Anniversary LAMM 7th/8th JUNE 2014
Two-Day Competition for Pairs with Overnight Campsite
is 4hrs Drive North of Glasgow/Edinburgh, 1.5hrs from Inverness
bring these details to the event
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, Beinn Dearg 2011 and Ben Cruachan
in 2012. 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 D and score, 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. 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 20 years ago.
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 5th
June. You will then see further details on the web site
If you expect to be en route to the area or on holiday in Scotland
before the Thursday evening and will not have Internet access,
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 20,000 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
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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 2014 LAMM car sticker.
The Information Desk will provide your Saturday start time,
the relevant vouchers for laminated maps and allow you to register
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
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 09:00.
OUR COACH TRANSPORT FROM INVERNESS: 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
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 £30.00.
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 2014 logo which you
will be able to order online from late April. This will
be a special 20th edition cotton tee with a graphic depicting
a scene from the area that most of you will see during the event.
If there are any tee shirts left you can purchase them during
the weekend in the marquee and for any late orders, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 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
to find out more. Many thanks to Wilfs.
times will be allocated at registration. Day 1 assembly times
are between 07:30 - 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 finish.
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 Inverness at 15:30 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
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 7th 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 Industry.
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 day.
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 - 16*
running time about 8 hours, walking time 11 hours
Limit - 16*
Limit - 16*
under 18, please download a Parental
endeavour to ensure that the fastest time is achievable given
good weather. Here are the LAMM course statistics for 2008
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
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
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! If we assume you start on Sunday soon
after 06:30, our transport to Inverness will leave the
Event Centre approximately 9 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
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 registration.
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.
You may not use a Sat Nav device or software on a mobile device
that shows your current location either on a map or as a grid
reference. Altimeters are allowed.
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 significant way.
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
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 13th 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
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 25th May.
For all correspondence, EMAIL: email@example.com,
write to Martin Stone, Lowe Alpine MM, Sleagill Head Farm, SLEAGILL,
PENRITH CA10 3HD or in the last resort telephone 01931 714106.