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The Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon

LAMM 2005 18th/19th June
Isle of Mull

A Two-Day Mountain Competition for Pairs with Overnight Campsite
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Steve and Morgan, Elite winnersMorgan Donnelly and Steve Birkinshaw win the Elite Course.

The LAMM 2005 is over and at 3.30 p.m. many of the teams have already left to on the 3 p.m. ferry back to Oban. The helicopter that one team arrived in is still parked on the manicured front lawn of Torosay house though, and it may be that the pilot is still out on the hills as teams are still trickling in to the finish. During the night at the overnight campsite there was a huge thunderstorm and heavy rain, though it seems that most of the competitors slept through it – after 10 or 12 hours out on the hill most people can sleep through anything. Not Niall Watson, the LAMM piper though, who once again roused everyone at 5 a.m with these particularly apt tunes. Now Read More about the day>>>


out on the courseCompetitors at the LAMM were woken this morning at 5 a.m. in the traditional way – with the sound of bagpipes, played by Niall Watson, one of the regular marshals. For details of the tunes, click here. (Niall promises some more tunes for tomorrow, just for variety).

By 6:30 the first teams had started to gather outside the event marquee for the ‘start’ but then a fleet of coaches turned up and they were ushered on board to be taken to the actual starts, which for the Elite, A and B classes was situated in the north west of Mull near the hamlet of Knock, to the north of the biggest hill on the island, Ben More - which would feature on the elite course with a checkpoint on a col at 800m, just below the 966m summit. The other courses also headed south on broadly parallel routes to the Elite course, but with significantly less climb involved. Read More >>>

Friday Night

Event CentreLike Brigadoon emerging out of the mists, the LAMM 2005 tented village is appearing on a large field, slightly to the north of the fabulous Torosay Castle and gardens on the Isle of Mull. As always the exact location of the event has been a closely guarded secret right until the last minute, with the 1,200+ competitors only finding out today just where they were headed.

Until today they had only been drip-fed information about the event, starting with the news that it would be further south than last year’s event, which they were told in January when entries opened. A bit later it was revealed that the destination was around 2 and a half hours drive from Glasgow and yesterday they were told to head to Oban. Only at 12:30 today when the event car park at Oban opened did they find out they would be taking a ferry from Oban to make the 45 minute crossing to Mull. Read More >>>

LAMM 2005 Location Revealed
The 2005 LAMM is based on the Isle of Mull with parking on the mainland in Oban. From Argyll Square in the centre of the town, take the A816 Lochgilphead road for 400 metres and pass a Shell garage on the left hand side. For your information, the petrol prices are quite good here. After another 200 metres, pass Oban High School on the left hand side. Immediately before the Gleaner Shell Petrol Station turn left and follow LAMM signs. If you are driving via Glasgow you should allow extra time for roadworks on the Erskine Bridge.

The LAMM car parking and access to the Event Centre will close at 10pm on the Friday evening. We have arranged the option for you to camp at an excellent campsite 3 miles south of Oban. From Argyll Square in the centre of the town follow the brown tourist road signs south along a narrow coast road to Gallanach Campsite (also signed sometimes as Oban Caravan & Camping Park, NOT Glenshallach Campsite). Please visit the white house on the centre of the campsite and pay for your camping on Friday night even if it is late. The managers, Judy and Howard Jones, would prefer this to being woken early on Saturday morning. A nice spot to camp is in a small enclosure opposite the campsite and overlooking the Sound of Kerrera.

If you expect to arrive at Oban by train from Glasgow at 15:39 or 21:18, please telephone 07836 384853 and we will arrange for you to be met.

If you expect to arrive at Oban by helicopter or light aircraft, please telephone 07836 384853 from your final refuelling location and we will guide you to a suitable field.



Route planning above Loch Duich

The clouds over mid camp

Racing together - the spirit of the event