The inaugural year of the British Mountain Championship has concluded, and we would like to offer huge congratulations to the various winners listed below. Well done everyone! This update focuses on the results for 2017, and a further update about the 2018 Championship will be published soon – have you already entered Marmot Dark Mountains (27-28th January)?
- Chris Barnes & Muir Morton
Muir Morton & Chris Barnes finishing the LAMM ©Jon Brooke
The overall British Mountain Marathon Championship was decided on the Elite Courses, with the best of two results to count. Racing together Chris Barnes and Muir Morton finished 2nd at Marmot Dark Mountains™ and 5th at the LAMM to secure the overall win. Unfortunately, no female competitors completed two elite mountain marathon courses in 2017, and we certainly hope that this will not be the case in 2018… come on ladies!
A Course Champions
- Hannah Moulton
- Chris Jones
Hannah Moulton and Chris Jones at the LAMM 2017 finish ©Jon Brooke
Competing as a Mixed Pair, Chris and Hannah finished 3rd overall at Marmot Dark Mountains™ and 4th Overall at the ROC Mountain Marathon™. In both cases, they were also the first Mixed Pair on the A Course.
B Course Champions
- Fiona Taylor & Laura Frowen
- Daniel Carrivick & Jonathan Carrivick
Fiona Taylor & Laura Frowen at the 2017 ROC Mountain Marathon ©Steve Ashworth
Daniel & Jonathan Carrivick at the LAMM ©Jon Brooke
Brothers Daniel and Jonathan Carrivick were 2nd overall at the LAMM, and then finished 1st overall at the ROC Mountain Marathon™ to secure victory on the B Course. Also competing as a pair throughout the 2017 series were Fiona Taylor and Laura Frowen, who finished 7th overall and 1st Female Team at both Marmot Dark Mountains™ and the ROC Mountain Marathon.
C Course Champions
- Rachael Gooch
- Tom Snow and Joe Kingdon
Tom Snow at Marmot Dark Mountains 2017 ©iancorless.com
Rachael Gooch is the only veteran (male or female) to achieve an overall win in our linear courses. Rachael was 25th overall at the LAMM (4th Mixed Vet team) and then 15th overall at the ROC Mountain Marathon™ (and 1st Female Vet). Tom Snow and Joe Kingdon deserve special mention, because they are not only the C Course Champions, but also the U19 Champions with a 3rd overall at Marmot Dark Mountains™ and then a 2nd overall at the ROC Mountain Marathon.
There was some fantastic competition in the two Score categories with points and seconds counting at the ROC Mountain Marathon™, and the overall win possible for approximately a dozen different runners, both male and female, on the two courses. Certainly, this increased the sense of competition and added excitement as is part of our longer-term vision of the British Championships.
Long Score Champions
- Sue Richmond
- Ian Jones
Sue Richmond & Geoff Briggs finishing the LAMM ©Jon Brooke
Racing with Jeff Powell Davies, Ian Jones completed an overall win at Marmot Dark Mountains™, before returning as a Solo Male Vet for the ROC Mountain Marathon™ and finishing 3rd overall (1st Male Vet) to secure Long Score victory. Sue Richmond had a solid year with a 2nd overall (1st Mixed Vet) at Marmot Dark Mountains™, 10th overall (2nd Mixed Vet) at the LAMM, and then 16th overall (2nd Mixed Vet) at the ROC Mountain Marathon™.
Short Score Champions
- Ellie Salisbury
- David Wilson
Ellie with her partner Adrian at SIMM 2017
Ben & David Wilson at the LAMM 2017 ©Jon Brooke
Racing with his brother Peter, David Wilson finished 8th overall (2nd Male Vets) at Marmot Dark Mountains™, and then 8th again at the ROC Mountain Mountain™, but this time racing with his son Ben. Racing with her partner Adrian Moir, Ellie Salisbury secured her Short Score Championship win with a 4th overall (1st Mixed Vets) at Marmot Dark Mountains™, and then 38th Overall (1st Mixed Super Vets) at the ROC Mountain Marathon™.
The British Championship has both a Long and Short Score category, but the LAMM only has a ‘Score’ course, which presented a problem of harmonising the Score results. The decision in 2017 was to allocate the Score result from the LAMM into either the Short or Long Score results in the British Championship depending on whether the runner had a counting score from the Long or Short Courses at the other events. We think this worked adequately for 2017, but as always we welcome feedback from the participants.
No teams completed any events in the U21, U20 and U19 categories. However, as mentioned above, Tom Snow and Joe Kingdon had a rock-solid year in the C Course category to secure an overall C Course win AND the U18 British Championship. Congratulations; it’ll be exciting to watch their progress in the B Course Category in 2018.
Joe Kingdon & Tom Snow taking a day off from Mountain Marathons
U18 British Champions
- Tom Snow and Joe Kingdon
It is worth noting that there were no female participants in the Youth Championship and this is certainly something to focus on in 2018.
News about the 2018 Championship will be published soon. Meanwhile, don’t miss out on an entry to Marmot Dark Mountains (27-28th January) before the price goes up!