As usual the prize in the Elite race is an entry
to the BAMM (the Bjorkliden Arctic MM) taking place in Arctic
Sweden on the weekend of August 17-18 this year. This is a free
entry from the BAMM organisers, with flights provided by the
LAMM. However this years Elite winners, Duncan Archer
and Jim Mann are unable to take up the prize this time (they
were second in the event last year after winning the LAMM).
The prize passed to the second place team of Chris Burn and
Francis Blunt who took 3rd position on the BAMM. Chris writes
here about their amazing weekend in the Arctic.
Once again LAMMers did a fyne (sic) job of downing
pints and handing over donations to the benefit of Arrochar
Mountain Rescue Tuggy Delap handed over £860 of
donations given by the recipients of her most excellent Fyne
Ales. Incidentally, if you want to sample some more of Tuggys
beer in a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, Fyne Ales also holds
a beer, food and music festival (this year the weekend before
the LAMM) and if you sign up to their facebook page youll
be kept abreast of developments for next year.
Finally the LAMM would like to give a special
word of thanks to Alasdair Ross, the gamekeeper from Glenkinglass
Lodge who went far beyond the call of duty to deliver Charmian
Turner and Steve Wathall on the score class back to the event
centre for us on Sunday afternoon. Although the overnight camp
was a mere 8 km as the crow flies from the finish, the round
trip by car down a 20 km unmade track and around the south end
of Loch Etive is around three and a half hours. Not only that,
but Alasdair had already been out to the road that morning,
so it was his second trip of the day. Steve explained what happened:
' I am ashamed to say that we had a really bad nav error yesterday.
We were doing fine and picked up a couple of control points
when my knee started to bother me. I put my map away and got
my poles out after taking a bearing. Unfortunately I then went
onto automatic pilot and just concentrated on putting one foot
in front of the other. We ended up back on the track near mid-camp
where the gamekeeper picked us up and gave us a cup of tea.
I just couldn't face the long climb back up and over and he
gave us a lift all the way back to Dalmally and wouldn't accept
a penny in return. That must me the worst nav error I have ever
made.' So thanks are due not only from Charmain and Steve, but
also from the whole LAMM organization, because without Alasdairs
help we would all have certainly been waiting much longer for
our last competitors to arrive back at base.
Finally, finally, dont forget that next
year is the 20th anniversary of the LAMM and there are sure
to be some special surprises in store from the connoisseurs
mountain marathon see you there.
Jon took over 2000 pictures over the weekend and they are available to view or buy from his website at www.rightplacerighttime.co.uk or like his Facebook Page and you will get a notification when they are live.