The overall British Mountain Marathon Championship will be decided on the Elite Course, with the leading male, female and veteran competitors crowned the British Champions. There will also be A, B, C, Long Score, Medium Score and Short Score Champions. Therefore, the categories in the 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 Champion
- Short Score Course = Short Score Champion
There will be separate age class categories for younger competitors:
- U21 British Champion = Decided on the Elite Course
- U20 British Champion = Decided on the A Course
- U19 British Champion = Decided on the B Course
- U18 British Champion* = Decided on the C Course
*Entries welcome from 16-18 year old participants – subject to individual race vetting (see notes below)
Senior and Youth Championship: Scoring Points
Participants in the British Mountain Marathon Championship are awarded overall ranking points on the basis of completing at minimum two races and always competing in the same class (e.g. always A or always Short Score) at those races. In the case of more than two races being completed, only the top two scores will count towards the overall ranking points. For each race in the British Championship, all the finishers in each category will be awarded Championship points as follows:
An individual’s overall Championship ranking points will typically be out of 104.
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 the event, and the scores remain tied, the Championship will be awarded jointly.
Senior and Youth Championship: Solo, Pair & Mixed Teams
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 will get 52 points, the second male or female 49 points etc…
Senior Championship: Veteran Handicap
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 veteran handicap championship category. The handicap system is based on the following criteria (For solo category competitors please read the following as though it was singular):
- A team is eligible for a Veterans’ Handicap Score if both members are aged 45 or older on the Saturday of the event. This applies to both men and women.
- Only the age of the older team member is then considered for the Veterans’ Handicap calculation.
- Female competitors are given an additional handicap equivalent to 10 years.
- The handicap percentage is then calculated as 1% for every year over the age of 45.
Here are some examples:
- A team of two men aged 50 and 55 has a 10% handicap.
- A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 50 has a 15% handicap.
- A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 44 is not eligible.
- A team of two men aged 40 and 70 is not eligible.
This is how the percentage handicap is used:
- For linear courses the total time over the two days is reduced by the handicap percentage.
- For score courses the total point score over the two days is increased by the handicap percentage.
- If the total point score over the two days is negative, no adjustment is made.
Here are some examples:
- If the total time over two days on a linear course is 8 hours 30 minutes and the handicap is 10%, the time used for veteran results is 7 hours 39 minutes.
- If the total score over two days on a score course is 800 points and the handicap is 20%, the score used for veteran results is 960 points.
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.
Senior and Youth Championship: Championship Courses
The following are the comparable Championship Courses across all championship events.
Championship Course Table
|Marmot Dark Mountains||Scottish Mountain Marathon||ROC Mountain Marathon|
|A Course Champion:||A||A||A|
|B Course Champion:||B||B||B|
|C Course Champion:||C||C||C|
|Long Score Champion:||Long Score||Long Score||Long Score|
|Medium Score Champion:||Medium Score||Medium Score||Medium Score|
|Short Score Champion:||Short Score||Short Score||Short Score|
Youth Championship: Age Eligibility
The eligibility in terms of age is determined by the participant’s age on the 31st December of the previous year. For example:
- U21 British Championship = If you were aged 21 or under on on the 31st December you are eligible to compete in the U21 category during the whole next calendar year.
- U20 British Champion = If you were aged 20 or under on on the 31st December you are eligible to compete in the U20 category during the whole next calendar year
- U19 British Champion = If you were aged 19 or under on on the 31st December you are eligible to compete in the U19 category during the whole next calendar year
- U18 British Champion = If you were aged 16-18 on on the 31st December you are eligible to compete in the U18 category during the whole next calendar year
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.
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.…
Youth Championship: Inclusion in the Senior Championship
The Youth Championship is designed to encourage younger competitors to progress through the different courses. However, anyone over the age of 18 years may compete on any course AND may become a Course Champion in the Senior Championship. The Senior Championship and Youth Championship are separate, but it is entirely possible that someone aged under 21 could become a Senior and Youth Champion simultaneously. For example, a participant aged 20 could become the British U20 Champion by competing on the A Courses throughout the year AND also become the Senior A Course Champion.
Youth Championship: Youth and Senior Combined Teams
We will only recognise, and score Championship Points for Pairs in the Youth Championship when both members of the pair are eligible for the Youth Championship. For example:
- A U19 participant, paired with a U20 participant may compete together and score Championship points in the A Course (U20 British Champion =is decided on the A Course).
- A U19 participant, paired with a U20 participant competing on the B Course (U19 British Champion is decided on the B Course) the U20 participant would NOT be eligible to score points, but because the U20 participant was still within the remit of the Youth Championship, the U19 participant would continue to be eligible to score Championship points.
Once any participant is aged 21 or over on the 31st December, the entire team is NOT able to score points in the Youth Championship, even if the second Participant is eligible by age. Therefore, for any Youth pair to score points in the Championship BOTH participants must be aged 21-16 on the 31st December in the prior year.