The iconic LAMM mountain marathon has come to an end with organiser Martin Stone announcing that this year’s event would the last. Martin has been organising the ‘connoisseurs mountain marathon’ since the first edition held in the Arrochar Alps in 1994.
With the LAMM once again embracing the specialness offered by the Scottish Islands the final LAMM was held on Harris in the Outer Hebrides this June with many runners describing it as the best LAMM ever! Full LAMM Results and Reports are available on the LAMM website.
Alongside Steve Birkinshaw, Elite course winner Neil Talbot said, “This was a strong candidate for the best weekend I’ve ever had and I can’t thank Martin Stone and his team enough for all they’ve done for the LAMM and especially this year which was a total classic, from the brilliantly planned (and very tough) courses to the picture postcard mid-camp which came with own beach and bagpiper in full regalia at dawn.”
Whilst news of the LAMM’s demise is a great shame, there is some good news to share with the Mountain Marathon community from Shane Ohly who is a well-known event organiser and regular Elite competitor. He announced, “As a passionate mountain marathon competitor, I believe there is clear demand for an adventurous Scottish mountain marathon each year, and I intend to organise one in 2019. My intention is to hold it on the 2ndweekend of June each year and to embrace the big mountains, long route choices and remote overnight camps that are unique to Scotland. Martin’s announcement has caught me on the hop but watch this space for further details of the 2019 event as soon as possible.”
We have now updated the British Mountain Marathon Championship rankings with the results from the LAMM. The combined scores from both Marmot Dark Mountains™ and the LAMM really show just how wide open the 2018 Championship remains with any number of people still in with a chance of winning if they get a good result in the ROC Mountain Marathon™ this September.
In a timely delivery, the brand-new Course and Youth Championships Trophies have recently arrived, and we are already wondering whose names will be on these stunning new trophies after the ROC Mountain Marathon™?
The new trophies are for the winning male and female runners (solo or pairs) on each of the courses. We hope that this will stimulate renewed interested and competition within each of the course categories. The trophies are:
- The MSR A Course Champions Trophy
- The Outdoor Research B Course Champions Trophy
- The Therm-a-rest C Course Champions Trophy
- The Platypus Long Score Champions Trophy
- The Expedition Foods Short Score Champions Trophy
Separately Terra Nova Equipment will be sponsoring all the Youth Championship trophies and hope these provide an added incentive for our younger participants. The trophies are:
- The Terra Nova Equipment U21 British Champion Trophy
- The Terra Nova Equipment U20 British Champion Trophy
- The Terra Nova Equipment U19 British Champion Trophy
- The Terra Nova Equipment U18 British Champion Trophy
If you can’t wait for the ROC Mountain Marathon™ in September, the classic Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon will take place in the Lake District this 30th June/1st July.
“This was my race partner’s first event. She was apprehensive beforehand but was impressed by how friendly and welcoming the event felt.” – 2017 participant
What’s included this 29-30th September?
Live GPS tracking | Finisher’s meal + hot drink | Pre-marked race map for all courses | Mountain Marathon Champs ranking | Start time flexibility | Pre-event camping | Score or Linear course choice
+ unlimited fun during a weekend of Running, Orienteering, & Camping around the Lake District!
Posted by ROC Mountain Marathon on Monday, 18 June 2018
The traditional season finale at the end of October, the OMM, is heading to the ‘south west’ this year… Any bets on its location?