LAMM 2018 - EVENT DETAILS

See Final Details for a Detailed Description of Travel and Before/After The Event

AT REGISTRATION, LOOK FOR THE DESK SHOWING YOUR FIRST TEAM MEMBER'S SURNAME (AS ON THE ENTRY LIST). YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW A TEAM NUMBER.

INDEMNITY FORM
Each team must complete one of these forms and hand it in at registration. You will also find the form on tables near to registration. Please save yourself time and hassle by downloading and printing one from here.

PARENTAL CONSENT FORM
If you are under 18 on 1st June 2018, you must ask a parent or guardian to complete this form and hand it in at registration. These will also be available from the Information Desk. If you come to the event without without a parent or guardian you must bring the completed form with you otherwise I'm afraid you won't be able to take part.

TEAM CHANGES
Please make any team changes online before you come to the event by clicking on EDIT MY ENTRY. The last chance to enter the LAMM or make changes online is 23:59 on Wednesday 30th May. This will help us considerably with the smooth running of the event. Report any even later changes to the Information Desk at registration.

LAMM 2018 TEES WITH OUR ICONIC DESIGN
If you haven't yet ordered your LAMM tee, now is the time. For more information, please click here.

LAMM BEER - RAISING MONEY FOR OUR MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS
In 2010 you may remember that a LAMMer was seriously injured on the Sunday and Arrochar Team saved his life. We will be providing real ale from Skye Ales at Uig on Skye, the closest microbrewery to Tarbert. You can purchase beer on Thursday and Saturday evenings in the Tarbert Community Hall. It will be £3.00 a pint but you can donate more if you wish and ALL this money will go directly to the Hebrides and Arrochar Mountain Rescue Teams who will be supporting us at the event. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY. Other soft drinks can be purchased from Wilfs on Thursday evening.

COURSE DISTANCES/ASCENT
These statistics are based on route choices by our planner, Angela Mudge.

Course
Friday
Saturday
E
42km 2,220m 32km 2,100m
A
32km 1,900m 26km 1,900m
B
25km 1,500m 24km 1,500m (day one shorter to allow for longer day 2)
C
24km 1,300m 20km 1000m
D
20km 1,000m 18km 900m
SCORE
7 Hours 7 Hours

 

COMPULSORY TEAM KIT

  • 2 person tent with a sewn-in ground sheet. Tents may be hooped bivi's but must have poles/hoops.
  • 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).

COMPULSORY INDIVIDUAL KIT

  • Compass & whistle, map, pencil & paper
  • Torch (not penlight) with spare bulb & 6 hours light. A torch with multiple LEDs is fine
  • Sleeping bag or Blizzard Pack
  • Survival Bag
  • Waterproof cagoule with hood (not a windproof) and overtrousers (these can be showerproof)
  • Hat & gloves
  • Tracksters/thermal bottoms (lycra tights OK if weather forecast is good)
  • Thermal vest or similar and warm thicker top
  • Hill food for each day with a small amount of emergency rations to remain at the end of day 2
  • Please carry some money with you (a note) in case you get stranded miles from the Event Centre

A Goretex bivi bag may be used as a sleeping bag but not as a tent. The survival bag must be a bag rather than a blanket. An example of a specialist lightweight product is Adventure Medical Kits Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy (100gram).

Footwear must be lightweight boots, fell running or orienteering shoes - no flat-soled trainers permitted. Trail shoes 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 shoes manufactured Inov-8, PB, Salomon and New Balance.

The midges WILL be quite annoying if it is humid or still. We strongly recommend that you bring some insect repellent or a net.

Teams should be prepared for random kit checks on arrival at the midway camp and at the end of the event. We will expect to see your rubbish.

FORBIDDEN KIT: You may record a GPS track on your watch but you may not use any device to show your current location either on a map or as a grid reference. Altimeters are allowed.

LAMM SHOP - GAS CANISTERS
Rick & Angie Houghton, former owners of Compass Point, will be in attendance selling last minute essential MM items such as Gas, whistles, survival bags, midge hoods and repellants. Compasses, food & cutlery. Lightweight sleep mats. If you are flying to the event and you need to order gas canisters for your cooker, please email rick.houghton247@gmail.com to discuss.

THE ORIGINAL WILFS EVENT CATERING who supported us at the LAMM for many years are coming all the way from Cumbria to provide a variety of food for purchase on Thursday evening in Tarbert Community Hall from midday. See the menu here. On Friday morning, cereal and bacon rolls will be on the menu from 06:00. The Community Hall is in the centre of the village, about 100m from the Ferry Terminal and a 10 minute walk from the camping field. There will be live music by local players and a bar from 17:00 on both Thursday and Saturday evenings. Wilfs will provide a meal (included in the entry fee) for each competitor on Saturday at the end of the event in the school canteen and sports hall.

REGISTRATION will be in Tarbert Community Hall and be open from 14:00 - 23:30 on Thursday and from 07:00 - 08:30 on Friday. We only require ONE team member to visit registration, however any SI-Cards of your own that the team is using must be brought to Registration so we can check the number is correct. At registration you will collect your tee shirts, receive your TWO SI-Cards and wriststraps, 2 LAMM car stickers and 2 pairs of foot shaped SIDAS plastic bags. The Information Desk will provide your Friday start time and allow you to register any VERY LATE team/course changes. You will be given a START CARD with an allocated Assembly Time for Friday morning. If you are slow team or an Elite team please ask to start early and if you are a fast team, please ask to start late.

CAR PARKING FOR THURSDAY REGISTRATION & SATURDAY EVENING/SUNDAY
Parking is limited in the village. If there is space you can park in the village car park opposite the Community Hall (but no overnight stops). You can also park in the Distillery car park on Thursday evening and from Saturday evening through to Sunday evening. This is only a few minutes walk from the Community Hall. Please don't park in the Distillery car park on Monday - Saturday during normal opening hours as the car park is required by hundreds of visitors.

CAMPING ON THURSDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS
When you arrive at Tarbert, if you don't have a car, you can pitch a small tent on the football field beside Sir E Scott School from 11:00. The field is only 10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal and Community Hall. The field is only 100M x 70M so camping will be cosy and we will be managing the area carefully. There are 2 water taps on the outside walls of the school buildings, facing the football field. There is no access inside the school buildings until you return at the end of the event. You are welcome to leave a tent up on the camping field throughout the event. If you don't have a second tent, a rucksack can be left in a shed between the field and the school building and we will provide baggage labels.

If you have a car on the island and you need to camp before/after the event, we would like you to use the very nice site at Horgabost, about 10 miles south of Tarbert. If you have a camper van you could also stay at Horgabost, but there is also plenty of hard standing on the outskirts of the village in all directions.

CAR PARKING DURING THE EVENT
You MUST NOT park in the main school car park, the Distillery car park or the Harris Hotel Car Park unless instructed to do so. We will provide parking close to Sir E Scott School for the duration of Friday and Saturday. You can park there on Friday morning and leave vehicles until Saturday evening but please don't sleep there in your vans on Saturday night as a mark of respect to local householders.

START TIMES ON FRIDAY MORNING
Late registration will be open from 07:00 - 08:30 in the Community Hall. Assembly times are between 07:20 - 09:00 for all courses on the tarmac right next to the camping field. Please don't come along early. At the start enter the taped area corresponding to your course. The description sheet is waterproof paper and 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. Except on the Score Course, all checkpoints must be visited in the order shown on the sheet

THE MIDCAMP
This year, the midcamp is another awesome, wild location with a nice flat camping area. Those teams arriving later could need to camp on rougher ground and if we have rain before the event, it could be soggy underfoot. If you are in any doubt about the quality of your groundsheet, please consider bringing a thin plastic sheet to place under your tent.

  • NO LITTER, CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT WHATSOEVER is to be left behind when you leave as it will be quite difficult for us to litter sweep every location used for a tent. Be vigilant. If your neighbour leaves litter, please mention it to them!
  • We have explored every reasonable option but it is not possible to provide portaloos at the midcamp as there is no access for vehicles. We will be constructing slit trenches and providing barrier material. There is to be no Al Fresco crapping anywhere within 2KM of the midcamp
  • Take your water from the nearby stream upstream of the tape that we will place across it. Please don't wash in it or pollute it in any way upstream or near where people are collecting water. Be aware that the water level is low at the moment. If you are in any doubt about water quality, you should carry enough gas to boil or purify it. There is also a river 500M from the camp which can be used.

SATURDAY MORNING STARTS
The start regime for the Saturday morning will be flexible. Chasing Start times for the leading teams on Elite, A, B, C and D courses will be displayed near the results by 20:00 on Saturday. The Chasing Start will begin at 07:00 and will last for 90 minutes. If you are not on the Chasing Start list you may start anytime from 07:30 onwards until 08:30. 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.

Any teams taking more than 9 hours to complete Day 1 or who are leaving the Hebrides on Saturday afternoon will be given the opportunity of starting at any time from 06:00. Please come to the Download Tent when you are ready to start. Please don't abuse this offer and try and start early just because you can't sleep!

On Saturday morning there is NO Chasing Start for the Score course and you may start at anytime from 07:00 - 08:00. You will receive the description sheet for all Saturday controls which shows score values. Please don't all come at once as we would like there to be a small gap between each team. We suggest that the inexperienced teams who may overshoot the 7 hours and those who have a chance of winning a prize should start early. If you are likely to be a prize winner, please don't finish after 15:30!

Teams that retire or are disqualified on Day 1 are very welcome to start Day 2 and we don't need to be informed about this. If your partner pulls out and you would like a new team mate to join you for Day 2, come to the Download Tent anytime from 06:00 and we'll try to help you form a new team. Teams will start from a taped area close to the mid-camp and those that are not in the Chasing Start will use their SI-Card to record their start time. Competitors will receive course description sheets just after they start.

SATURDAY COURSES CLOSE AT 17:00. YOU MUST BE BACK BY THEN
THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS CLOSE AT 18:00

THE FINISH ON SATURDAY
This is on a corner of the camping field beside the school. Follow a taped route to the school buildings where you will download and hand in your SI-Cards in the sports hall. You may be asked to remove muddy shoes. Wilfs will provide a post race meal in the school canteen and sports hall. You can use the loos in the school but I'm afraid there will be limited water for showers. Tarbert Leisure Centre is part of the school complex and is open from 14:00 - 18:00 and a swim/shower is £4. You are welcome to use of it but a word of caution that the school and Leisure Centre share water for showers!

PRIZEGIVING
This will take place on the school premises at 16:00. Prizes will be awarded to the first 4 teams on each course, first mixed and first women's team in each class.
We will also provide a small prize for each Junior aged under 18 who completes a course. There are also prizes for the teams with most LAMM appearances. We are very grateful to inov-8 for supporting the event. We only provide one prize per person so that the prizes can trickle down to more teams.

A Veteran's Handicap prize will be awarded on each course. Both members must be at least 45 on Friday 1st June. To calculate the handicap, ten years is added to the age of women and then the greater of the team’s two ages is used as the handicap age. The handicap percentage is then calculated as 1% for every year over 45. Times on linear courses are reduced by the handicap and scores on the score course are increased by the handicap.

POT 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.

RETIREMENTS
Should you retire, please goto the midcamp or return to the Camping Field at Tarbert. If you retire on the camping field before Saturday 10am, please follow the taped route from the seaward end of the field, along the edge of the field to the school end of the field. Please dip your SI-Card in the station marked RETIREMENTS which you will find in a cardboard box marked RETIREMENTS located on a table under a popup tent. Then place your hired SI-Card in the box. Please leave a note if you have your own SI-Card. At all other times, please report to the download. THIS IS THE GOLDEN RULE AND MUST BE ADHERED TO WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Failure to follow this procedure will 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.

ACCIDENTS
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, 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.

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER
This is printed on the control descriptions and should only be used in extremis. Rescue facilities are only available to deal with potentially life-threatening situations. An emergency medical kit is available on Saturday at the midcamp and on Sunday back at the Event Centre.

OVERPRINTED MAP
Each team will receive 2 maps, approx. size (80cm x 60cm) 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. The map has control circles for all controls overprinted on it. From the grid references on your Control Descriptions, you will be able to identify the control circles for your course. For the Score Course, the values of the controls will also be printed on the Control Descriptions which you will receive as you start.

A word of warning, with the map based on the OS 1:50,000, not all crags are marked accurately and some small streams are not marked, so be wary of using these features for fine navigation. Just remember it is not a purpose made orienteering map, but a map for travelling through mountains and gives you exactly the information you need for the LAMM.

If you haven't already purchased laminated maps with your entry, these can be purchased at Registration - price £3 each. For those whose maps are not laminated, map bags sized 60cm x 45cm will be available for purchase at registration. Plain maps are not waterproof so please ensure that you take a large enough map bag with you and if the weather is really bad we suggest that you save one map for use on the second day. After the event is over, any remaining LAMM maps will be available at the LAMM shop.

VISITING CONTROLS
Pairs must stay within visual and verbal contact of each other and BOTH MEMBERS MUST VISIT EACH CONTROL CARRYING THEIR EVENT RUCKSACK. Controls 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 2-digit identification code on each SPORTident station to ensure that you have visited the correct one for your course. If you think the station is not working, please note or memorise the 3 letter word written on the station. 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.

USING A SPORTident SI-Card - CONTACTLESS PUNCHING IS ENABLED FOR SIACS
If you are using your own SIAC, you can punch contactlessly. If you visit a control that has not been visited for two hours, you will need to dip your SIAC in the beacon to wake it up and your SIAC will then beep/flash.

Each competitor will carry an SI-Card and both members must punch at each checkpoint. Failure to punch by either team member at any checkpoint will lead to disqualification. Each team member must visit registration to either receive a hire SI-Card or to present their own card so that we can confirm the card number. SI-Cards will be attached loosely to your wrist using a tamper proof wrist strap. This will remain attached all weekend and will be cut off you either when you finish or if you retire. If you lose the SI-Card or don't hand it in the charge will be £30.00. If you break your SI-Card the charge will be £15. 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 in the correct order on any course other than Score Course. Ensure that the station is NOT upside down when you insert the SI Card. If you are using a traditional SI-Card the station should beep/flash and if you are using a SIAC, the card will beep/flash.

ROUTE GADGET
As the competitors are setting off on Friday and on Saturday we will display our map on the website showing all control sites and the routes for the day. Folk back home will be able to see the magnificent LAMM area. By the time you arrive home on Sunday evening we hope to have loaded all your results into Route Gadget. Please make an effort to visit the Route Gadget web page where you will be able to add your routes to the map and compare them with those of other teams. The
routes are automatically linked with your SPORTident data and you will be able to replay the event.

LEADERS ON COURSES WILL HELP TO WRITE THE LAMM WEBCAST
This year we will again pull out all the stops to keep those at home informed about the LAMM during the weekend. At the end of each day top teams on courses will be asked to step into a "room" or maybe a shed or a tent where we will have a few laptops setup. We would like them to write a paragraph or two about their experiences of the day. Please write whatever springs to mind and we think that this will help to make the reportage from the event come alive. Jon Brooke will be taking digital photographs out on the course and writing about the event as it unfolds. He will compile a section of the LAMM webcast that contains the competitor's stories of the day and pictures of each team. If any other team has the urge to tell the world about their day on the Scottish hills there will be space. Its a flexible arrangement so we'll just see what happens…..

THE LAMM WEBCAST
We may be living in a technologically advanced age but the Scottish Highlands still present significant communications problems and this year it will be especially difficult to provide updates from the midcamp. However we will try to not disappoint. Those with access to the Internet on Thursday night will be able to see something of significant interest from 18:00! We aim to upload photographs and reports on Thursday evening, Friday morning by 10:30, Friday evening by 22:00, Saturday morning by 10:00 and Saturday evening by 20:00. We will also display the courses each day after the competitors have started and upload photographs of each of the prize winners. Results will also be displayed at the end of each day showing overall positions on each course and also split times between each checkpoint. Andrew Leaney from SPORTident UK will also be processing results and acting as our webmaster for the weekend.

DISPLAYING YOUR PHOTOS
After the event is over, please send us some digital photographs that you've taken during the event. The photos will be displayed on the website. Please only send a maximum of 2 of your very best photos and no bigger than 0.8MB. Email them to andrew.leaney@sportident.co.uk. You can see the photo gallery of previous events here.

WHILE COMPETING
Please remember not to touch any deer calves, even if they appear to be distressed as the mother will often reject them if human scent is detected. Also try to avoid stepping on nests of baby grouse - the estates get annoyed. 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. Carry all your rubbish back to the Event Centre on Sunday and be prepared to show it during a kit check.

 

 

 

 

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