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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.

TEAM CHANGES
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.

INDEMNITY FORM
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.

OUTDOOR and UNIVERSITY MM CHAMPS
Please enter for one of the championships if your team fits the bill. See the appropriate links.

LAMM LOCATION
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.

ROUTE GADGET - 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.

ATHLETES 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 email info@athletesangels.com. 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 PARKING, 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 labels.

REGISTRATION 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.

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

START TIMES 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.

THE MIDCAMP
It's 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.

SUNDAY MORNING STARTS
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 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 be compressed.

PRIZEGIVING
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.

SUNDAY COURSES CLOSE AT 17:00. YOU MUST BE BACK BY THEN.

A NOTE FROM OUR PLANNER ANDY SPENCELEY
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 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.

LEADERS ON 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 happens…..

THE LAMM WEBCAST
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.

JON BROOKE PHOTOGRAPHY
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 www.rightplacerighttime.co.uk. 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 respectively.

PRIZE FOR THE BEST PHOTO
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 andrew.leaney@sportident.co.uk.

COACH TRANSPORT
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 coach details.

DO 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 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 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.

LAMM 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.

MIDGES
The midges WILL be quite annoying if it is humid or still. We strongly recommend that you bring some insect repellent or a net.

WATER SUPPLY - 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.

TOILETS
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" 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 £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.

CHECKPOINT 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 the finish.

WHILE COMPETING
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.

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER
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.

CAMPING IS AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY NIGHT You are very welcome to camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. A local hostelry will welcome your custom.

COMPASS POINT FOR LAST MINUTE PURCHASES
Rick and Angela Houghton will have their mobile shop at the event. Telephone: 01253 795597 or email rick@compasspoint-online.co.uk. Order online from www.compasspoint-online.co.uk.

OTHER MERCHANDISE
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.

MOUNTAIN 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.

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Route planning above Loch Duich

The clouds over mid camp

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