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PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS

Two prizes of Lowe Alpine bum bags have been awarded for photographs taken while the LAMM was in progress.

Best Photo of a LAMMer in action
Best Photo of a LAMMer in action - Mark Griffith took this photo of his partner Colin Gilmour on Conival, where they encountered some interesting terrain!
Best Scenic Photo (including a LAMMer)
Best Scenic Photo (including a LAMMer) - Richard Coombs took a photo at the top of the final descent to the midcamp, far below. A great picture showing the intricate islands by Glencoul and Loch Glencoul stretching away to the northwest.

(From L to R) Dave Suddes of Lowe Alpine and Martin Stone, LAMM organiser, present the Elite winners, Alec Keith and Kenny Riddle with the LAMM trophyIt was nearly 9pm before the 2006 LAMM finally finished and the last team – on the C course – wandered in over the line after 13:21:48 out on the hill. Added to their long first day, that meant their race time was over 24 hours. Of the many competitors who finished after the prize giving, the last half dozen were on the C course, which had proved particularly challenging with its steep gully climb and prolonged legs in mist on complex terrain. Read More >>>

Sunday’s rain, low cloud and extremely rocky terrain again tested competitors’ navigational and physical abilities. Over the two days the attrition rate was such that no mixed, female or veteran teams managed to complete the Elite course before the prize giving. Alec Keith and Kenny Riddle, the overnight leaders, rose to the challenge to win the LAMM trophy, finishing the Elite course in an overall time of 12:09:35. Read More >>>

As anticipated, Day 1 of LAMM 2006 presented big navigational challenges as the high, rocky hills were covered in thick, low cloud with rain and drizzle. Competitors had to avoid sheer cliffs while descending some very steep ground. Some control sites were in tricky locations and one – the first on the C course – was in the ‘bone caves’ of Inchnadamph. Read More >>>

True mountain marathon weather greeted LAMM competitors on arrival at Inchnadamph on Friday afternoon: low cloud hanging in tatters over the event centre and a smirr of drizzle blowing off Loch Assynt.

C and B teams enjoyed the view from the Stack of GlencoulIt is barely 24 hours since the location of the event was revealed, although entrants already knew it would be in the far northwest of Scotland. Inchnadamph is a tiny settlement in Sutherland, consisting of a hotel and a field centre. It lies north of Ullapool and about 8 miles south of the Kylesku Bridge, which replaced the old ferry to Kylestrome. Read more >>>

The LAMM 2006 venue is Inchnadamph, Sutherland, IV27 4HL. We've finally made it to the most North Westerly region of the Scottish Highlands and we're really pleased that so many of you are coming to join us there for the 13th LAMM. Inchnadamph is an enigmatic name that for lovers of Scottish mountain country, conjures up fine memories and alluring images. There are hills on all sides, both Munros and Corbetts. Ben More Assynt and Conival are Munros to the east, Canisp and Suilven are Corbetts to the west - all fit for a mountain marathon connoisseur. For more information about the area visit www.assynt.info.

Latest weather forecast from David Braine at the BBC Weather Centre.

ARRIVING BY ROAD
From Inverness, travel to Ullapool and onward for 22 miles on the A835 via Ledmore and the A837 to Inchnadamph. As you enter the village from the south, the car parking is in a field on the west (left) side of the main road. Please DO NOT USE any public parking. The Event Centre is on the east side of the main road, 400M from the parking field.

ARRIVING BY HELICOPTER
Land in the field to the east of the main road and the west of the Inchnadamph Lodge, a prominent large white house.

FILLING STATIONS
Lochinver - 08:00 -> 18:30 every day
Ullapool - Monday to Saturday until 21:00, Sunday till 19:00
Inverness bypass - Heading north take the 2nd spur signposted RETAIL PARK when parallel with the City of Inverness. This is for the "Inverness Retail Park". An Esso station on the left that is open 24 hours
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ACCOMMODATION ON FRIDAY
A few beds will be available at the information desk at registration - first come, first served basis.
Please don't phone anyone at Inchnadamph as all accommodation is already booked by us!
There is plenty of accommodation at Ullapool (22 miles) and Lochinver (13 miles).

INCHNADAMPH LODGE - ASSYNT FIELD CENTRE
As you walk from the car parking to the Event Centre field, you will pass the lodge on your left. Unfortunately it is full on the Friday night, so please don't ring them for accommodation. If, however, you ever return to the area, the lodge will be pleased to welcome you. They offer quality hostel and B&B accommodation. Visit http://www.inch-lodge.co.uk. They do have a shop for a few last minute provisions such as chocolate. It also sells beer and wine. Please walk up the main gravel road to the lodge and ask at reception.

Control 154The Inchnadamph Hotel is only 500M from our Event centre field. Their accommodation is completely full (so please don't ring them) but they do have a bar and offer some bar snacks.

A NOTE FROM OUR PLANNER ANDY SPENCELEY TO WHET YOUR APPETITE
This area really has everything. Mountains of over 3000ft (and some impressive smaller ones); high, open moorland; deep and steep glens; lots of crags and, once away from the event centre, feels (and is) very remote with the only access being a few stalkers paths. There is the usual variety of terrain you have come to expect on the LAMM: lots of rock, boulder covered ridges and other rough going such as some deep heather and peat hags (just in case you are more used to running in other mountain marathons!). However, don't despair, as there is lots of surprisingly fast running, grassy, wide open areas, open hill sides etc mixed in with the more complex, rough stuff - you just have to remember to slow down to find the controls!

On the map are some amazing and fairly well known natural features to watch for (some courses have been planned to give the best opportunities to see these, so if you're not out to win keep your eyes open) and, depending on the weather, the views are spectacular.Also, keep your eyes open for the wildlife - herds of deer, golden eagles, dippers and if you are as lucky as the planner, otters (the planner had a very close encounter with one when checking control sites).

So far, I've not mentioned the overnight camp-site. This year it is one of the most spectacular yet. If the weather is good, it'll be special and memorable. Saying more might give it away. Its everything you should expect at the Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon!

Event CentreNeed More Information About the LAMM?
Please take a look at all the online 2004 and 2005 information - Event Details & Final Details, Best Routes & Results, Control Descriptions, Galleries and Reports/Feedback from Glencarron and Isle of Mull. This should give you a flavour of the event and help you to choose the best course for your team.

The LAMM Team looks forward to meeting you all again on Friday 16th June 2006. Don't miss out on it or you may regret it later!

All the best

Martin Stone
LAMM Organiser

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Route planning above Loch Duich

The clouds over mid camp

Racing together - the spirit of the event

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