LAMM 2008 - FINAL DETAILS
This Supplements the Event Details & Includes
All Recent News Updates
PLEASE 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 enter or make changes online
is 17:00 on Thursday 5th 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 by 13:00hrs
on Thursday 5th 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 742052
and 01539 742053.
- NEW FOR 2008
As the competitors
are setting off on Saturday and on Sunday we will use the popular
orienteering tool, Route
Gadget, to display our map on the website. During
the weekend, folks back home will be able to see our Planner and
Controller's route choices displayed on the LAMM map. By the time
you arrive home on Sunday evening we hope to have loaded all your
results into Route Gadget. Please make an effort to visit the Route
Gadget web page where you will be able to add your routes to the
map and compare them with those of other teams. The routes
are automatically linked with your SPORTident punch data and you
will be able to replay the event. You will actually see little squares
run across the map as if all teams had started off in a mass start.
This really adds another dimension to post-event analysis.
ANGELS - SPORTS MASSAGE
For the first time, the LAMM will have on board the highly
experienced Athletes Angels at the finish. Athletes Angels provide
sports massage and physio for endurance and outdoor sports events
across the UK and Europe and will be on hand to tend to weary muscles,
creaky joints and any sprains or injuries at the end of the race.
As many will know, a thorough sports massage at the end of an event
can make all the difference in the recovery stages! For more information
please visit www.athletesangels.com
and to pre-register (highly recommended!) for an appointment please
The team will be at the Event Centre from 10.30 am on the Sunday
and a 10 minute appointment will cost £10, if you wish
a longer appointment please specify when you pre-register.
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 is no accommodation available
within 10 miles of the Event Centre. Depending on your time of arrival
it is up to 1.5KM walk to the Event Centre & camping
from the LAMM Parking so we suggest you bear this in mind and plan
how to carry your kit to the Event Centre. 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 22:30 for the marshals briefing. At registration
you will receive your Si-Card and wriststrap, 2 LAMM 2008 car stickers
and 2 small polybags for the Control Descriptions (which are not
waterproof). Teams will receive 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.
be serving their usual delicious fayre in the large marquee, including
a number of Saturday breakfast options.
ON SATURDAY MORNING
Assembly times will be from 07:45. 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.
The Elite & A assembly time will be 08:30.
a very unusually shaped campsite at an idyllic location. We are
camping in the back garden of a most accommodating family. We're
very, very grateful to them for making us so welcome as its the
only place to camp for miles around and we will be invading their
peace and tranquility. Please do your best to leave a really good
impression of Mountain Marathoners. We are very lucky to be able
to camp there.
- 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 will be a few portaloos
and the usual slit trenches. There is to be no Al Fresco crapping
anywhere within 2KM of the midcamp
- Take your
water from the nearby River - upstream to the WEST of the
camp area. Please don't wash in it or pollute it in any way upstream
of the campsite.
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 06:30 and will last for 90 minutes. If your
start time is shown as 08:00, you are not in the Chasing
Start and may start anytime from 07:00 onwards until 08:00.
All teams in the Chasing Start 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 06:30. 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 14:30 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.
AT 17:00. YOU MUST BE BACK BY THEN.
A NOTE FROM
OUR PLANNER ANDY SPENCELEY
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 using 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 from 18! We aim to upload photographs
and reports on Friday evening, Saturday morning by 10:30,
Saturday evening by around 21:00, Sunday morning by 10:00
and Sunday evening by 20:00. 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.
Photographer 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 his website
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 £3.95, £5.95 and £7.95
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 73cm x 60cm 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 2008 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 £0.80 each.
2008 SPORT TEE SHIRT
This year we will offer another a special edition sport tee
shirt bearing the LAMM 2008 logo on a high resolution thermal transfer.
The colour is sports (bright) blue and the product has a DuPont®
Zelcon wicking finish for moisture control and stain resistance.
The fabric is soft, flexible and has anti-static properties. The
price is £15 and this is great value for a technical
tee bearing the event logo. Chest size (to fit) S - 37/38"
M - 39/40" L - 41/42" XL - 43/44"
They can be
purchased during the weekend in the marquee. We have ordered enough
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. Not surprisingly, the advice is - BUY EARLY.
The midges WILL be quite annoying if it is humid or still.
We strongly recommend that you bring some insect repellent or a
- RIVERS ARE LOW AND
WATER MAY BE SLIGHTY LESS PALATABLE
May has been quite amazing in LAMM land. The land is very, very
dry and river levels are low. The fell water supply at the Event
Centre is now a bit intermittent and although the locals think it
is safe to drink from the river that runs by the Event Centre, if
you are in any doubt, water should either be boiled or purified.
The water at the Event Centre, on the course and at the midcamp
is consumed at your own risk. At the midcamp, please do not wash
in the water upstream of the camp.
We will have some portaloos at the Event Centre and also this year
at the midcamp. 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 £23.00. 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, videos of the
LAMM 1997 Jura Classic and additional maps from LAMM 2008 can also
be purchased at the end of the event.
NAVIGATION FOR RUNNERS
Martin Bagness wrote the definitive guide to
Mountain Navigation about 20 years ago. It was updated
in 2007 and is now only available in electronic form. It can be
purchased as a CD at the event or as a downloadable file from www.lakesrunner.com.