2018 British Mountain Marathon Champions

The 2018 British Mountain Marathon Championship overall rankings have now been ratified after the ROC Mountain Marathon™, the third and final race of the 2018 Championships, took place in the Northern Fells of the Lake District in September.

Only in its second year, the British Mountain Marathon Championship is still finding its feet, and we’d like to express our thanks for the support and feedback from the Mountain Marathon community.

We would also like to offer huge congratulations to the various winners listed below. Well done everyone!

This update focuses on the results for 2018, and a further update about the 2019 Championship will be published very soon.

 

British Champion

Tom Gibbs – Winner of the British Mountain Marathon Champion Trophy

Tom Gibbs pictured with his British Mountain Marathon Championship trophy ©Steve Ashworth

Tom Gibbs pictured with his British Mountain Marathon Championship trophy ©Steve Ashworth

 

The overall British Mountain Marathon Championship was decided on the Elite Courses, with the best of two results to count. Racing with Sabrina Verjee as a mixed pair at Marmot Dark Mountains™ at the start of the season both athletes secured the maximum 52 points with the overall win. Tom Gibbs then edged ahead of Steve Birkinshaw, who also had a maximum 52-point score after winning the LAMM with Neil Talbot, with a solo win at the ROC Mountain Marathon™ this September. Congratulations Tom!

Sabrina Verjee kicked off the year with a fantastic mixed pair win at Marmot Dark Mountains™ as mentioned above. Helen Bonsor finished second overall at the LAMM with Andy Fellas and both Sabrina and Helen could have won the overall Championship if they had completed the ROC™. However, Helen wasn’t racing at the ROC™ and whilst Sabrina Verjee did finish the ROC™ elite course it was outside of the Course Closure Time. There is yet to be a Female British Mountain Marathon Champion because no athletes have completed two elite mountain marathon courses in either 2017 or 2018, although we would like to acknowledge Sabrina’s effort and just how close she came.

 


A Course Champion

Eleanor Johnstone – Winner of the MSR A Course Champion Trophy

Eleanor Johnstone and Jack Redvers Harris at Marmot Dark Mountains™ 2018 © Steve Ashworth

Eleanor Johnstone and Jack Redvers Harris at Marmot Dark Mountains™ 2018 © Steve Ashworth

 

As a mixed pair, Eleanor Johnstone was the 2nd female finisher at the LAMM and 4th overall racing with Jack Redvers Harris, which secured her 49 points. Eleanor then finished 6th overall and 1st female solo at the ROC™ to gain another 46 points and the overall A Course Champion win. Congratulations Ellie!

 

A Course Champion

Iain Embrey – Winner of the MSR A Course Champion Trophy

Iain Embrey (right) with Andrew Reeve (left) at the LAMM Prize giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

Iain Embrey (right) with Andrew Reeve (left) at the LAMM Prize giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

 

Iain kicked off the season with a great result at Marmot Dark Mountains™ finishing 2nd overall and 1st mixed team with Zoe Harding. This result scored 49 points. The overall A Course Champion win was cemented with an outright win at the LAMM whilst racing with Andrew Reeve, which gained the maximum 52-point score. Congratulations Iain!

 


B Course Champion

Joanna Schreiber – Winner of the Outdoor Research B Course Champion Trophy

Racing with Colin Brash this season, Joanna has recorded rock solid results, first at Marmot Dark Mountains™ where the mixed pair finished 6th overall followed with Joanna 3rd female, which scored 48 points. Back with Colin at the ROC™ the pair finished 9th overall and Joanna was the 1st female finisher to secure the maximum 52 points, and B Course Champion win. It is worth noting that Joanna is also a veteran participant so extra kudos to her for a great performance this year. Congratulations Joanna!

 

B Course Champion

Mark Potts – Winner of the Outdoor Research B Course Champion Trophy

Mark and Spenser Sheldon at the LAMM Prize Giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

Mark and Spenser Sheldon at the LAMM Prize Giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

 

Mark finishes 4th overall at the LAMM with partner Spenser Sheldon to secure 47 points. At the ROC™ Mark stepped it up and finished an impressed second overall as a solo competitor scoring a further 49 points to secure the overall B Course Champion win. Congratulations Mark!

 


C Course Champion

Kate Charles – Winner of the Therm-a-rest C Course Champion Trophy

Kate Charles and John Slater at the LAMM Prize Giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

Kate Charles and John Slater at the LAMM Prize Giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

 

Kate Charles finished 3rd overall and 1st female racing with John Slater at the LAMM and therefore gained the maximum 52 points as the leading female on the course. Returning to the ROC™ as an all-female team with Katie Godrey, Kate secured her C Course Champion win with another maximum 52 points as the first female finishers and 3rd overall at the ROC™. Congratulations Kate!

 

C Course Champion

Ian Pleger & Donald Brown – Winners of the Therm-a-rest C Course Champion Trophy

In fantastic team performance Ian and Donald have raced together throughout the season as a Male Vet team. Their season started with an outright C Course win at Marmot Dark Mountains™ gaining them the maximum 52 points, with a further 45 points won at the LAMM over the summer by finishing 6th overall, and they went into the ROC™ with the luxury of knowing that a good result would mean that they could drop the LAMM points. They couldn’t have done better with another outright win on the C Course resulting in a maximum 104 points season score. We look forward to seeing them race in the B Course category next year! Congratulations Ian and Donald!

 


Long Score Champion

Ian Jones & Jeff Powell Davies – Winners of the Platypus Long Score Champion Trophy

Jeff Powell Davies (left) and Ian Jones (right) at the LAMM Prize Giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

Jeff Powell Davies (left) and Ian Jones (right) at the LAMM Prize Giving 2018 © Jon Brooke

 

Ian Jones followed up his 2017 Long Score Champion win, with another win in 2018, but this time with partner Jeff Powell Davies. The successful pair finished second overall at Marmot Dark Mountains™ scoring 49 points in January, and then finished third overall at the LAMM to secure a further 48 points. Ian competed as a solo at the ROC™ finishing 4th overall but the team’s two previous results counted for the ‘best of two’ Championship to secure an overall team win. Congratulations Ian and Jeff!

 

Long Score Champion

Sue Richmond – Winner of the Platypus Long Score Champion Trophy

Sue Richmond and Geoff Briggs at ROC Mountain Marathon 2018 registration. © Steve Ashworth

Sue Richmond and Geoff Briggs at ROC Mountain Marathon 2018 registration. © Steve Ashworth

 

Our only other double winner was veteran runner Sue Richmond who also won the Long Score Championship in 2017. Racing with her regular partner Geoff Briggs in 2018 they secured 5th overall, with Sue being the first female, at Marmot Dark Mountains™ and Sue gaining the maximum 52 points. They were 9th overall and Sue finished 4th female at the LAMM, scoring another 47 points. At the ROC the team finished 16th overall with Sue being the 3rd female finisher, so her 48 points trumped her LAMM result to secure her overall Long Score Championship victory. Congratulations Sue.

 


Short Score Champion

Pat Barlett – Winner of the Expedition Foods Short Score Champion Trophy

Pat didn’t race at Marmot Dark Mountains™ but secured 4th overall at the LAMM to notch up an initial 47 points alongside Ben Stansfield. At the ROC™ Pat was racing with his son Joseph Bartlett and the pair finished 5th overall gaining 46 points and securing Pat the Short Score Course Champion. Congratulations Pat!

 

Short Score Champion

Heather Rumble – Winner of the Expedition Foods Short Score Champion Trophy

Heather Rumble at the ROC Mountain Marathon™ 2018 © Steve Ashworth

Heather Rumble at the ROC Mountain Marathon™ 2018 © Steve Ashworth

 

Heather and her partner Stephan Tietz finished 15th overall at Marmot Dark Mountains™, which meant Heather finished 5th female and gained 46 points at the first race of the season. Heather and Stephan missed out the LAMM, but returned to race together at the ROC™ and again finished 15th overall resulting in 47 points for Heather as the 4th female finisher and securing her Short Score Course victory. Congratulations Heather!

 


Terra Nova Youth Championship

No teams completed any events two event across the U18, U19, U20 and U21 categories. Obviously one of our key goals for 2019 will be increase youth participation.

 


2019 British Mountain Marathon Championship

News about the 2019 Championship will be published soon. Meanwhile, don’t miss out on an entry to Marmot Dark Mountains™ (26-27th January 2019) before the price goes up in December!

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