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SarahCrunning - 25/01/2019 18:11:01
Marmot Dark Mountains 2019
Marmot Dark Mountains takes the traditional mountain marathon format (linear and score courses) and condenses it into a single night. Instead of two days of running with an overnight camp, runners starts between 7pm and 11:30pm (depending on their course) on Saturday night and finish on Sunday morning.

Navigating and being self-sufficient in the mountains in winter is a serious challenge, but the course options allow for less experienced runners with some navigation experience to take part. Other courses are for highly-skilled mountain runners only.

All runners enter as teams of two people. The linear courses require entrants to navigate between a series of checkpoints in order as quickly as possible. The estimated distances for this year are:

Elite - 55km
A - 45km
B - 40km
C - 35km

The Score courses allow entrants a set amount of time and they must visit as many checkpoints as they can in any order.

Long - 12 hours
Medium - 10 hours
Short - 8 hours

This year's event takes place in the Far Eastern Fells of the Lake District, with the Race HQ at Lowther Castle, Penrith. Entrants did not find out the location until November, and they will not receive their maps and instructions until they are on the start line. This is a true test of mountain skills - no planning, no GPS, no catering during the event. They must source and purify their own water, carry all their food and equipment, use a map and compass to plot and follow a route and be able to survive potentially harsh winter conditions and technical terrain in darkness.

The race is the first event in the calendar for the British Mountain Marathon Championship and is seen as the most challenging. The drop-out rate is high. Despite this, we have five runner reviews of the event, and all awarded it 5 stars.

Tom Gibbs and Sabrina Verjee are returning as defending champions, and it should be an exciting event. The forecast is looking a little better than it was earlier in the week, but it still looks like there will be some rain and sleet. This may well be snow on high ground.

Good luck to everyone taking part!
Sarah Cooke

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SarahCrunning - 27/01/2019 19:56:56
RE:Marmot Dark Mountains 2019
It was a tough night last night, and only 4 of the 8 Elite teams completed the course. These were the top 3 teams on each course:

1. Charles Sproson & Steve Birkinshaw - 11:17:59
2. Ian Stewart & Alexander Beaven - 11:42:34
3. Alex Pilkington & Sabrina Verjee - 14:00:36

1. Max Wainwright & Lova Chechik - 8:29:10
2. Guillaume Courias & Ben Kelsey - 10:25:22
3. Ant Emmet & Chloe Lumsdon - 10:47:36

1. Sarah Dunn & Jon Musgrave - 9:00:31
2. Mark Potts & Richard Garratt - 9:02:06
3. Benjamin Wolstenholme & Sam Booth - 9:16:24

1. Rob Henson & Beth Albon - 5:44:24
2. James Scott & Matthew Stapley - 5:49:31
3. Tom Snow & Calum Sowden - 6:08:43

1. Mark Clarkson & Jonny Malley - 750 points
2. Jeff Powell Davies & Ian Jones - 680 points
3. Eleanor Johnstone & Jack Redvers Harris - 605 points

1. Jonathon Cox & Chris Naylor - 535 points
2. Mark Seddon & Steve Wilson - 530 points
3. Gareth Clarke & Peter Stobbs - 485 points

1. Alan Irving & Paul Managh - 450 points
2. Julie Ferris & Scott Collier - 395 points
3. Chris Baynham-Hughes & Max Wainwright - 380 points
Sarah Cooke


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