GLEN FYNE 2010 - 12th/13th June
Two-Day Mountain Competition for Pairs with Overnight Campsite
Location is ONLY 1½ hrs Drive North of
Glasgow/Edinburgh and 2¾ - 3 hrs from Inverness!
Serious Accident - £12,000
Raised For Arrochar MR Team | Lost
Souls | Planner's Comments
Map | RouteGadget
| Control Descriptions
Friday | Friday
Photos | Saturday morning | Saturday
evening | Saturday
Reports | Winners Reports
| Sunday | Sunday
Photos | Prize Giving Photos
Results | Sunday
Results | Overall
Results | Outdoor Champs
Results | Uni Champs Results
for Sale | Photo
Competition | Round up | Control
Hanging Photos | LAMM
Photo Competition Winners
Best LAMMer in action photo
'Rob Jones on the B course' by Chris Naylor
Best Scenic Photo Including a LAMM Competitor
'B course Day 1 ascent after control point 1' by Jonathan
£2,237 raised for Arrochar Mountain Rescue, thanks for drinking
Over the weekend we have tried to give you some insight into the
2010 event, but in the course of writing the live reports we also
heard a few other stories and news snippets that we just didn’t
have time to write up. So here in no particular order are a few
more items that might be of interest.
First of all, news of another international event that might appeal
to LAMMers, the Icebug 24 (www.icebug24.com). This is a 24 hour rogaine
(score event) held in Sweden on 30-31 July and its race director is
Björn Rydvall, one of this year’s fourth place Elite
team. He extends a warm invitation to any LAMMers who would like to
take part and also points out that there is a first prize of 24,000
SEK, which is even a lot in real money. Read
So, onto the prize giving. Competitors did rally around and managed
to drink a further two barrels of beer on Sunday afternoon in the
run up to the prizegiving. This raised the total money towards the
new Arrochar Mountain Rescue Land Rover to over £2,000. The
beer certainly added to the atmosphere around the finish and although
the weather had been a little grey and drizzly, as is traditional
at the LAMM there was an excellent turn out of competitors to offer
applause both to their victorious comrades and to the team responsible
for putting together the event. And amazingly, just as things got
underway, the weather improved and there was even a little sunshine
(I distinctly remember).
Firstly, Martin Stone made a point of thanking all of the local
estates that had given their permission to cross the land and he
also thanked all of the usual team of helpers without which the
event couldn’t be run. Read more...
Saturday has been a glorious day, sunny, but with a light breeze
and some cloud cover. In short, perfect for running. As I write,
exactly 12 hours have elapsed since the first teams set out at 7.30,
but others started as late as 10 a.m. At the moment 19 teams are
still unaccounted for, however, that is about normal. Some may have
retired but probably a few more will arrive at mid-camp over the
next hour or so.
In fact an elite team has just arrived. Team 264, Graham Kirby
and Gordon Kennovin in a time of 10 hours 1 minute. That is
just a few minutes shy of 4 hours after the course leaders, and
pre-race favourites the Symonds brothers, but still a great performance.
Now that they have arrived their next task is to find a spot to
put up their tent, which on this year’s LAMM is also less
straight forwards than usual. It would not be too unkind to say
that this year the mid-camp has gone back to basics with a proper
old fashioned tussocky, hummocky, boggy patch studded with moraines
in the bottom of a typical highland glacial valley. Needless to
say, flat bits are in short supply. But funnily enough it seems
to be a hit, and somehow competitors are all finding somewhere to
pitch their tents. Read more...
photos and courses
and planner's routes now online.
The 2010 LAMM has started and all of the competitors are out on
A development for this year is to have all controls for all courses
plotted on the map as unlabelled circles. Once runners pick up their
controls for the day they then simply need to connect up the appropriate
circles on the map rather than having to plot the entire course
from scratch. Not only will this save everyone a bit of time, but
it will also spare the few teams that always manage to transpose
important digits in a grid reference each year from a lot of wailing
and gnashing of teeth.
In order to get the most out of the area, planner Andy Spencely
has used four different start locations, all a bus ride away from
the event centre. And not that anyone has got carried away with
the beer theme or anything, but all of the courses have been given
names (anything the Saunders can do…) after different types
of Fyne Ale, so for this weekend only, the Elite course becomes
the Vital Spark, the A course the Avelanche, the B course the Maverick,
the C course the Piper’s Gold, the D course the Highlander
and the score course the Uncommonly Fyne Ale. Read
map now available online. Some photos
from early Friday evening.
Competitors are assembling at the head of Loch Fyne, a stone’s
throw from the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. And the really good
news is – the beer has arrived.
The LAMM has built its reputation not just on a rock solid event,
but also on making the best of any quirky local features it encounters.
This year is no exception and the good news is that every competitor
who finishes will take away a special commemorative bottle of LAMM
beer, brewed by Fyne Ales on the Achadunan estate just across the
river from the Event Centre on the Ardkinglas estate. Read
The event will take place at the head of Loch Fyne.
Take the A83 road towards Inveraray and turn hard right immediately
after you cross the river at the head of the loch. You'll see a
yellow LAMM sign. Give plenty of warning as you slow down because
it is a fast road. Have a safe journey. We look forward to seeing
you from 3pm onwards. The Event Centre is here.
Please read the Final Details. There
is no accommodation available in the immediate vicinity but it would
be worth looking a little further afield at Cairndow, Inveraray
and Arrochar if you don't wish to enjoy the convivial atmosphere
on the Event Centre field. There may be very limited accommodation
offered at the LAMM Information Desk.
you drive towards the parking, you will spot a tap with a yellow
sign where you can get water if there is a queue at the tap in the
Event Centre Field. Wilf's will be serving a number of tasty
dishes from about 16:00 till late ......
Tree Shop Cafe - Only 400M from the Event Centre
A short stroll from the top of the Event Centre field will bring
you to the Tree Shop Cafe and Loch Fyne Oysters. The cafe, gift
shop and garden centre is staying open specially for us until 20:00
on Friday and the cafe team will be offering soup and pasta dishes.
Ales - Barrels of Beer, Arrochar MRT & a Special LAMM Complimentary
Bottle For Each Competitor
Mrs Tuggy Delap owns Achadunan Estate and the micro brewery at Achadunan,
just across the river from the Event Centre. She has very generously
donated 8 barrels of beer, to be consumed on Friday night and on
Sunday. After 16 years, the LAMM is back on Arrochar MRT's patch
and the team will be turning out in force. They first spotted the
LAMM in progress in its first year and have helped us ever since.
When you draw your pint of beer, we'll ask you to make a donation
to the team. We're trying to help them raise valuable funds for
a new Land Rover. Please give generously, especially on your first
Soon after you cross the finish line on Sunday, we'll
give each one of you a commemorative bottle of Fyne Ales Avalanche
beer with a specially commissioned LAMM 2010 label. Please take
these home with you and don't drink them at the event. There will
be some additional LAMM Avalanche bottles available in return for
a donation. As you drive off on Sunday, you can also drop in at
the brewery shop to purchase some more mementos of LAMM2010.
Fyne Oysters - Popular Restaurant & Farm Shop
This world renowned local business is only 400M from the Event
Centre. You'll be given a voucher at registration - 10%
off in the farm shop. Here's the restaurant menu.
Estate - Our Host and Outstanding Woodland Garden
You'll be spending much of the weekend running across the 12,000
acre Ardkinglas Estate. While you're in the area take the chance
of visiting Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens at Cairndow. Not only will
you see the tallest tree in Britain but the rhododendrons and azaleas
are at their best. Admittance fee £3.50.
A NOTE FROM OUR PLANNER
So what does a South LAMM mean to you? Perhaps running
over less interesting hills and maybe youd expect lots of
peat bog and heather; perhaps spending the day fighting though thick
.Well, dont believe any of that as
the area has some well known classic hills; enough Munros
to keep any bagger happy (and possibly even route choices that will
allow you to bag some summits); a mixture of steep rocky slopes
and faster gentler, grassy hillsides; there are steep sided glens,
that might remind you of the north-west, but youll also be
crossing wider, more open glens. And as for forests, there are some
on the map, but youll hardly touch them. You might think youll
miss looking down to of the sea lochs of the north-west highlands
as in previous years but, with the good weather weve planned
for June, the views from the high points of this area will be just
The mid-camp is very interesting. You will definitely
not be spoiled by manicured grass like at Loch Arkaig (2008) or
Glen Lyon (2007). This one is back to basics being in a much higher,
remote and rougher area - a real mountain campsite (but we do hope
to airlift in some portaloos!). Of course, starting from nearly
400m on day 2 you should have the advantage that day 2 will be all
downhill though, if you believe that, youll believe
So the only way to know what to believe is to give it a go. You
wont be disappointed.
See you Friday...
Martin Stone & the LAMM Team