LAMM 2009 - FINAL DETAILS
This Supplements the Event Details & Includes
All Recent News Updates
PLEASE NOTE YOUR COMPETITOR NUMBER, WHICH IS DISPLAYED ON
THE TEAM LIST. PLEASE PRINT THIS DOCUMENT & THE FULL
EVENT DETAILS AND BRING THEM WITH YOU.
Further information about the location will be provided by 13:00hrs
on Thursday 4th June. If
you are on the LAMM email mailing list you should receive a LAMM
email on Thursday afternoon. Those with Internet access should visit
www.lamm.co.uk where details
will remain until after the event. If you don't see a new home page
with the event venue, please click on REFRESH, to update
your browser window. It will be best to visit the LAMM website,
which will tell you far more than is possible in a brief message.
A recorded telephone message will be available at Lowe Alpine from
17:30 on the Thursday until 08:00 on Friday. Telephone
team must complete one of these forms and hand it in at registration.
You will also find the form on tables near to registration. Please
save yourself time and hassle by downloading and printing one from
here. It is
a PDF file so you will require the free utility from Adobe, Acrobat
Please make any team changes online before you
come to the event. As we have now factored in those teams who have
withdrawn from the event, it should now be possible to change course
to the C. The last chance to enter or make changes online is 17:00
on Thursday 4th June. This will help us considerably
with the smooth running of the event. Report any even later changes
to the Information Desk at registration. Please
register for the Outdoor Industry or University MM championships
if your team fits the bill. See the appropriate links.
2009 TIME OUT TEE
Please visit this page to find out about the 2009
Photographer Jon Brooke will be out on the course attempting to
capture at least one image of every team. His pictures will be available
to purchase online a day or two after the event via his website
The images will be available as JPEG files for personal (non-commercial
use). They come in two different sizes suitable for regular prints
or enlargements. The large file would probably be acceptable up
to A3 size at least. Those taking part in the Chasing start on Sunday
will be wearing race numbers front and back and can search for photos
using their race number. Payment can be made using any credit card
(via Paypal) and no registration or other faffing is required. Prices
are £4.95 and £7.95 respectively.
ANGELS - SPORTS MASSAGE
For the second time this year, the LAMM will have on
board the highly experienced Athletes Angels at the finish. Athletes
Angels provide sports massage and physio for endurance and outdoor
sports events across the UK and Europe and will be on hand to tend
to weary muscles, creaky joints and any sprains or injuries at the
end of the race. As many will know, a thorough sports massage at
the end of an event can make all the difference in the recovery
stages! For more information please visit www.athletesangels.com
and to pre-register (highly recommended!) for an appointment please
The team will be at the Event Centre from 10.00 am on the Sunday
and a 20 minute appointment will cost £10, if you wish
a longer appointment please specify when you pre-register.
As the competitors
are setting off on Saturday and on Sunday we will use the popular
orienteering tool, Route
Gadget, to display our map on the website. During
the weekend, folks back home will be able to see our Controller's
route choices displayed on the LAMM map. By the time you arrive
home on Sunday evening we hope to have loaded all your results into
Route Gadget. Please make an effort to visit the Route Gadget web
page where you will be able to add your routes to the map and compare
them with those of other teams. The routes
are automatically linked with your SPORTident punch data and you
will be able to replay the event. You will actually see little squares
run across the map as if all teams had started off in a mass start.
This really adds another dimension to post-event analysis.
EVENT CENTRE, ACCOMMODATION & CAMPING
The LAMM car
park will not open or be signed until 15:00 on Friday so
please do not arrive until then. It will close at MIDNIGHT and
re-open at 06:00 on Saturday. There is some accommodation
available in the area and we will provide an accommodation page
to assist you on Thursday afternoon. This year it is only a very
short walk from the parking field to the camping field. We think
it is best to leave a tent up on the camping area throughout the
weekend and you can change in it on your return. If you don't have
a second tent, a rucksack can be left in the event marquee and we
will provide labels. When you leave on Sunday, please adhere to
the unofficial one way system and depart to the north.
will be open from 16:00 - MIDNIGHT on Friday but be closed
between 22:00 and 22:30 for the marshals briefing. At registration
you will receive your TWO Si-Cards and wriststrap, 2 LAMM
2009 car stickers and 2 small polybags for the Control Descriptions
(which are not waterproof). Teams will receive a pair of foot shaped
plastic bags, care of Sidas. This year High 5 has
kindly offered a sachet of energy drink to each competitor. The
Information Desk will provide your Saturday start time, vouchers
for laminated maps and allow you to register any VERY LATE team/course
be serving their usual delicious fayre in the marquee, including
a number of Saturday breakfast options.
ON SATURDAY MORNING
Registration will be open from 06:00 - 09:00. Assembly times
will be from 07:00 for the B/C/D courses and from 08:00
for the Elite/A/Score.
- Any A&E
trained DOCTOR should inform us on arrival at the midcamp
so that we can hand you a streamer to attach to your tent
- NO LITTER,
CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT WHATSOEVER is to be left behind when
you leave as it will be quite difficult for us to litter sweep
every location used for a tent. Be vigilant. If your neighbour
leaves litter, please mention it to them!
- You must
use our toilets for all solid deposits. There will be a few portaloos
and the usual slit trenches. There is to be no Al Fresco crapping
anywhere within 2KM of the midcamp
- Take your
water from the nearby River - upstream to the EAST of the
camp area. Please don't wash in it or pollute it in any way upstream
of the campsite. If you are in any doubt about water quality,
you should boil or purify it.
regime for the Sunday morning will be flexible. Chasing Start times
for the leading teams on Elite, A, B, C and D courses will be displayed
near the results by 20:00 on Saturday. The Chasing Start
will begin at 06:00 and will last for 90 minutes.
If you are not on the Chasing Start list you may start anytime from
06:30 onwards until 08:00. All teams in the Chasing
Start should come to the midcamp results tent after 20:00 to
be given 4 race numbers which indicate your course and position.
Each team member will wear the numbers pinned on the front and on
the back of the rucksack. For these teams, Sunday will be all about
head to head racing and far more of you than ever before will be
able to experience the exhilaration (and pressure) of racing on
Day 2 of a Mountain Marathon.
Teams that retire
or are disqualified on Day 1 are very welcome to start Day 2 and
we don't need to be informed about this. Teams will start from a
taped area close to the mid-camp and those that are not in the Chasing
Start will use their Si-Card to record their start time. Course
description sheets will be issued in the taped area and competitors
will receive description sheets just after they start. Any teams
taking more than 9 hours to complete Day 1 or who need to leave
the Event Centre early to connect with public transport may start
from 06:00. We hope that the slower teams will be drawn along
and when the majority of teams catch up, they will help to motivate
the slower teams. Also we hope that the range of finish times will
will be given a Map Collection Time when you register and you may
NOT collect your map before this time. Please don't put the marshals
on map handout under pressure. Map collection will be near the entrance
to the Event Centre field and the list of Saturday controls will
be handed out at the entrance to the big marquee. You will then
be given 30 minutes to mark up the 20 or so Saturday controls. You
can do this in the marquee where you will find a number of master
maps which you can copy from if you wish. Compass Point shop will
bring a number of permanent spirit pens so that you make any last
minute purchases. They will also have small pieces of emery paper
so that you can roughen the surface of your laminated maps to reduce
the likelihood of control circles being rubbed off during the day.
You should in any case find that the map already has a matt encapsulate.
We are sorry that it is not possible to provide you with an overprinted
map showing the control sites. These are debated until quite close
to the event, too late to meet map printing deadlines.
You must leave
the marquee within 30 minutes of receiving your map and proceed
to the start. As you start you will be given a second control description
sheet on which the points column will be complete. At the end of
Day 1, we will provide you with your splits print showing your results
and a sheet of control descriptions that includes the list of available
controls for Sunday. You can mark your map up ready for Sunday at
your leisure and there will be some under cover and more master
maps available at the midcamp.
On Sunday morning
there is NO Chasing Start for the Score course and you may
start at anytime from 06:00 - 07:00. You will receive the
description sheet for all Sunday controls which shows score values.
Please don't all come at once as we would like there to be a small
gap between each team. We suggest that the inexperienced teams who
may overshoot the 6 hours, those who have a chance of winning a
prize and those who are depending on our coach transport should
start early. If you are likely to be a prize winner, please don't
finish after 13:00! Prize giving has been brought forward to 13:15.
This has been brought forward to 13:15. It will take place
by the Event Centre marquee and will last no more than 30 minutes.We
will offer prizes down to 6th place on each of the courses. The
retail value of LAMM prizes this year is £7000. We
only provide one prize per person so that the prizes can trickle
down to more teams. Don't forget the prizes for the male, female
and mixed pairs whose team members have between them attended the
LAMM most often.
prize - Anders Morell who organises the BAMM
- Bjorkliden Arctic MM has very kindly offered a prize of
a free entry for the BAMM on 14 - 15th August 2009. The prize
will include transport from Kiruna Airport and accommodation/food
at the Bjorkliden Hotel the night before and after the event. The
LAMM will upgrade this prize and we will pay for the appropriate
flights from a UK airport to Kiruna. Bjorkliden is located 200km
(124 miles) north of the Arctic Circle just north of Sweden's Abisko
National Park, almost on the border with Norway. It is possible
to travel to or from the venue to the UK in one day. This is a great
opportunity to take part in a Mountain Marathon in another wonderful
location far from home and we're very grateful to Anders for his
kind offer. However - here's the catch. This prize will not necessarily
be offered to the winning Elite team. It will be offered to the
best performing Elite team that remembers to confirm at LAMM Registration
Information Desk that (barring exceptional circumstances) they will
be able to take part in the BAMM. We will use the information from
registration and your results to allocate this prize
AT 17:00. YOU MUST BE BACK BY THEN.
A NOTE FROM
OUR CONTROLLER ANDY SPENCELEY
word of warning, with the map based on the OS 1:50,000, not all
crags are marked accurately and many small streams are not marked,
so be wary of using these features for fine navigation. Just remember
it is not a purpose made orienteering map, but a map for travelling
through mountains and gives you exactly the information you need
for the LAMM.
COURSES WILL HELP TO WRITE THE LAMM WEBCAST
This year we
will again pull out all the stops to keep those at home informed
about the LAMM during the weekend. At the end of each day top teams
on courses will be asked to step into a "room" or maybe
a shed or a tent where we will have a few laptops setup. We would
like them to write a paragraph or two about their experiences of
the day. Please write whatever springs to mind and we think that
this will help to make the reportage from the event come alive.
Jon Brooke will be taking digital photographs out on the
course and writing about the event as it unfolds. He will compile
a section of the LAMM webcast that contains the competitor's stories
of the day and pictures of each team. If any other team has the
urge to tell the world about their day on the Scottish hills there
will be space. Its a flexible arrangement so we'll just see what
We may be living
in a technologically advanced age but the Scottish Highlands still
present significant communications problems and this year we will
have a satellite link at the midcamp, allowing us to upload content
to the LAMM website. We will however try not to disappoint. Those
with access to the Internet on Friday night will be able to see
something of significant interest from 18:00! We aim to upload
photographs and reports on Friday evening, Saturday morning by 10:30,
Saturday evening by around 21:00, Sunday morning by 10:00
and Sunday evening by 20:00. Last year we uploaded photographs
of each of the prize winners and this was a great success. We will
do the same this year. Results will also be displayed at the end
of each day showing overall positions on each course and also split
times between each checkpoint. Andrew Leaney from SPORTident
UK will also be processing results and acting as our webmaster for
THE BEST PHOTO
the event is over, we will offer 2 prizes of Lowe Alpine kit for
best digital photographs taken by competitors while the event is
in progress. The two categories are best photo of LAMMers in action
and best scenic photo (which should also include a few competitors).
The photos will be displayed on the website. Please only send
a maximum of 2 of your very best photos and no bigger than 0.8MB.
Email them to email@example.com.
YOU REQUIRE EXTRA LAMINATED MAPS?
Maps (2 per team) are 73cm x 60cm and will be handed out on the
way to the start. If you have purchased laminated maps you will
hand in your voucher (issued at registration) and receive a laminated
map in exchange. No voucher, no laminated map - so don't lose
your voucher. If we
have not used up our entire allocation of laminated maps, extra
vouchers will be available at registration on a first come, first
served basis - price £3 each. For those whose maps
are not laminated, map bags sized 60cm x 45cm will be available
for purchase at registration. Plain maps are not waterproof so please
ensure that you take a large enough map bag with you and if the
weather is really bad we suggest that you save one map for use on
the second day.
After the event
is over, plain LAMM 2009 maps will be available in the marquee for
the bargain price of £2 each and laminated maps for
£4 each. We suggest that you bring a postal tube to
protect any map you purchase after the event, otherwise these will
be available from the shop for £0.80 each.
Each competitor will carry an SI-Card and both members must punch
at each checkpoint. Failure to punch by either team member at
any checkpoint will lead to disqualification. This is
intended to ensure that in future all unmanned checkpoints are visited
by both team members. Each team member must visit registration to
either receive a hire SI-Card or to present their own card so that
we can confirm the card number. If you have chosen to hire a card,
it will be attached loosely to your wrist using a tamper proof wrist
strap. This will remain attached all weekend and will be cut off
you either when you finish or if you retire. If you lose, break
or take a hire card home with you the charge will be £25.00.
This is one reason why we are now using these wristbands for non-orienteering
events of more than 2 hours duration. Also you will quickly get
used to carrying the card on your wrist. Wrists do swell during
exercise and providing you have attached the card loosely, you will
hardly notice that you are wearing it overnight.
DESCRIPTIONS & STATIONS
The six figure grid references you will be given represent the bottom
left corner of a 100m square. The exact location could be anywhere
within the 100m square and the description should enable you to
locate the checkpoint precisely. Due to the steepness of the ground,
some checkpoints will be described as being, for example, 'on the
540m map contour'. This is to enable you to locate the precise point
on the map and it may not always accurately reflect the height you
are seeing on your wrist altimeter (should you be lucky enough to
have one)! If a checkpoint station doesn't beep or flash, please
record or memorise the 3 letter word written on the station and
tell us at the finish.
Please remember not to touch any deer calves, even if they appear
to be distressed as the mother will often reject them if human scent
is detected. Also try to avoid stepping on nests of baby grouse
- the estates get annoyed. A number of rivers in this area soon
become uncrossable after prolonged rain or even a heavy shower.
If in doubt, move UPSTREAM, not DOWNSTREAM to cross and if moving
downstream, ensure that if all else fails you can cross by a bridge.
Carry all your rubbish back to the Event Centre on Sunday and be
prepared to show it during a kit check.
collect a 'Barrier Tape Streamer' at registration and attach it
to your tent at the Event Centre and midcamp so that we can locate
you in an emergency.
The midges WILL be quite annoying if it is humid or still.
We strongly recommend that you bring some insect repellent or a
We will have some portaloos at the Event Centre and also this year
at the midcamp. You can avoid the queue by using the "traditional"
This is printed on the control descriptions and should only be used
in extremis. Rescue facilities are only available to deal with potentially
life-threatening situations. An emergency medical kit is available
on Saturday at the midcamp and on Sunday back at the Event Centre.
Please carry some money with you in case you get stranded miles
from the Event Centre.
If you have booked places on our transport, please visit the relevant
page on the site to check your booking is correct and see the final
coach details. NB The coaches will leave for Glasgow and
Inverness at 13:45, NOT 14:00.
AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY NIGHT You
are very welcome to camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. A
local hostelry will welcome your custom.
FOR LAST MINUTE PURCHASES
Rick and Angela Houghton will have their mobile shop at the event.
Telephone: 01253 795597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order online from www.compasspoint-online.co.uk.
18"x24" map bags, fine waterproof pens, videos of the
LAMM 1997 Jura Classic and additional maps from LAMM 2009 can also
be purchased at the end of the event.