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Prizegiving, Fizz and Cake in the Sun!
This year’s LAMM was held in magnificent scenery,
and in the main the weather showed it off at its best. The rain
and cloud did not come down until late afternoon on Day 1 and
Day 2 was warm and sunny from the morning to the prize giving
outside the marquee.
Being the 20th anniversary this was a bit special so everyone
had a slice of the birthday cake and corks were popped as 24 bottles
of sparkling wine. The success of the LAMM was toasted with 200
little cups of sparkling wine. Many photographs were taken of
competitors and helpers who had been at the first LAMM. Event
organiser Martin Stone gave heartfelt thanks to all who had been
involved in LAMMs past and present.
It always seems to be sunny weather at the prize giving and
this was no exception. Martin is always lucky. Within an hour
and a half it was raining heavily.
Live Music On Friday Evening
An innovation this year was music in the marquee on Friday night.
Sometime classical clarinettist Martin Stone signed up an excellent
Glen Carron based rhythm and blues outfit called Four in
a Bar - quite unseen and unheard. They played some great
Sonny Boy Williamson and greatly helped the sale of Plockton Hitched
beer (£1000 was raised for Arrochar MRT). Unfortunately
David Johnstone, our Event Centre Manager, moved their stage to
a spot adjacent to registration. He had forgotten that his wife
was on the other side of the partition trying to sell Tshirts.
Not only did this make it difficult for her to converse with customers
but her preference is for quieter unamplified folk music. As a
penance, David was sentenced to 4 hours on late night car parking
Serious injuries have been very few in the LAMM. The
most serious by far was in 2010 at Loch Fyne. Martin Potter and
Rob Latimer were nearing the end of their course on Day2 and fell
down a rocky ghyll. Despite his injuries Rob managed to reach
the finish and raise the alarm. The Arrochar Mountain Rescue immediately
sprang into action and very soon they were both their way to hospital.
Rob’s stay was not so long but Martin’s injuries were
extensive and he had a stay of several weeks. The happy ending
of this story is that both Martin and Rob have now made a great
recovery after many months of treatment, convalescence and rehabilitation.
Rob returned to compete with a different partner in the B Class
in last year’s LAMM. This year they renewed their old partnership
and Martin even stepped to take part in the B Class and they had
a great weekend.
Arrochar MRT To The Rescue
Here is an email just received from competitor Anne Plenderleith
- Could you pass on my thanks to Arrochar Mountain Rescue
for their help on Sunday. Also to everyone who expressed their
concern and offered to help, subsequently informing Mountain Rescue
about me as I hobbled along the Ling path. Its good to know
how kind LAMM competitors are. I have in fact broken my ankle,
currently on crutches, non weightbearing..... Better luck next
year. Her husband Louie dashed over at the end of the
prizegiving to confirm that they were safely off the hill and
to join the celebrations as a participant from 20 years ago.
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
This years LAMM piper arrived in car with a German number
plate and all the way from Jena. Chunky Liston's parents live
just near the C/D/S start. Chunky played out the runners on Day
1 and turned up at the Coulin Midcamp at 5am for the traditional
waking of the competitors. He writes some of his own material
and plays gentler laments and lullabies and less of the more raucous
rousing tunes we associate with the pipes like Scotland the Brave.
These seemed particularly suited to the remote glen of the midway
camp. Mind you, Chunky had to be brave wearing his kilt. You should
have seen the dozens of midge bites on his legs. A few years ago,
Chunky and our planner Angela won the 8 stage Trans Alpine Run.
Throughout the weekend, Chunky showed his versatility by collecting
Chunkys parents threw their house open to the LAMM and
had a gaggle of helpers staying with them. Their hospitality was
remarkable and so vital to the smooth running of the event. Many
There seemed to be quite a few shoe failures this year.
A steady trail of runners came to the tent at the overnight camp
asking whether Compasspoint might helicopter in a pair of replacements.
They had to make do the communal roll of duct tape and wandered
off with bound feet. Martin and Debbie lent a couple of pairs
of their running shoes to unfortunates whose shoes were disintegrating.
Pleased to say that both pairs got round Day 2. The grateful recipient
of Martins said they were the most comfortable and at the
same time the most dangerously slippy ones he had ever run in.
They are now residing in a waste transfer station on Skye.
Mediterranean Mountain Marathoners
Regular LAMMers and former Carnethy members Ana and Ramon flew
from Madrid in to compete in the D. From the other end of the
Med were a mysterious team from Cyprus we have not yet been able
to identify. The locals had them under surveillance because they
were spotted playing golf at the local course and eating in the
Spontly and The Distractions of Competition
Jim Mann, the inventor of the Spontly system the LAMM
is using that allows competitors to stream their photos taken
during the event, won the Elite for the 3rd time with his partner
Duncan Archer. Jim was concentrating so hard on the competition
that he didn't mention Spontly once all weekend! Poor mobile coverage
in the mountains and battery limitations in phones have made it
quite a challenge for competitors to upload their photos.
More Swedish influence
A couple of Swedes were amongst the last to finish in
Saturday nights rain. Changing out of his wet gear in the
Finish tent he asked a girl in tent entrance to look away. He
promptly whipped off his bottoms to reveal the entire Swedish
crown jewels before pulling on dry replacements. I asked him why
he was being so modest when in Sweden they have mixed showers
at orienteering events. Ah, he said, That is
in Sweden. Now we are in Britain. Very culturally aware,
There seemed to be quite a few Swedes competing this year. Perhaps
this is not surprising. Gerry Charnley who organised the
first mountain marathon in the UK was in 1967 stole the idea from
Sweden. This first event was the Karrimor (now OMM). From the
outset there were competitors from Scandinavia. Top orienteer
Stig Berg he ran with British partners introducing them to the
latest lightweight kit and high standards of navigation. This
led to a rapid improvement in the standards of the home-grown
competitors. In the early days of orienteering the event toilets
were nowhere near the standard of the plastic cubicles provided
by Heilan Loos at this year’s event were of a very makeshift
and crude variety. This resulted in one of Gerry’s less
successful Scandinavian imports. These were some portable toilets
he had seen at an event over there. Basically they were plastic
lined card boxes with an appropriate sized hole in the top. Now
what might work in a dry sunlit Swedish was not the same in rain
sodden Britain. When the cardboard thunder boxes became wet they
lost all of their structural strength and the result is too sordid
and squalid to mention to squeamish mountain marathoners who might
be reading this.
My only foray onto hills was on Monday to collect controls. In
magnificent sunshine I had my lunch at the top of Fuar Tholl and
enjoyed the magnificent scenery all around me. It was only then
that I fully understood what the competitors had experienced and
how lucky they were. I told the organiser, Martin Stone, that
he should take a break from the stresses of organising and get
back to where it all began for him crossing big hills and
setting Munros records. It has been a great 20th Anniversary
LAMM, one of the best. See you all again next year and please
tell all your friends that they missed a really good weekend.
This year was just a dress rehearsal for our 21st Anniversary