Elite Course: Duncan Archer and Jim Mann
It was a mad dash to get to the chasing start in time, with last
minute toilet queuing, and not wanting to expose any bare flesh
to the hoards of midges until the very last minute. Once on the
move the pressure was off slightly today, with a 40+ minute lead
in the chase, but we still went fairly briskly just to be sure.
All the navigation was fine, and thankfully the cloud didn't descend
to complicate things (although we did take one 'round' route to
avoid going over the misty tops). We had the company of a pack of
10 deer for the first third of the course. The end of the course
finished with a great descent down a long ridge, and then the final
couple of controls with grins on our faces and a feeling of satisfying
exhaustion. Thanks to all the organising team.
A Course: Andy Fallas and Helen Bonsor
After enjoying a good run on Saturday, it wasn't only the chasing
start that put the pressure on to get a quick get away, but the
clouds of thick midges at the mid-camp - as one of the marshalls
put it, prime feeding time for the scottish midge! Lots of climbing
again in todays route which we enjoyed, including an airy scramble
onto the main Ben Cruachan ridge. We were pleased with our route
choices, and glad of the ascent up to the ben cruachan ridge after
a lot of contouring in mist. We lost a few minutes trying to find
checkpoint 4 which we over-shot, and had to descend slightly to
find in the re-entrant. There were then a few quick glances over
our shoulders to see if any of our other competitors in the chasing
start were in sight. Luckily not, or not that we saw! Nice ridge
run, and then a long descent towards the last few check points.
Really enjoyed the route - a huge thanks to all those involved in
B Course: Ben Rowley and Tom Rowley
Friday night terrible forecast, rain and cloud, arrived to scottish
'mist.' Excited already.
Saturday morning, sunny, bright blue sky what could we ask for?
Mystrey bus journey, very hot above victoria bridge, with fast running
over munros - with great views. Still too hot, one more munro to
go, mid camp in sight. Nice grassy campsie, playing the game of
the higher you camp the less you get biten
Sunday morning, racing in light cloud, good going, feeling better
today! last murno, with a nice glacing view of event centre just
before the summit. Fast running down, and a lovely surprise to find
we're the first back. Wilfs are back - awesome food to end an awesome
D Course: Mick James and Sam Guest
After Sam had climbed his second munro ever it was a big ask to
get him out in the hills for a second day, but he got his head down
and ground out the hills.
Nice to have a cooler day today and nice to get a bit of mist and
cloud so we could hide from the chasing pack. Didn't see anyone
all day though and enjoyed the views, especially at the end.
Great to finish and get some food - many thanks to all the marshals
for giving up their time - another fantastic event.
Normally on a Sunday my day consists of getting out of bed at 10,
never did I think I would be able to complete the LAMM in that time.
aching all over and covered in midge bites but thoroughly enjoyed
the experience. thank you to Mick, the marshalls, the organisers
and all involved.
Score Course: Kenny Leitch & Keith Masson
The decision was east for lots of choice, less climb and many low
point controls....or SW into the big mountains for big points. A
quick comparison of points and a check of the string to make sure
the SW route was doable and we were committed. We decided to go
for the 10 pointer on the col as our first as there was a path all
the way....unfortunately, any path that was once there had long
since gone, so immediately we felt under time pressure (this is
the extra dimension that comes with the Score!). Before we got to
no.1, we worked out we needed 1 hour from Beinn a' Bhuiridh to the
finish and an hour for each of the legs before that. So we had a
clear marker for where we needed to be 3 hours in...
...we were 13 minutes over when we got there and now faced the leg
we'd been dreading - 1.5km and 700m climb. This took us 1:01, so
we were now 14 minutes behind schedule but knew we could catch up
a little on the next leg. The 150m climb at the end of the leg was
torture, making it around 2,000m for the day. We did pull some time
back though, and now had 53 minutes to get back. We ran hard down
the ridge, trying to find good going to get some advantage from
the 850m descent. A final push along the track to the finish brought
us in just under 7 minutes late, sneaking inside our 1 hour estimate
from Beinn a' Bhuiridh, with exactly 59:59!
We thought that would have been good enough and we were delighted
to win. It's 23 years since we did our first MM together and it's
great to still be competing. Big thanks to Martin, Angela and Andy
for another excellent event.