We are excited to confirm the details of the 2019 British Mountain Marathon Championship. Ready for the 2019 season, the three Championship events – Marmot Dark Mountains™, the Scottish Mountain Marathon™ and the ROC Mountain Marathon™ – have finished a complete harmonisation of their rules, courses and classes, and a common set of standards so that anyone competing in 2019 has a clear understanding of how the series works, and how their performance is recognised.
Above, an example of a course planner’s brief for the new Scottish Mountain Marathon™, working towards the course standards that apply to all Championship events
Before jumping into the 2019 updates we would like to express our thanks to the mountain marathon community for their continued goodwill, thoughtful feedback and support for the British Mountain Marathon Championship. Shane Ohly, who instigated the championship said, “I have always thought that the British Mountain Marathon Championship will take many years to get serious momentum behind it. However, it has been hugely exciting to see the progress we have already made and as I look forward to our third year and the continued harmonisation of the championship events, I am confident that we are heading in the right direction and have the mountain marathon community right behind us!”.
As we have been working on this harmonisation of the courses, classes and standards, we have often asked ourselves, “What is a mountain marathon?” and the definition we have settled on is:
“A mountain marathon is a test of your navigation (how efficiently you find the checkpoints), your fitness (how quickly you travel between the checkpoints) and your mountain craft (being self-sufficient in the mountains for the weekend, typically involving a remote overnight camp).”
While we still have your full attention we would like to mention two exciting opportunities:
- The Mountain Marathon Training Camp for young runners (16-21) will be organised again, and it is free to attend. Get the weekend 10-11th August 2019 in your diary now!
- We are looking for someone to help with the editorial content on this website writing pre and post event reports for the three British Mountain Marathon Championship events – If you think you have the knowledge of mountain marathons and writing credentials we can offer you a free entry into each of the three British Mountain Marathon Championship events this year in return for your help. Please get in touch.
Marmot Dark Mountains™ on the 26-27th January kicks off the 2019 British Mountain Marathon Championship. Wintry weather and darkness included for free! © Steve Ashworth
NEW for 2019
All three mountain marathons in the 2019 British Mountain Marathon Championship have harmonised their rules relating to participants’ class and prize eligibility, and adhere to a common set of course standards.
There is now a new section on MountainMarathon.com explaining the course standards for any mountain marathon that is part of the British Mountain Marathon Championship. These standards cover Technical Difficulty (how challenging it is to locate a checkpoint), Physical Difficulty (how challenging it is to run between the checkpoints) and Fairness. The details are a little geeky – take a look.
A team’s class is automatically assigned based on the details of each team member provided during the online entry process, such as age, gender, and whether the individuals qualify as a family team. The different classes are:
- Open Category (Any team, of any gender, with both team members aged 18+)
- Female Category (All female teams, with both team members aged 18+)
- Mixed Category (All mixed-gender teams, with both team members aged 18+)
- Veteran Category (All teams, any gender, with both team members aged 45+)
For the ROC Mountain Marathon™, where solo entries are allowed, just read the above as though it was singular. Whilst the class category does not impact the British Mountain Marathon Championship results directly, all three events in the 2019 championship have adopted the same definitions for class.
Medium Score Course Added
We will continue to crown the winning male and female runners on each course as champions, and we are excited to confirm that we are now including a Medium Score Course category, and that Marmot Dark Mountains™, the Scottish Mountain Marathon™ and the ROC Mountain Marathon™ are all offering a medium score course in 2019. Therefore, the categories in the 2019 British Championships are:
- Elite Course = British Champion
- A Course = A Course Champion
- B Course = B Course Champion
- C Course = C Course Champion
- Long Score Course = Long Score Champion
- Medium Score Course = Medium Score Champions
- Short Score Course = Short Score Champion
Veteran Handicap Category Added
Marmot Dark Mountains™, the Scottish Mountain Marathon™ and the ROC Mountain Marathon™ are now utilising the same veteran handicap system. This will enable us to offer a new veteran handicap championship category across all the courses. Therefore, the winning categories in the 2019 British Championships are:
- Elite Course = British Champion = Male/Female/Veteran Handicap
- A Course = A Course Champion = Male/Female/Veteran Handicap
- B Course = B Course Champion = Male/Female/Veteran Handicap
- C Course = C Course Champion = Male/Female/Veteran Handicap
- Long Score Course = Long Score Champion = Male/Female/Veteran Handicap
- Medium Score Course = Medium Score Champions = Male/Female/Veteran Handicap
- Short Score Course = Short Score Champion = Male/Female/Veteran Handicap
For details of the Veteran Handicap Scoring take a look at the British Championship page.
Scoring Points – Third Counting Event
Participants in the British Mountain Marathon Championship are awarded points at each race, with their top two scores continuing to count in the Championship. It is entirely possible that two or more individuals could have the same overall score at the end of the season. In this eventuality if two participants are equal on points after their two best results are counted, we will award the overall championship win to the participant with the highest points once a third result is counted. For example, if after Marmot Dark Mountains™ and the Scottish Mountain Marathon™ two competitors have equal points, we will award the Championship win to the competitor scoring the most points at the ROC Mountain Marathon™. If after taking part in the ROC Mountain Marathon, or if neither participant takes part in a third event, and the scores remain tied, the Championship will be awarded jointly.
Previous Course Winners
Other than the Elite and Long Score Courses, winners from previous years (1st Female and 1st Male) are ineligible for the same prize when competing on the same course. We reserve the right to determine a team’s eligibility for a prize where one team member has previously won a prize, pairs up with another previously unplaced member and they enter the same or an easier course.
The Scottish Mountain Marathon™ steps into the void left by the LAMM, and big route choices through wild and challenging terrain have been promised for the inaugural event on the 8-9th June 2019 © Jon Brooke
Unchanged for 2019
Youth & Senior Championship: Mixed Teams Scoring
Points will continue to 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 in 2019. 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 2018. For example:
- U21 British Championship = If you were aged 21 or under on the 31st December 2018 you are eligible to compete in the U21 category during 2019
- U20 British Championship = If you were aged 20 or under on the 31st December 2018 you are eligible to compete in the U20 category during 2019
- U19 British Championship = If you were aged 19 or under on the 31st December 2018 you are eligible to compete in the U19 category during 2019
- U18 British Championship = If you were aged 16-18 on the 31st December 2018 you are eligible to compete in the U18 category during 2019
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 continue to 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.…
Sportident Results Automation
Sportident are providing a British Mountain Marathon Championship results service that we tested in 2018. It automatically and instantly creates the Championship results across all three events, i.e. in real-time as a participant downloads at the end of a race, and we will be using this system again in 2019. This won’t be evident until the Scottish Mountain Marathon™ takes place in June when there will first 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. However, for the series results to be calculated it is essential that each individual taking part in one of the British Mountain Marathon Championship events 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, a 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.
Thanks for your help with this.
The ROC Mountain Marathon™ will held on the weekend 28-29th September and it will be the third and final event in the 2019 British Mountain Marathon Championship. © Steve Ashworth
Mountain Marathon Training Camp – 10-11th August 2019
We are delighted to confirm that Shane Ohly and Zoe Harding will be organising another training camp this summer specifically aimed at younger runners (aged 16-21) who are interested in learning about mountain marathons, improving their mountain skills and navigation and having a great weekend on the hills. This training camp is for younger mountain marathon participants, or would be participants, who have the fitness to spend a day out on the hills (comprising some running, some walking). Best of all, the Mountain Marathon Training Camp is FREE to attend. Full details to be confirmed in January 2019, but save the date now!