With Marmot Dark Mountains, the first event of the 2018 British Mountain Marathon Championship this weekend, now is the time to confirm some changes that have been agreed to the scoring and rules, which will take immediate effect.
First, we would like to thank all of the participants who took the time to provide feedback after the 2017 British Mountain Marathon Championship. This feedback is appreciated and to be frank, Martin Stone (LAMM) and Shane Ohly (MDM & ROC) have dissected these comments forensically with a view to building a fair and sustainable set of regulations for the Championship.
The changes are as follows:
Youth & Senior Championship: Mixed Teams Scoring
Points will be awarded to individual participants per gender, regardless of whether they are competing as a solo participant, as a same-sex pair or a mixed pair in the British Mountain Marathon Championship from 2018 onwards. This means that the first male or female on each course (regardless of whether they are competing as a solo, same gender pair or mixed gender pair) will get 52 points, the second male or female 49 points etc…
Youth Championship: Age Eligibility
The eligibility in terms of age is determined by the participant’s age on the 31st December 2017. For example:
- U21 British Championship = If you were aged 21 or under on on the 31st December 2017 you are eligible to compete in the U21 category during 2018
- U20 British Championship = If you were aged 20 or under on on the 31st December 2017 you are eligible to compete in the U20 category during 2018
- U19 British Championship = If you were aged 19 or under on on the 31st December 2017 you are eligible to compete in the U19 category during 2018
- U18 British Championship = If you were aged 16-18 on on the 31st December 2017 you are eligible to compete in the U18 category during 2018
The U18 category is for 16-18 year olds and may be subject to additional organisers’ vetting of the participants if they are aged 16-17 when the race happens. See each event website for details.
Youth Championship: Scoring
Just like the Senior Championship, points will be awarded to individual participants per gender, regardless of whether they are competing as a solo participant, as a same-sex pair or a mixed pair. This allows people to mix and match how they compete across the events. For example, the first male or female U18 on the C Course gets 52 points, the second male or female U18 on the C Course gets 49 points etc.…
There is currently no separate Veteran Championship and we are keeping this under view through 2018 as we know the veteran categories are popular. We have a longer-term vision to incorporate the Veteran Handicap system already used at the LAMM and other mountain Marathons to determine a British Mountain Marathon Veteran Champion. As a step towards this goal Marmot Dark Mountains, LAMM and ROC have unified their categorisation of a veteran participant to someone aged 45+.
Sportident Results Automation
Sportident are finalising a new British Mountain Marathon Championship results service that will automatically and instantly create the Championship results across all three events, as a participant downloads at the end of a race. This won’t be evident until the LAMM takes place in June when there will be two sets of results to view. The results are calculated based on a complex algorithm that has been devised by SportIdent based on the British Mountain Marathon Championship rules.
Entering using SiEntries
This fantastic new results services will only work if each participant is identified by their unique SiEntries ID. Please note the following:
- Please ensure that both participants are registered to use SiEntries. If one participant has not registered, please ask them to do so by visiting www.sientries.co.uk.
- When entering into any event that is part of the British Mountain Marathon Championship, the unique SiEntries ID (not the same as their SI-Card number) must be used for each participant.
- Knowing the SiEntries ID, surname and postcode of a participant, it is possible to enter them into one of the events, with their remaining personal information being automatically filled from the SiEntries.