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OMM Original Mountain Marathon

27-Oct-2018 North West England, Location secret until August, UK (England)

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120KM / 75Miles
1 Day - 2000 Runners

Alternate Distances: 80KM/50M 60KM/37M 40KM/25M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £55 GBP

Fifty years and over 100,000 entries later, the Original Mountain Marathon continues to go from strength to strength as an icon of the UK’s outdoor and running community.

The extreme two-day race, held at the end of October, started in 1968 to combine fell running, orienteering, hill walking, trail running and an overnight wild camp.

With an ethos of self-reliance and endurance, competitors are at the mercy of the elements…and their own decisions.

Teams of two receive a map with a series of checkpoints they must visit over the two days.

Competitors must carry everything they need for the two days including an overnight wild camp at the end of day one.

There are seven course options of varying distance and ascent to choose from. See event details below for more info on course options.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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pasc

03:56 21-11-17

Fantastic event. Everybody should do this once in their life! It is held end of October, so you can be guaranteed the weather will not be pleasant! I took part in 2017, in the short score. The weather was horrible on the first day, which made the navigation extremely difficult. Your orienteering has to be very good for this event. As the description says, it is fell running, so do not expect nice, runnable trails. You have to carry all your food, tent, sleeping bad, etc which offers interesting dilemma: lightweight versus comfort... The organisation is perfect, the staff absolutely brilliant. It is a hard event but a real test of will power. I would definitely do it again :-)

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