Original Mountain Marathon

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The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM), formerly known as the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (or KIMM), is a 2-day Mountain event, held in a different region across the UK every year. It was first held in 1968 and continues today. Gerry Charnley, a skilled mountaineer and orienteer, designed the KIMM to test orienteering skills in extreme circumstances; the full-length KIMM course is a double-marathon length race. Each team must carry all their gear, including equipment for an overnight camp. Moreover, the course is not disclosed until the race begins, so each team must have good navigation skills. Some have called the KIMM the forerunner of modern adventure racing.

In January 2010 the ownership of OMM, the event and the products was bought by Ark Consultants UK Ltd. (www.arkconsultants.co.uk).

History[edit]

The 2008 OMM was abandoned, for the first time in the race's history, due to ill-informed media coverage which suggested that the very challenging weather conditions (100 mph winds and extremely heavy rain) placed competitors and potential rescuers in danger. Reference was made to '1,700 people unaccounted for in the hills' though in fact all of these were still competing and unaware that anyone was concerned for them; as usual a significant number of competitors were current or former Mountain Rescue Team members. In fact only one competitor needed to be rescued after being swept away in a torrent, slightly injured and stranded on an island, though there were other unconnected rescues in the Lake District at the time which were widely assumed to be connected to the OMM. Flooding did cause considerable disruption and damage at the base camps and the high winds resulted in the abandonment of some of the manned radio checkpoints; this and the genuine risk at river crossings were the principal reasons for cancelling the second day's competition.

List of event locations[edit]

Year Location Region Elite Winners
2013 Brecon Beacons South Wales Nick Barrable & Gustav Bergman
2012 Howgill Fells North West England Björn Rydvall & Aaron Prince
2011 Comrie Scotland Duncan Archer & Shane Ohly
2010 Dartmoor South West England Andy Symonds & Joe Symonds
2009 Elan Valley Wales Steve Birkenshaw & Jethro Lennox
2008 Borrowdale Cumbria Race Abandoned
2007 Lowther Hills Scotland Brendon Bolland & Sean Bolland
2006 Galloway Forest Park Scotland Ifor Powell & Alun Powell
2005 Ullswater Cumbria Steve Birkinshaw & Morgan Donnelly
2004 Brecon Beacons South Wales Mark Seddon & John Hunt
2003 Langholme Scottish Borders Steve Birkinshaw & Morgan Donnelly
2002 Cheviot Northumberland Steve Birkinshaw & Morgan Donnelly
2001 Clydes MuirSheil Regional Park Scotland Mark Seddon & Andrew Trigg
2000 Lake District Cumbria Mark Rigby & Rob Jebb tied with Mark Seddon & Andrew Trigg
1999 Cowal Peninsula Argyll Scotland Mark Seddon & Steve Birkinshaw
1998 Howgill Fells North Pennines Mark Seddon & Steve Birkinshaw
1997 Kielder Forest North East England Mark Seddon & Steve Birkinshaw
1996 Galloway Forest Park and Hills Scotland Mark Seddon & Pete James
1995 Brecon Beacons South Wales Mark Seddon & John Kewley
1994 St Mary's Loch and Manor Scotland Mark Seddon & Paul Hague
1993 Upper Nithsdale & Queensberry Hills Scotland Mark Seddon & Paul Hague
1992 Northern Lake District Cumbria Oli Bolholzer & Matthias Ramsauer
1991 Arrochar Alps Scotland Mark McDermott & Adrian Belton
1990 Glen Lyon Scotland Phil Clark and Graham Huddleston
1989 Howgill Fells North Pennines Derek Ratcliffe & Pete Irwin
1988 Cheviots Northumberland Aonghus O'Cleirigh and Robin Bryson
1987 Ffestiniog Snowdonia North Wales Derek Ratcliffe & Pete Irwin
1986 Galloway Hills Scotland
1985 Langdale (Lake District) Cumbria
1984 Peak District Pennines Derek Ratcliffe & Pete Irwin
1983 Strathyre Scotland Derek Ratcliffe & Pete Irwin
1982 Dartmoor South West England Jack Maitland & John Baston
1981 Langdale Cumbria
1980 Isle of Arran Scotland
1979 Rhinogs North Wales
1978 Peebles Scotland
1977 Howgill Fells North Pennines
1976 Galloway Highlands Scotland
1975 Ennerdale Cumbria
1974 College Valley, Cheviot Northumberland
1973 Plas Gwynant North Wales
1972 Tibbie Shiels (Selkirk) Scottish Borders
1971 Plas-y-Brenin North Wales
1970 Eskdale West Cumbria
1969 Troutbeck (Windermere) Cumbria
1968 Muker North Pennines

Classes of competition[edit]

OMM currently comprises seven competition classes (four line events and three score courses) which vary in length and severity, approximately as follows:

  1. Elite 80 km 12 hrs
  2. A class 65 km 11 hrs
  3. B class 50 km 10 hrs
  4. C class 45 km 9 hrs
  5. D class 40 km 8 hrs
  6. Long Score 7+6 hrs (day 1/2)
  7. Medium Score 6+5hrs
  8. Short Score 5+4hrs

Compulsory kit list[edit]

  • Warm Trousers or Leggings
  • Shirt or Thermal Top
  • Sweater or Fleece Top
  • Waterproof Over Trousers (taped seams)
  • Waterproof Jacket (taped seams)
  • Socks, gloves & hat
  • Head Torch
  • Whistle
  • Food For 36 Hours
  • Additional Emergency Rations
  • Compass (GPS Not Allowed)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Footwear With Adequate Grip For Fell Conditions
  • Space Blanket or large heavy gauge polythene bag
  • Rucksack
  • First-Aid, a minimum of a crepe bandage and small wound dressings.
  • Pen Or Pencil
  • Tent With Sewn-In Groundsheet
  • Cooking Stove with enough fuel at the end of day 2 to make a hot drink

Clothing Brand[edit]

OMM have also started producing their own branded outdoor clothing and equipment. Items required on the event, such as waterproof jackets and trousers, backpacks and sleeping bags, have been produced, specially adapted for the event. The Kamleika (from the Aleutian word for a long robe) range of jackets, smocks and trousers have become famous amongst mountain marathon runners and hikers alike. They are unique in that they are specially developed to be stretchy and produce minimal noise when running. OMM are currently planning a larger range of clothing and equipment, also specially created for mountain marathons.

Swiss KIMM[edit]

1976 Swiss Orienteer Dieter Wolf brought the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon idea from England to Switzerland: 47 teams were at the start of the first Swiss Karrimor 2-day Mountain Marathon in Muothatal in 1976. Over the years several thousand lovers of the mountains, nature, orienteering and adventure sports from more than twenty countries have been able to participate in many different regions of the Swiss Alps.

After some structural and personal changes at Karrimor ltd. in England and Salewa Sport ltd. in Switzerland a new partner had to be found for the event in 1997 so as to achieve a balanced account. Arova-Mammut, a Swiss firm manufacturing mountain sport equipment, stepped in spontaneously, so that the event had to be changed only little; under a new name its organisation would be secure for the next few years. The long cooperation with Arova-Mammut ltd. came to an end in 2002.

R’adys Outdoor & Snowwear in Lachen became a new sponsor in 2004. 2013 R'adys sponsorship ended and the Event is now called SIMM (Swiss International Mountain Marathon: http://www.thesimm.ch

This Mountain Marathon is unique in Switzerland.

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