MountainMarathon.com launched a separate British Series and Championship at the beginning of 2017, however, the decision has been made to consolidate the Series and Championship into one competition that will simply be referred to as the British Mountain Marathon Championship.
Shane Ohly from Ourea Events explained, “After feedback from participants, and further discussions with the LAMM, we decided that a single Championship made up of a series of events, much like the British Fell Running Championships, was a simpler way to proceed.”
The 2017 British Championship will be decided across three Mountain Marathons, which include Marmot Dark Mountains™ (28-29th January 2017), the LAMM (3-4th June 2017), and the ROC Mountain Marathon™ (23-24th September 2017).
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The first race of the 2017 season, Marmot Dark Mountains™ has already taken place, and there are two remaining events that participants can score Championship points at.
Shane Ohly continued, “We appreciate that we were late announcing the 2017 British Mountain Marathon Championship, and Martin Stone from the LAMM and I very much see 2017 as an inaugural ‘test’ year, but we are also totally committed to the long-term future of the Championship. With Marmot Dark Mountains™ having already taken place, we have decided that participants will only need to score in two events in 2017 to count in the Championship, and we very much hope that both the LAMM and ROC Mountain Marathons will benefit from the surge in interest we have seen in Mountain Marathons since the British Mountain Marathon Championship was announced”.
The three Championship Mountain Marathons appreciate that there are currently some differences in the courses at their respective events, but have agreed to work together during 2017 to harmonise their courses, so that participants can be sure of directly comparable courses from 2018 onwards.
Martin Stone from the LAMM explains, “We want to ensure that someone racing throughout the year has a consistent experience both in terms of the difficulty of the course but also in terms of the overall quality of the event, and we shall be working together during 2017 to harmonise our courses and agree minimum quality standards”.
A more detailed Championship Scoring section is available with the rules for the 2017 British Mountain Marathon Championship.