The 2018 edition of the ROC Mountain Marathon™ is returning to the Northern Fells of the Lake District National Park, exactly ten years since its last visit to the area. The ROC is the final race in the 2018 British Mountain Marathon Championship with Marmot Dark Mountains™ (January) and the LAMM (June) preceding it earlier in the year.
British Mountain Marathon Champions
The overall British Mountain Marathon title is decided on the Elite course.
After 2nd place at Marmot Dark Mountains™ with Andy Berry, followed by a big win at the LAMM with Neil Talbott, Steve Birkinshaw is leading the men’s Championship with 101 points. However, he will need to beat Tom Gibbs to be assured of the title, and after winning Marmot Dark Mountains™ (1st and 52 points) with Sabrina Verjee, Tom could overtake Steve if he wins outright. Both Steve and Tom are two of the most experienced and capable mountains marathon competitors in the UK and it’s a fool’s game to bet against either of them.
Andrew Higgins and Adam Stirk are sitting joint second and have raced as a pair at Marmot Dark Mountains™ (4th / 47 points ) and the LAMM (8th / 43 points). Whilst the outright win for them is unlikely, a strong result will almost certainly see them on the podium come Sunday afternoon
The women’s Championship looks all but sewn up with both Sabrina Verjee and Helen Bonser equal on 52 points each, with a win at Marmot Dark Mountains™ and the LAMM respectively. However, Helen has not entered the ROC, so Sabrina only needs to finish to claim her title… sounds easy but Sabrina was in the same situation in 2017 but was struck down by illness and unable to finish day 1.
Course and Youth Champions
After the inaugural year in 2017, the British Mountain Marathon Championships we will be awarding ‘Course Champion’ and British Youth Champion trophies across the courses and age categories. More details about the Course and Youth Championship.
The 2018 ROC results will begin updating near live on Saturday afternoon into the evening with the standings after day one. You can also follow the entire event live through the GPS Tracking. The final ROC Results and British Mountain Marathon Championship series results (rankings) will be published as soon as possible on Sunday after runners download at the finish. Next week, we’ll announce the 2018 champions in a follow-up news article.