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The Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon

LAMM 2006 - Update 3
Saturday 10th June 2006

Location is 4¾ Hrs Drive North of Glasgow/Edinburgh, 1¾ Hrs Drive from Inverness!

Dear LAMMers

This newsletter contains the following topics:

  • NEW - Outdoor Industry Mountain Marathon Championships
  • University Mountain Marathon Championships
  • A Note from our planner, Andy Spenceley, to whet your appetite

Now less than a week to go until the13th Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon. This is the largest mountain event that has ever taken place so far north in the British Isles. Quite amazing that so many of you have committed to the long journey north. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the good weather is still around next weekend. The location is a fine gem, in keeping with the Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon! Final Details are now available here.

Our planner for 2006 is Andy Spenceley, well known to MMers and fell runners alike. We're very pleased that Angela Mudge is returning again as our controller.

NEW - Outdoor Industry Mountain Marathon Championships - NEW
Lowe Alpine is throwing the gauntlet down and is proud to sponsor the first Outdoor Industry Mountain Marathon Championships. To Qualify, at least one team member must be in full time employment within the Outdoor Industry as a retailer or manufacturer/distributor. If your team qualifies, then this is the competition for you! Once you have entered the LAMM you can fill in your details on the Outdoor MM Champs. web page. You need to nominate your company or companies when you register. The winning team will be presented with an identical pair of "unique" and "novel" engraved trophies at the LAMM prize-giving. We're sure your company or companies will be proud to display the trophies in a prominent place for the following 12 months! This competition runs in parallel with the LAMM and will not effect your overall standing in the main event. The results will be based on a calculation that allows you to compete on your usual course. You don't need to enter one specific course in order to qualify for the championships.

University Mountain Marathon Championships
Very similar to the Outdoor Industry champs. described above and run successfully with 20 teams last year.

This area really has everything. Mountains of over 3000ft (and some impressive smaller ones); high, open moorland; deep and steep glens; lots of crags and, once away from the event centre, feels (and is) very remote with the only access being a few stalkers paths. There is the usual variety of terrain you have come to expect on the LAMM: lots of rock, boulder covered ridges and other rough going such as some deep heather and peat hags (just in case you are more used to running in other mountain marathons!). However, don't despair, as there is lots of surprisingly fast running, grassy, wide open areas, open hill sides etc mixed in with the more complex, rough stuff - you just have to remember to slow down to find the controls!

On the map are some amazing and fairly well known natural features to watch for (some courses have been planned to give the best opportunities to see these, so if you're not out to win keep your eyes open) and, depending on the weather, the views are spectacular.Also, keep your eyes open for the wildlife - herds of deer, golden eagles, dippers and if you are as lucky as the planner, otters (the planner had a very close encounter with one when checking control sites).

So far, I've not mentioned the overnight camp-site. This year it is one of the most spectacular yet. If the weather is good, it'll be special and memorable. Saying more might give it away. Its everything you should expect at the Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon!

Need More Information About the LAMM?
Please take a look at all the online 2004 and 2005 information - Event Details & Final Details, Best Routes & Results, Control Descriptions, Galleries and Reports/Feedback from Glencarron and Isle of Mull. This should give you a flavour of the event and help you to choose the best course for your team.

The LAMM Team looks forward to meeting you all again on Friday 16th June 2006. Don't miss out on it or you may regret it later!

All the best

Martin Stone
LAMM Organiser

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Route planning above Loch Duich

The clouds over mid camp

Racing together - the spirit of the event

Lowe Alpine Mourne Mountain Marathon