2012 9th/10th JUNE
Two-Day Competition for Pairs with Overnight Campsite
is 2Hrs Drive North of Glasgow/Edinburgh(A South Year!)
bring these details to the event and know Your Team Number at
Updated on 17 May 2012
LAMM has taken place at Arrochar 1994, Isle of Mull 1995, Lochaber
1996, Isle of Jura 1997, Ardgour 1998, Black Mount 1999, Glen
Shiel 2000, Loch Laggan 2001, Braes of Balquhidder 2002, Spittal
O Glenshee 2003, Glencarron 2004, Isle of Mull 2005, Inchnadamph
2006, Glen Lochay 2007, Glenfinnan 2008, Kintail 2009, Glen Fyne
2010 and Beinn Dearg 2011. For all of us these events have
provided unique challenges and unforgettable experiences. This
year our event will as usual take place in a remote, high mountain
region of the Scottish Highlands. It is a two-day mountain orienteering
competition with an overnight camp at a remote location. Teams
run in pairs and carry lightweight camping equipment, clothes
and food to sustain themselves for 36 hours. You can choose from
six courses ranging from Elite to Novice depending on your ability
and fitness. The aim is to visit each of the checkpoints on your
course and the times for both days are aggregated to find a winner.
event has a reputation for providing the competitors with novel
surprises and as usual we ask you to expect the unexpected. We
would prefer teams only to apply if they are sure that they will
feel able to enter into the spirit of the event. We have another
great area lined up in one of the classic mountain area of the
Scottish Highlands with a scattering of Munros and Corbetts. Competition
for places in the LAMM is now so keen that the event always fills
to capacity and even an event as far north as Inchndamph 2006
was oversubscribed. We would strongly recommend an early entry
this year to avoid disappointment. We will save a few slots to
allow late entries for Elite and A teams.
I am Martin Stone, the Event Organiser. I have
organised the LAMM each year since it began in 1994, also the
Scottish 4000s Duathlon and the Hebridean Challenge. My
sporting background is long distance mountain running and mountain
marathons. Apart from organising events I provide timing and scoring
systems/consultancy for sporting and corporate events through
our company SPORTident
UK Ltd. Our planner this year is Angela Mudge, ex-
world mountain running champion,who has planned the LAMM courses
on numerous occasions. Andy Spenceley who has also planned
courses for a number of LAMMs will be our controller. Andrew
Leaney will manage our website, provide results and a live
webcast during the weekend itself and Jon Brooke will be
writing reports for the website and taking photographs that you
can purchase online after the event. Twenty or so friends of the
event will help as marshals during the weekend.
to provide you with a great weekend of racing and adventure at
the connoisseurs Mountain Marathon.
NEWS FROM LOWE ALPINE
We are delighted that Lowe Alpine will continue their sponsorship
and enthusiastic support of LAMM. Lowe Alpine has been a great
sponsor ever since the first event at Arrochar in 1994. Many thanks
from the organisers and competitors alike for a top commitment
to people, enjoying competition in the mountains.
PRECISE DETAILS OF THE LOCATION
At the request of the estates concerned and also to
keep you guessing, further information about the location will
NOT be provided until 12:00hrs on Thursday 7th June.
There will then be two ways to obtain details of the location:
with Internet access should look on web site www.lamm.co.uk
where details will remain until after the event. It will be best
to visit the LAMM website, which will tell you far more than is
possible in a brief message.
you won't have access to the Internet, please telephone Lowe Alpine
between 18.00hrs on Thursday 7th June -> 08.00hrs on
Friday 8th June to hear a brief recorded message. You
will see the phone number in the Final Details that will appear
on the website in early June. This message will be removed at
08.00hrs on the Friday and no further assistance can then be provided.
Please do not jam Lowe Alpine's switchboard during normal business
hours on the Friday with questions about the event - they will
not be able to assist you.
you expect to be en route to the area or on holiday in Scotland
before the Thursday evening, it may be best to arrange to telephone
a friend who has retrieved the information you require - we will
not be able to assist you with any more clues.
you become aware of the location by accident, we are relying on
you to keep it to yourself and under no circumstances to spoil
the surprise for others by 'spouting off'. Anyone found to
be passing on this information will have their entry fee returned
and is barred from future events.
the experience of previous years, we expect the event to fill
quickly. The format of the competition itself will be fairly straightforward
for those with experience of 2-day Mountain Marathons and we hope
to keep the organisation informal and friendly. The emphasis will
be on good courses and the quality of the race itself.
EMAIL UPDATES AND OBTAINING INFORMATION FROM THE WEB SITE
Our event was the first UK Mountain Marathon to make
use of a website in 1998. More than 12,000 of you have already
subscribed to the Staminade Events email mailing list to receive
regular news updates about important issues and so that we can
tell you when you need to take another look at the website. If
you haven't already subscribed, it is important that you visit
Join the Mailing List here.
OF THE WEEKEND & EVENT FORMAT
ON FRIDAY: Yellow LAMM signs will direct you to
the parking area. The car park will not open until 15.00, so
please do not come to the venue by vehicle until then. Wherever
possible please share transport with another team, as parking
space is especially limited this year. There will be no car key
deposit so please keep your keys with you. We cannot accept responsibility
for any loss or damage, should an unfortunate incident occur.
Do not arrive at the parking area after MIDNIGHT, as it
will be closed to avoid disruption to local people and other competitors.
If you cannot make this closing time, you should camp en route
and complete the drive on the Saturday morning.
will be open from 16:00 MIDNIGHT
on the Friday but will be closed from 22:00 22:45
for the marshals briefing. At registration you will receive your
SI-Card and wriststrap, 2 small polybags for the Control Descriptions
(which are not waterproof), a pair of foot shaped plastic bags,
care of Sidas, and the 2012 LAMM car sticker. The Information
Desk will provide your Saturday start time, the relevant vouchers
for laminated maps and allow you to register team/course changes.
ON FRIDAY NIGHT: There is limited amount of B&B
accommodation available within a few miles of the Event Centre.
You are strongly recommended to bring two tents, camp at the Event
Centre and leave your basecamp tent erected during the weekend.
Details of any extra accommodation will be available at registration.
ON SATURDAY MORNING: We think that you will enjoy
the ambience of the event more if you are able to arrive on Friday.
However, if this is not possible, the parking area and registration
will be open on Saturday morning from 06:00 09:00.
If you are registering on Friday and using accommodation away
from the Event Centre or not arriving to register until Saturday
morning most of you will be given assembly times nearer to
OUR COACH TRANSPORT: See
the premier electronic system for recording times at checkpoints
is used for all British Mountain Marathons. You may use your own
SI Card to save a £2.60 hire charge. It is possible
to purchase an SI-Card by visiting the online shop at www.sportident.co.uk.
These cards can be used at many types of event. If you are using
your own card at the event, you must present this card at registration
to confirm that the SI-Card number you logged on your entry form
is correct. Those who need to hire an SI-Card will receive it
at registration and if you forget to bring your own card, one
can be hired at registration for £3.00. We provide
tamper-proof tyvek wristbands for events of greater than 2 hours
duration. All SI-Cards (including your own) will be attached loosely
to your wrist AT REGISTRATION using the wriststrap. The
card will remain attached all weekend and this ensures that both
team members visit each checkpoint. The card will be cut off you
either when you finish or if you retire. 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. All competitors will
use their SI-Card at each checkpoint. If you lose, break or take
a hire card home with you the charge will be £25.00.
ALL DOCTORS: We realise that it would be nice to
get away from the 'day job', however it would reassure us to be
able to identify a few doctors at the mid-camp who we can call
on in case of emergency. If you don't mind the imposition, please
make yourself known at registration and well give you a
length of barrier tape to attach to your tent at the midcamp.
TEE SHIRT: This year we will offer another a special
edition tee shirt bearing the LAMM 2012 logo. More details will
follow nearer the event. The garments can be purchased during
the weekend in the marquee and should these sell out, a mail order
list will be compiled and items despatched by the end of July.
They can also be ordered after the event from the online LAMM
18 x 24 map bags, Additional maps from the event may
also be purchased when you finish on Sunday. We still have a few
Dryflo Tees from recent years.
The mobile shop will be present at the event to provide an opportunity
for any urgent last minute purchases before the event and replacement
of trashed gear afterwards. Contact Rick Houghton at email@example.com
or telephone 01253 795597 to ensure that the shop can bring
whatever you will need. If you are flying to the event, contact
the shop to ensure that Rick brings enough of the right type of
gas cylinders to the event. You can also order goods online via
the LAMM online shop at www.lamm.co.uk.
CATERING ARE BACK
Scotts Event Catering who supported us in 2010 and 2011 are no
longer on the scene! We are delighted that Charlotte Webb and
the legendary Wilfs Team who used to attend orienteering events
and mountain marathons all around the UK will be back to save
the day and provide a variety of food for purchase on Friday evening
from about 16.00. This will include Soup, Pizza, Chilli
in a bowl, baked potatoes, pasta bowl, a number of cakes and the
usual brews. On Saturday morning, cereal and bacon rolls will
be on the menu. A free meal is provided to each competitor on
Sunday at the end of the event. Visit www.wilfs-cafe.co.uk
to find out more. Many thanks to Wilfs.
times will be allocated at registration. Day 1 assembly times
are between 07:00 - 09:30 for all courses.
At the start enter the taped area corresponding to your course.
You are advised to use the small plastic bags provided at registration
to protect the description sheet, which is not waterproof. The
description sheet will give a 6-figure grid reference for each
checkpoint on your course, plus a written description and code
to look for at the checkpoint. Except on the Score Course, all
checkpoints must be visited in the order shown on the sheet.
Each team will receive 2 maps, approx. size 83cm x 68cm
which will be handed out on the way to the start. The map is at
1:40000 scale with a contour interval of 10m and is based on data
from the relevant OS 1:50000 sheets. All the control circles will
be pre-marked on the map. We are providing the option of laminated
maps and we will ensure that you are given the correct type of
map. For those who do not request laminated maps, map bags
will be available for purchase at registration.
Pairs must stay within visual and verbal contact of each other
and BOTH MEMBERS MUST VISIT EACH CONTROL CARRYING THEIR EVENT
RUCKSACK. We are aware that in previous years, a few teams
have cheated by leaving rucksacks on the way to an out and back
checkpoint or one member descended to a control before climbing
back up the hill to join a weaker partner. This year, each competitor
will use an SI-Card. Each checkpoint will be marked with an orienteering-type
orange and white nylon marker and a SPORTident station will be
attached to it. This will usually be sited at ground level, weighted
down with rocks. Always check the 3-digit identification code
on each SPORTident station to ensure that you have visited the
correct one for your course. You will not be penalised if
you inadvertently dip your SI-Card at an extra control that is
not on your course but you must dip your SI-Card at all the controls
on any course other than Score, in the correct order. Ensure that
the station is not upside down when you insert the SI-Card. Any
closing times will be marked against the relevant checkpoint description
and you should not expect to find a checkpoint marker if you arrive
after this time.
Please adhere to signs and protect the water source by washing
downstream of the drinking water collection area. No rubbish
is to be discarded on the hills or at the mid-camp. ALL rubbish
MUST be carried out to the Event Centre and then taken home with
you on Sunday afternoon. Spot checks will be made at the
will be displayed at the camp site. Those finishing within 90
minutes of the leader on each course will take part in a chasing
start on day 2. Day 2 start times will be displayed on the final
column of the results board by 19:00 when a reasonable
number of teams have completed Day 1. 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.
2 START: The Chasing Start will begin at 06:00
and will last for 90 minutes. If you are not in the Chasing
Start list, you may start anytime from 06:30 onwards until
08:00. Teams that retire or are disqualified on Day 1 are
very welcome to start Day 2. Teams will start from a taped area
close to the mid-camp and all apart from those in the Chasing
Start will use their SI-Card to record their start time. Course
description sheets will be issued in the taped area. Competitors
will receive description sheets just after they start. Any teams
taking more than 9 hours to complete Day 1 or who are
concerned that they will miss our transport to Glasgow at 15:00
will be given the opportunity of starting at any time from 06:00
onwards. We hope that this will help to draw the slower teams
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 be compressed. If one member of a team pulls out at
the midcamp, we will do our best to create new teams from the
remaining fit team members.
2 FINISH - THE EVENT CENTRE: Random kit checks
will be made and rubbish generated during the weekend must be
displayed. A free meal will be served to all competitors by Wilf's
Outdoor Catering. The prize giving will take place nearby at 14:15.
2 COURSE CLOSING TIME:
All teams must be back by 16.00 on Sunday whether or not
they have completed their course. You are very welcome to stay
on and camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. The local hotels
will welcome your custom.
be awarded to the first 6 teams on each course, first mixed and
first women's team in each class. A prize will be awarded to the
veteran's team on each course with the best handicap results where
the total age of the team is 90 or more on Saturday
9th June. On the linear courses, the adjusted time is calculated
by deducting 30 seconds per hour of running time for each year
the combined age of the team exceeds 90. On the score course,
the adjusted score is calculated by adding 1.5% to the score for
each year the combined age of the team exceeds 90. There
are also prizes for the teams with most LAMM appearances, also
the best University team and team associated with the Outdoor
HUNTING! Prize-winners in previous years (other
than Elite) are ineligible for prizes when competing on a course
& category (unless veterans) where they have previously won
a 1st or 2nd, Mixed or Ladies prize. We reserve the right to decide
a team's eligibility for a prize where one team member who has
previously won a prize pairs up with another previously unplaced
member and they enter a lower course.
Should you retire and return to the Event Centre during Saturday
or early on Sunday, please place your hired SI-Cards in the labelled
box in the marquee or leave an UNAMBIGUOUS NOTE if you
own the SI-Card. At other times, please report to the finish.
THIS IS THE GOLDEN RULE AND MUST BE ADHERED TO WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
Failure to follow this procedure could result in the local Mountain
Rescue team being called out. Any competitor doing so will be
blacklisted for all future events. It is the responsibility
of competitors to make their own way back to the Event Centre.
The mid-camp will be at an isolated location and unless you have
suffered a broken limb or other severe injury it is unlikely that
we will be able to offer transport back to the Event Centre.
CALVING, CROSSING FENCES & RIVERS:
The event takes place during the hind calving period. Should you
discover a newly born calf that is apparently alone and in distress,
please give it a wide berth and under NO CIRCUMSTANCES TOUCH
IT. On her return, the mother is likely to reject the calf
after detecting human scent. No deer fence is to be crossed except
at a specified crossing point and stock fences should either be
straddled or crossed at strainers. In the Highlands, streams can
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.
Use your whistle to summon assistance from other competitors.
Put the casualty in a sleeping bag or tent while someone, preferably
two people, go for help. Someone should stay with the casualty
at all times, although if you cannot summon help you may have
to leave them on their own. Make a careful note of the grid reference,
nearby features, time and nature of injuries. Telephone the 24
hour emergency phone number shown on your Control Description
sheet and ask for a suitable message to be passed to the Mountain
are quite active at this time of year; however it is extremely
unlikely that anyone will be bitten. Should you be unlucky, it
is not likely to be too serious. Immediately wash the bite to
remove venom on the surface, dispel any notion of continuing competitively
and rest with the relevant limb lowered below the heart for about
half an hour. Bandage the limb above the bite just tightly enough
so that the veins below bulge but pulses can still be felt. "Milking"
the bite area to expel blood and plasma could be tried too. If
you are not feeling too feverish or nauseous after this rest,
proceed gently either to the mid-camp or to a road, whichever
is the nearer. Seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Please take a look at the weblinks from recent years - Best Routes
(which are displayed on the online maps for each year), Results,
Control Descriptions, Photo Galleries and Reports/Feedback from
these previous events. This should give you a flavour of the event
and help you to choose the best course for your team.
Course: Saturday 7 hours, Sunday 6 hours. This
makes use of some of the controls on the linear courses but others
will be unique to the score course. The map is pre-marked with
all the control circles for all courses and it will be necessary
to mark the live controls for the day on your map after you start.
If you are using a laminated map, we suggest you give some thought
to the best way of preventing markings rubbing off during the
running time about 12 hours
Limit - 18
running time about 11 hours
Limit - 18
running time about 10 hours
Limit - 18
running time about 9 hours
Limit - 17*
running time about 8 hours, walking time 11 hours
Limit - 16*
Limit - 16*
team member must be over 18. Please download a Parental
We will endeavour
to ensure that the fastest time is achievable given good weather.
Here are the LAMM course statistics for 2008 - 2011.
statistics measure the Planner's preferred route and are
NOT based on straight lines drawn on the map between the
controls. Please do not be misled if you feel the distances are
short. The terrain is mountainous even by Mountain Marathon standards
with plenty of climbing. Day 1 will take significantly longer
than day 2 and the courses will combine relatively fast high-level
routes with lower level sections, which demand more technical
All entries will be vetted for suitable experience and each team
must be able to navigate in the hills. Elite entries must
have completed an Elite or A course at a recent mountain marathon,
A entries an A or B course. Alternatively they should have
achieved a fast time in a long fell navigation race or similar
event. Other impressive achievements will be considered! These
courses could involve some scrambling.
and C entrants must have completed a course at a recent mountain
marathon or long fell navigation race or alternatively have significant
experience of mountaineering or long days moving quickly in the
hills. The D course is intended for those with limited
mountain marathon experience, but who are very strong walkers
or steady runners. These courses will also cross steep, rough
mountain terrain and require excellent navigation skills.
on the Score course can at least predict the length of their two
days and the courses are intended to be accessible to all who
take part in the linear courses.
entrants should feel capable of completing the E, A and B courses
within 150% of the winner's time, while the C and D courses should
be completed within 180% of the winner's time. Speed and fitness
are important factors in mountain safety. Please do not enter
this event merely with the aim of finishing a course regardless
of the time taken.
IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE A SENSIBLE COURSE IF YOU INTEND
TO USE OUR TRANSPORT TO GLASGOW! If we assume you start on
Sunday soon after 06:30, our transport to Glasgow will
leave the Event Centre approximately 8.5 hours later. (see
the information above about flexible Day 2 Starts)
READ THIS WARNING:
You will be tackling some very challenging mountain terrain and
the daily distances will reflect this. If you are not both competent
and confident when moving across steep, rough mountain terrain,
you will inevitably be spending longer on the hills than you anticipated.
In view of this, please make a realistic assessment of your capabilities
and ensure that you are tackling a course which best reflects
your mountain skills. Please be prepared for the worst possible
conditions as the competition area is very isolated and these
hills are exposed to serious weather. Bear in mind that you are
very much on your own once you have started. Although the organisers
will ensure that the event is as safe as possible, your safety
is ultimately your own personal responsibility, just as it is
with any trip into the hills. Consider training for this event
by running on mountain terrain where possible and by practising
fine map reading and compass skills.
When you enter the LAMM you accept full
responsibility for your safety and any injury you sustain during
the event. These are not the responsibility of the event organiser.
You know your limitations and will retire from the event rather
than jeopardise your own safety. This will be reflected in an
indemnity form that each team member must sign and hand in at
designed for 2 people with a sewn-in ground sheet. Tents may
be hooped bivi's but must have poles/hoops.
for evening meal and breakfast, stove and means to produce
aid kit to include wound dressings (one large), triangular
bandage, roller bandage & anti-inflammatory tablets/ointments
person must wear or carry a whistle, compass, map, pencil &
paper, torch (not penlight) with spare bulb & 6 hours light.
A torch with multiple LEDs is fine. A sleeping bag or Blizzard
Pack, Survival Bag, waterproof cagoule with hood (not a Pertex
windproof), overtrousers (these can be Pertex), hat &
gloves, tracksters/thermal bottoms (lycra tights OK if weather
forecast is good), thermal vest or similar, warm thicker top,
hill food for each day with a small amount of emergency rations
to remain at the end of day 2. Please carry some money with you
(a note) in case you get stranded miles from the Event Centre.
Goretex bivi bag may be used as a sleeping bag but not as a tent.
The survival bag must be a bag rather than a blanket. An example
of a specialist lightweight product is Adventure Medical Kits
Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy (100gram).
must be lightweight boots, fell running or orienteering shoes
- no flat-soled trainers permitted. Trail shoes may not be ideal
for contouring but will be acceptable as long as the heel is not
too high. The ideal shoe for most is a fell running shoe such
as the Walsh PB, Inov-8, New Balance RX Terrain, The Felldancer
or Adidas Swoop or Lightfoot. In rare circumstances we may allow
"barefoot" footwear but in every instance you must contact
us before you enter as we feel that this footwear is NOT suitable
for hard running over rough, steep terrain.
should be prepared for random kit checks on arrival at the midway
camp and at the end of the event.
Satellite Navigation or mobile phone devices that show your current
location either on a map or as a grid reference. Altimeters are
allowed. However, we are keen that teams should carry a mobile
phone that does not include current location displayed on a map
or as a grid reference.
If you feel there is any risk that the water you may drink en
route or at the campsites is not pure enough, you should consider
using suitable water purification. This would be more significant
after a period of unusually dry weather. All water consumed during
the weekend is at your own risk. Midge repellent and sunscreen
should also be considered.
LIMIT & WAITING LIST:
Teams will generally be accepted on a first come basis. We will
however guarantee entry to teams on the Elite and A courses, teams
entering from abroad and those who have helped the event in a
OF PARTNER, COURSE, SI-CARD OR LAMINATED MAPS:
Should it be necessary to make a change, please do NOT telephone
us. You can use SiEntries Online Entries System to make your team
changes online until Thursday 7th June as long as you know
your SiEntries ID and password, issued by email when you enter.
After this date, inform us of changes at the registration information
Should the team be unable to participate (even at the eleventh
hour), please email or write to the entries address (see below)
and your request to withdraw will be acknowledged. If we receive
your notification of withdrawal by email or letter, sent no later
than 15th May, at the address shown below, the team will
qualify for a refund of £70 and this will be paid
by a partial refund to the card you used to pay for your online
entry. No refunds will be made in any other circumstances, nor
can your entry be transferred to the following year.
CAR HIRE FROM AIRPORTS: If
you wish us to help you find another pair arriving on the same
flight so that you can hire a car together please visit the Share
Car Hire page at www.lamm.co.uk.
Last year we were able to solve a number of transport 'crises'
by publishing details of those offering lifts on our website.
If you have a particular travel problem and have been unable to
find a solution visit the Lifts to the Event
page at www.lamm.co.uk
if you are either a donor or a hopeful recipient.
FOR A PARTNER? The web site worked wonders for
a few 'desperate' competitors last year. At least 10 partnerships
were forged through the site and some teams were very successful.
If you lose a partner or are looking for a partner visit the Partner
Needed? page at www.lamm.co.uk.
If you are thinking of coming to the event with someone who is
taking part but are not competing yourself and would be able to
commit yourself from Friday evening onwards to help with parking,
registration, the starts, finishes, midcamp or on the hill, please
contact Martin Stone no
later than 27th May.
For all correspondence, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org,
write to Martin Stone, Lowe Alpine MM, Sleagill Head Farm, SLEAGILL,
PENRITH CA10 3HD or in the last resort telephone 01931 714106.