2009 6th/7th JUNE
Two-Day Competition for Pairs with Overnight Campsite
is 3.5-4Hrs Drive North of Glasgow/Edinburgh, 2 Hrs Drive from Inverness!
Please bring these details to the event
and know Your Team Number at Registration
LAMM has taken place at Arrochar 1994, Isle of Mull 1995, Lochaber
1996, Isle of Jura 1997, Ardgour 1998, Black Mount 1999, Glen Shiel
2000, Loch Laggan 2001, Braes of Balquhidder 2002, Spittal O
Glenshee 2003, Glencarron 2004, Isle of Mull 2005, Inchnadamph 2006,
Glen Lochay 2007 and Glenfinnan in 2008. For all of us these
events have provided unique challenges and unforgettable experiences.
This year our event will as usual take place in a remote, high mountain
region of the Scottish Highlands. It is a two-day mountain orienteering
competition with an overnight camp at a remote location. Teams run
in pairs and carry lightweight camping equipment, clothes and food
to sustain themselves for 36 hours. You can choose from six courses
ranging from Elite to Novice depending on your ability and fitness.
The aim is to visit each of the checkpoints on your course and the
times for both days are aggregated to find a winner.
The many landowners
and local people have already been most helpful during the early
planning stages. Our event has a reputation for providing the competitors
with novel surprises and as usual we ask you to expect the unexpected.
We would prefer teams only to apply if they are sure that they will
feel able to enter into the spirit of the event. We have another
great area lined up in one of the classic mountain area of the Scottish
Highlands with a scattering of Munros and Corbetts. Competition
for places in the LAMM is now so keen that the event always fills
to capacity and even an event as far north as Inchndamph 2006 was
oversubscribed. We would strongly recommend an early entry this
year to avoid disappointment. We will save a few slots to allow
late entries for Elite and A teams.
I am Martin Stone, the Event Organiser. I have
organised the LAMM each year since it began in 1994, also the Scottish
4000s Duathlon and the Hebridean Challenge. My sporting background
is long distance mountain running and mountain marathons. Apart
from organising events I provide timing and scoring systems/consultancy
for sporting and corporate events through our company SPORTident
UK Ltd. Our planner this year is Angela Mudge, who has
planned the on numerous occasions and controlled the event last
year. Andy Spenceley who planned in 2006 at Inchnadamph and
last year at Glenfinnan will be our controller. Andrew
Leaney will manage our website, provide results and a live webcast
during the weekend itself. Twenty or so friends of the event will
help as marshals during the weekend.
We hope to
provide you with a great weekend of racing and adventure at the
connoisseurs Mountain Marathon.
NEWS FROM LOWE ALPINE
We are delighted that Lowe Alpine will continue their sponsorship
and enthusiastic support of LAMM. Lowe Alpine has been a great sponsor
ever since the first event at Arrochar in 1994. Many thanks from
the organisers and competitors alike for a top commitment to people,
enjoying competition in the mountains.
PRECISE DETAILS OF THE LOCATION
At the request of the estates concerned and also to keep
you guessing, further information about the location will NOT
be provided until 12:00hrs on Thursday 4th June. There will
then be two ways to obtain details of the location:
Those with Internet
access should look on web site www.lamm.co.uk
where details will remain until after the event. It will be best
to visit the LAMM website, which will tell you far more than is
possible in a brief message.
If you are still
living in the technological Dark Ages, please telephone Lowe Alpine
between 18.00hrs on Thursday 4th June -> 08.00hrs on Friday
5th June to hear a brief recorded message. You will see
the phone number in the Final Details that will appear on the website
in early June. This message will be removed at 08.00hrs on the Friday
and no further assistance can then be provided. Please do not jam
Lowe Alpine's switchboard during normal business hours on the Friday
with questions about the event - they will not be able to assist
If you expect
to be en route to the area or on holiday in Scotland before the
Thursday evening, it may be best to arrange to telephone a friend
who has retrieved the information you require - we will not be able
to assist you with any more clues.
Should you become
aware of the location by accident, we are relying on you to keep
it to yourself and under no circumstances to spoil the surprise
for others by 'spouting off'. Anyone found to be passing on this
information will have their entry fee returned and is barred from
From the experience
of previous years, we expect the event to fill quickly. The format
of the competition itself will be fairly straightforward for those
with experience of 2-day Mountain Marathons and we hope to keep
the organisation informal and friendly. The emphasis will be on
good courses and the quality of the race itself.
EMAIL UPDATES AND OBTAINING INFORMATION FROM THE WEB SITE
Our event was the first UK Mountain Marathon to make
use of a website in 1998. More than 10,000 of you have already subscribed
to the Staminade Events email mailing list to receive regular news
updates about important issues and so that we can tell you when
you need to take another look at the website. If you haven't already
subscribed, it is important that you visit www.lamm.co.uk
and subscribe to the list.
DETAILS OF THE WEEKEND & EVENT FORMAT
ON FRIDAY: Yellow LAMM signs will direct you to the
parking area. The car park will not open until 15.00, so please
do not come to the venue by vehicle until then. Wherever possible
please share transport with another team, as parking space is especially
limited this year. There will be no car key deposit so please keep
your keys with you. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss
or damage, should an unfortunate incident occur. Do not arrive at
the parking area after MIDNIGHT, as it will be closed to
avoid disruption to local people and other competitors. This means
passing Glasgow/Edinburgh by about 20:00. If you cannot make
this closing time, you should camp en route and complete the drive
on the Saturday morning.
will be open from 16:00 MIDNIGHT on
the Friday but will be closed from 22:00 22:45 for
the marshals briefing. At registration you will receive your SI-Card
and wriststrap, 2 small polybags for the Control Descriptions (which
are not waterproof), a pair of foot shaped plastic bags, care of
Sidas, and the 2009 LAMM car sticker. The Information Desk will
provide your Saturday start time, the relevant vouchers for laminated
maps and allow you to register team/course changes.
ON FRIDAY NIGHT: There is limited amount of B&B
accommodation available close to the Event Centre. You are strongly
recommended to bring two tents, camp at the Event Centre and leave
your basecamp tent erected during the weekend. Details of any accommodation
will be available at registration.
ON SATURDAY MORNING: We think that you will enjoy
the ambience of the event more if you are able to arrive on Friday.
However, if this is not possible, the parking area and registration
will be open on Saturday morning from 06:00 09:00.
If you are registering on Friday and using accommodation away from
the Event Centre or not arriving to register until Saturday morning
most of you will be given assembly times nearer to 09:00.
OUR TRANSPORT FROM GLASGOW OR INVERNESS: http://www.lamm.co.uk/2009/coach_bookings.html
the premier electronic system for recording times at checkpoints,
will be used. You may use your own SI Card to save a £2.60
hire charge. It is possible to purchase an SI-Card by visiting
the online shop at www.sportident.co.uk.
These cards can be used at many types of event. If you are using
your own card at the event, you must present this card at registration
to confirm that the SI Card number you logged on your entry form
is correct. Those who need to hire an SI-Card will receive it at
registration. If you have chosen to hire a card, it will be attached
loosely to your wrist AT REGISTRATION 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 £25.00.
This is one reason why we are now using these wristbands for non-orienteering
events of more than 2 hours duration. 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. This year all competitors
will use an SI-Card at each checkpoint.
ALL DOCTORS: We realise that it would be nice to
get away from the 'day job', however it would reassure us to be
able to identify a few doctors at the mid-camp who we can call on
in case of emergency. If you don't mind the imposition, please make
yourself known at registration and well give you a length
of barrier tape to attach to your tent at the midcamp.
18 x 24 map bags, fine waterproof map pens, videos of
the Jura 1997 LAMM, the handbook "Mountain Navigation For Runners"
by Martin Bagness and maps from previous events. Additional maps
from LAMM 2009 may also be purchased at the end of the event. We
still have a few Dryflo Tees from recent years and most previous
event maps, available from the LAMM online shop at www.lamm.co.uk.
TEE SHIRT: This year we will offer another a special
edition tee shirt bearing the LAMM 2009 logo. More details will
follow nearer the event. The garments can be purchased during the
weekend in the marquee and should these sell out, a mail order list
will be compiled and items despatched by the end of July. They can
also be ordered after the event from the online LAMM Shop.
The mobile shop will be present at the event to provide an opportunity
for any urgent last minute purchases before the event and replacement
of trashed gear afterwards. Contact Rick Houghton at email@example.com
or telephone 01253 795597 to ensure that the shop can bring
whatever you will need. If you are flying to the event, contact
the shop to ensure that Rick brings enough of the right type of
gas cylinders to the event. You can also order goods online via
the LAMM online shop at www.lamm.co.uk.
who attend orienteering events and mountain marathons all around
the UK will be present to provide a variety of food for purchase
on Friday evening from about 16.00. This will include Soup,
Pizza, Chilli in a bowl, baked potatoes, pasta bowl, a number of
cakes and the usual brews. On Saturday morning, cereal and bacon
rolls will be on the menu. A free meal is provided to each competitor
on Sunday at the end of the event. Visit www.wilfs-café.co.uk.
times will be allocated at registration. Day 1 assembly times are
between 07.00 - 09.30. At the start enter the taped
area corresponding to your course. You are advised to use the small
plastic bags provided at registration to protect the description
sheet, which is not waterproof. The description sheet will give
a 6-figure grid reference for each checkpoint on your course, plus
a written description and code to look for at the checkpoint. The
checkpoints must be visited in the order shown on the sheet.
Each team will receive 2 maps, approx. size (70cm x 70cm) which
will be handed out on the way to the start. The map is at 1:40000
scale with a contour interval of 10m and is based on data from the
relevant OS 1:50000 sheets. We are providing the option of laminated
maps and we will ensure that you are given the correct type of map.
For those who do not request laminated maps, map bags will be
available for purchase at registration.
Pairs must stay within visual and verbal contact of each other and
BOTH MEMBERS MUST VISIT EACH CONTROL. We are aware that in
previous years, a few teams have cheated where one member was descending
to a control before climbing back up the hill to join a weaker partner.
This year, each competitor will use an SI-Card. Each checkpoint
will be marked with an orienteering-type orange and white nylon
marker and a SPORTident station will be attached to it. This will
usually be sited at ground level, weighted down with rocks. Always
check the 3-digit identification code on each SPORTident station
to ensure that you have visited the correct one for your course.
You will not be penalised if you inadvertently dip your SI-Card
at an extra control that is not on your course but you must dip
your SI-Card at all the controls on your course in the correct order.
Ensure that the station is not upside down when you insert the SI
Card. Any closing times will be marked against the relevant checkpoint
description and you should not expect to find a checkpoint marker
if you arrive after this time.
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)!
Please adhere to signs and protect the water source by washing downstream
of the drinking water collection area. No rubbish is to be discarded
on the hills or at the mid-camp. ALL rubbish MUST be carried out
and taken back to the Event Centre with you on Sunday afternoon.
Spot checks will be made at the finish.
be displayed at the camp site. Those finishing within 90
minutes of the leader on each course will take part in a chasing
start on day 2. Day 2 start times will be displayed on the final
column of the results board by 19:00 when a reasonable number
of teams have completed Day 1. 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.
2 START: The Chasing Start will begin at 06:00
and will last for 90 minutes. If you are not in the Chasing
Start list, you may start anytime from 06:30 onwards until
07:30. Teams that retire or are disqualified on Day 1 are
very welcome to start Day 2. Teams will start from a taped area
close to the mid-camp and all apart from those in the Chasing Start
will use their Si-Card to record their start time. Course description
sheets will be issued in the taped area. Competitors will receive
description sheets just after they start. Any teams taking more
than 9 hours to complete Day 1 or who are concerned that
they will miss our transport to Glasgow at 14:00 will be given
the opportunity of starting at any time from 06:00 onwards.
We hope that this will help to draw the slower teams 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.
2 FINISH - THE EVENT CENTRE: Random kit checks will
be made and rubbish generated during the weekend must be displayed.
A free meal will be served to all competitors by Wilf's Outdoor
Catering. The prize giving will take place nearby at 13.30 and
earlier if the majority of prize winners have finished..
COURSE CLOSING TIME:
All teams must be back by 16.00 on Sunday whether or not
they have completed their course. You are very welcome to stay on
and camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. The local hotel will
welcome your custom.
be awarded to the first 6 teams on each course, first mixed and
first women's team in each class. A prize will be awarded to the
veteran's team on each course with the best handicap results where
the total age of the team is 90 or more on Saturday 6th
June. On the linear courses, the adjusted time is calculated
by deducting 30 seconds per hour of running time for each year the
combined age of the team exceeds 90. On the score course,
the adjusted score is calculated by adding 1.5% to the score for
each year the combined age of the team exceeds 90. There
are also prizes for the teams with most LAMM appearances, also the
best University team and team associated with the Outdoor Industry.
HUNTING! Prize-winners in previous years (other than
Elite) are ineligible for prizes when competing on a course &
category (unless veterans) where they have previously won a 1st
or 2nd, Mixed or Ladies prize. We reserve the right to decide a
team's eligibility for a prize where one team member who has previously
won a prize pairs up with another previously unplaced member and
they enter a lower course.
Should you retire and return to the Event Centre during Saturday
or early on Sunday, please place your hired electronic control cards
in the labelled box in the marquee or leave a note if you own the
SI-Card. At other times, please report to the finish. THIS IS
THE GOLDEN RULE AND MUST BE ADHERED TO WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Failure
to follow this procedure could result in the local Mountain Rescue
team being called out. Any competitor doing so will be blacklisted
for all future events. It is the responsibility of competitors to
make their own way back to the Event Centre. The mid-camp will be
at an isolated location and unless you have suffered a broken limb
or other severe injury it is unlikely that we will be able to offer
transport back to the Event Centre.
CROSSING FENCES & RIVERS:
The event takes place during the hind calving period. Should you
discover a newly born calf that is apparently alone and in distress,
please give it a wide berth and under NO CIRCUMSTANCES TOUCH IT.
On her return, the mother is likely to reject the calf after detecting
human scent. No deer fence is to be crossed except at a specified
crossing point and stock fences should either be straddled or crossed
at strainers. 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.
Use your whistle to summon assistance from other competitors. Put
the casualty in a sleeping bag or tent while someone, preferably
two people, go for help. Someone should stay with the casualty at
all times, although if you cannot summon help you may have to leave
them on their own. Make a careful note of the grid reference, nearby
features, time and nature of injuries. Telephone the 24 hour emergency
phone number shown on your Control Description sheet and ask for
a suitable message to be passed to the Mountain Rescue Team.
Adders are quite
active at this time of year; however it is extremely unlikely that
anyone will be bitten. Should you be unlucky, it is not likely to
be too serious. Immediately wash the bite to remove venom on the
surface, dispel any notion of continuing competitively and rest
with the relevant limb lowered below the heart for about half an
hour. Bandage the limb above the bite just tightly enough so that
the veins below bulge but pulses can still be felt. "Milking"
the bite area to expel blood and plasma could be tried too. If you
are not feeling too feverish or nauseous after this rest, proceed
gently either to the mid-camp or to a road, whichever is the nearer.
Seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Please take a look at the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 weblinks
- Best Routes (which are displayed on the online maps for each year),
Results, Control Descriptions, Photo Galleries and Reports/Feedback
from these previous events. This should give you a flavour of the
event and help you to choose the best course for your team.
As a result of popular demand we are introducing a Score course
in 2009 - Saturday 7 hours, Sunday 6 hours. This will make use of
some of the controls on the linear courses but others will be unique
to the core course. We will not be providing a pre-marked map but
there will be good oppportunity to mark up your map on the Saturday
morning in a dry environment before you start. If you are using
a laminated map, we suggest you give some thought to the best way
of preventing control locations rubbing off during the day.
running time about 12 hours
Limit - 18
running time about 11hours
Limit - 18
running time about 10 hours
Limit - 18
running time about 9 hours
Limit - 17*
running time about 8 hours, walking time 11 hours
Limit - 16*
Limit - 16*
team member must be over 18. Please download a Parental
We will endeavour
to ensure that the fastest time is achievable given good weather.
Here are the LAMM course statistics for 2003 and 2004.
O' Glenshee 2003
measure the Planner's preferred route and are NOT based
on straight lines drawn on the map between the controls. Please
do not be misled if you feel the distances are short. The terrain
is mountainous even by Mountain Marathon standards with plenty of
climbing. Day 1 will take significantly longer than day 2 and the
courses will combine relatively fast high-level routes with lower
level sections, which demand more technical navigation.
All entries will be vetted for suitable experience and each team
must be able to navigate in the hills. Elite entries must
have completed an Elite or A course at a recent mountain marathon,
A entries an A or B course. Alternatively they should have
achieved a fast time in a long fell navigation race or similar event.
Other impressive achievements will be considered! These courses
could involve some scrambling.
B and C
entrants must have completed a course at a recent mountain marathon
or long fell navigation race or alternatively have significant experience
of mountaineering or long days moving quickly in the hills. The
D course is intended for those with limited mountain marathon
experience, but who are very strong walkers or steady runners. These
courses will also cross steep, rough mountain terrain and require
excellent navigation skills.
on the Score course can at least predict the length of their two
days and the courses are intended to be accessible to all who take
part in the linear courses.
should feel capable of completing the E, A and B courses within
150% of the winner's time, while the C and D courses should be completed
within 180% of the winner's time. Speed and fitness are important
factors in mountain safety. Please do not enter this event merely
with the aim of finishing a course regardless of the time taken.
IT IS ESPECIALLY
IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE A SENSIBLE COURSE IF YOU INTEND TO USE OUR TRANSPORT
TO GLASGOW! If we assume you start on Sunday soon after 06:00,
our transport to Glasgow will leave the Event Centre approximately
8hours later. (see the information above about flexible Day
READ THIS WARNING:
You will be tackling some very challenging mountain terrain and
the daily distances will reflect this. If you are not both competent
and confident when moving across steep, rough mountain terrain,
you will inevitably be spending longer on the hills than you anticipated.
In view of this, please make a realistic assessment of your capabilities
and ensure that you are tackling a course which best reflects your
mountain skills. Please be prepared for the worst possible conditions
as the competition area is very isolated and these hills are exposed
to serious weather. Bear in mind that you are very much on your
own once you have started. Although the organisers will ensure that
the event is as safe as possible, your safety is ultimately your
own personal responsibility, just as it is with any trip into the
hills. Consider training for this event by running on mountain terrain
where possible and by practising fine map reading and compass skills.
When you enter the LAMM you accept full
responsibility for your safety and any injury you sustain during
the event. These are not the responsibility of the event organiser.
You know your limitations and will retire from the event rather
than jeopardise your own safety. This will be reflected in an indemnity
form that each team member must sign and hand in at registration.
for those who wish to improve their mountain marathon skills will
take place in the Lake District on two weekends this year. Joe Faulkner
who is an outdoor professional and qualified mountain/canoe instructor
will lead them. For more details and a booking form visit www.joefaulkner.com,
or contact Joe at High Brow, Celleron Road, Tirril, PENRITH, Cumbria
CA10 2LS Telephone: 017684 86779/ mobile 07749 364248.
Each team must carry a tent with ground sheet, food for evening
meal and breakfast, stove and means to produce hot food/drink, first
aid kit to include wound dressings (one large), triangular bandage,
roller bandage & anti-inflammatory tablets/ointments (not compulsory).
must wear or carry a whistle, compass, map, pencil & paper,
torch (not penlight) with spare bulb & 6 hours light. A Petzl
Tikka and similar torches which contain multiple LEDs are fine.
A sleeping bag, survival bag (not space blanket), waterproof cagoule
with hood (not a Pertex windproof), overtrousers (these can
be Pertex), hat & gloves, tracksters/thermal bottoms (lycra
tights OK if weather forecast is good), thermal vest or similar,
warm thicker top, hill food for each day with a small amount of
emergency rations to remain at the end of day 2.
A Goretex bivi
bag may be used as a sleeping bag but not as a tent. The Blizzard
Pack is an acceptable alternative to a sleeping bag. Footwear must
be lightweight boots, fell running or orienteering shoes - no flat-soled
may not be ideal for contouring but will be acceptable as long as
the heel is not too high. The ideal shoe for most is a fell running
shoe such as the Walsh PB, Inov-8, New Balance RX Terrain, The Felldancer
or Adidas Swoop or Lightfoot.
some money with you (a note) in case you get stranded miles from
the Event Centre.
be prepared for random kit checks on arrival at the midway camp
and at the end of the event.
If you feel there is any risk that the water you may drink en route
or at the campsites is not pure enough, you should consider using
suitable water purification tablets. This would be more significant
after a period of unusually dry weather. All water consumed during
the weekend is at your own risk. Midge repellent and sunscreen should
also be considered.
and any Satellite Navigation device such as Magellan and Garmin
- altimeters are allowed.
LIMIT & WAITING LIST:
Teams will generally be accepted on a first come basis. We will
however guarantee entry to teams on the Elite and A courses, teams
entering from abroad and those who have helped the event in a significant
OF PARTNER, COURSE, SI-CARD OR LAMINATED MAPS:
Should it be necessary to make a change, please do NOT telephone
us. You can use SiEntries Online Entries System to make your team
changes online until Thursday 4th June as long as you know
your SiEntries ID and password, issued by email when you enter.
After this date, inform us of changes at the registration information
Should the team be unable to participate (even at the eleventh hour),
please email or write to the entries address (see below) and your
request to withdraw will be acknowledged. If we receive your notification
of withdrawal by email or letter, sent no later than 15th May, at
the address shown below, the team will qualify for a refund of £70
plus any coach booking fee and this will be paid by cheque before
the end of July. No refunds will be made in any other circumstances,
nor can your entry ber transferred to the following year.
CAR HIRE FROM AIRPORTS: If
you wish us to help you find another pair arriving on the same flight
so that you can hire a car together please visit the Share
Car Hire page at www.lamm.co.uk.
Last year we were able to solve a number of transport 'crises' by
publishing details of those offering lifts on our website. If you
have a particular travel problem and have been unable to find a
solution visit the Lifts to the Event page at
if you are either a donor or a hopeful recipient.
FOR A PARTNER? The web site worked wonders for a
few 'desperate' competitors last year. At least 10 partnerships
were forged through the site and some teams were very successful.
If you lose a partner or are looking for a partner visit the Partner
Needed? page at www.lamm.co.uk.
If you are thinking of coming to the event but are not competing
and would be able to commit yourself from Friday afternoon onwards
to help with parking, registration, the starts, finishes, midcamp
or on the hill, please contact Martin
Stone no later than 23rd May.
For all correspondence, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org,
write to Martin Stone, Lowe Alpine MM, Sleagill Head Farm, SLEAGILL,
PENRITH CA10 3HD or in the last resort telephone 0870 766 1792.