO WHET YOUR APPETITE
the remote far north in 2006, this year will be quite different
and not only in that it's much easier to get to. There is quite
a change in the terrain from last year's area, where only deer and
geologists roamed, to this year which is rather special, being a
hill walkers and Munro baggers paradise (not to mention the scattering
of Corbetts on the map for the real aficionados). The hills might
be more accessible than last year but they are bigger and just as
distinctive and big mountains mean some serious route choice. The
planner, Angela Mudge, has planned courses that will require plenty
of thinking and decision making, so don't always jump to the seemingly
obvious route. It can be a considerable climb over mountains, but
also a long way round. Make careful choices!
is typical of the high mountain areas away from the north-west Highlands,
generally not as rocky, but with big grassy slopes, scattered crags,
superb long ridges, big glens (and some landrover tracks) and big
climbs. It's not all fast running since, like any hill areas in
Scotland, there are plenty of areas of bog, tussocks, heather and
bracken to slow you down, though overall you will be able to travel
faster than last year.
year the weather will be good enough to appreciate the excellent
views from the high tops and ridges, but, anyway, look out for the
golden eagles in the northern and western parts and deer everywhere.
To sum up, it's a great area that will easily live up to the standards
set in previous years for the connoisseurs' Mountain Marathon !
A word of warning,
with the map based on the OS 1:50,000, not all crags are marked
accurately and many small streams are not marked, so be wary of
these features for fine navigation. Just remember it is not a purpose
made orienteering map, but a map for travelling through mountains
and gives you exactly the information you need for the LAMM.
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 a flexible arrangement so we'll just see what
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 on the course attempting to capture at least
one image of every team. His pictures will be available to purchase
online a day or two after the event via http://www.sleepmonsters.co.uk/photoshop.php.
The images will be available as JPEG files for personal (non-commercial
use). They come in three different sizes, suitable for display on
a monitor, or to create small or large prints. 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 photos using their race number. Payment can be made
using any credit card (via Paypal) and no registration or other
faffing is required. Prices are £2.95, £4.95 and £7.95
Find out more
about Jons work at www.rightplacerighttime.co.uk.
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.
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
YOU REQUIRE EXTRA LAMINATED MAPS?
Maps (2 per team) are 68cm x 62cm 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 2007 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.
2007 DRY ZONE TEE SHIRT - Great 2007 Colours & Fantastic Value
This year we will offer another a special edition Lowe Alpine
tee shirt bearing the LAMM 2007 logo. Lowe Alpine's Dryflo garments
have always been very popular at the LAMM and this year they are
even more stylish. For the ladies we have the Womens Dryflo Sport
Tee in Magenta and Gun Metal and we also have the Unisex Dryflo
Sport Tee in Stratosphere and Gun Metal. Even with the special LAMM
2007 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 2007 Colours, logo and details visit the 2007
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 at the midcamp and on Sunday back at the Event Centre.
AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY NIGHT You
are very welcome to camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. A
local hostelry 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 email@example.com.
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 2007 can also be purchased at the end of the event.