Last year in the Lakes it was rain and wind followed by mass media hysteria, tears and snotters. The only tragedy was the belittlement of the skill, endurance and spirit of those competing in the minds of the sofa bound public.
THE ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN MARATHON ANNOUNCES VENUE FOR 2009 EVENT.
The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) was founded 40 years ago with the concept of holding a 2-day mountain orienteering race with two consecutive marathons of 26 miles (42km) and a height gain of up to 8,000ft (2400m). It was the world’s first venture of this kind and indeed a whole new type of sport called “adventure racing” has evolved from it. The competitors must use a combination of navigation, mountain and equipment skills. They come from all walks of life and are vetted for their ability and experience in the mountains, and take part as a team of two for safety. Teams are often described as fell runners but most have a broad range of mountaineering experience ranging from military (including “Special Forces”) to outdoor instructor professionals and some of the UK’s most renowned adventurers including previously the likes of the late Chris Brasher, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, John Disley and Alan Hinkes. They carry a tent, sleeping bag, spare clothing, food for 36 hours and other essential equipment to be self-sufficient in the hills.
Organisers have announced that the location for the 2009 Original Mountain Marathon will be Wales. The exact location is to be kept secret till August to prevent competitors from training in the area before the event.
A spokesman for the event said that after the media storm last year they were expecting the applications to increase significantly. He also emphasised that the nature of the event would not be affected and would continue to offer an exceptional challenge to it’s competitors.
Registration for the event can be done online at www.theomm.com