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The OMM Mountain Marathon

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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 Original Mountain Marathon was created to give competitors’ an opportunity to test their abilities in the mountains. All within a safety net created by the most experienced event team in the UK.

50 years of the OMM: The UK’s biggest mountain race has shaped the UK outdoor community for 50 years. Since 1968 the UK’s greatest running legends, product creators & influential people have stood on the start line.

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.

How to enter the The OMM Mountain Marathon

  1. ELITE Course

    Run 85km
    Event passed
  2. A Course

    Run 65km
    Event passed
  3. B Course

    Run 45km
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  4. Combined Course

    Run 45km
  5. LONG Score

    Run 13h
    Event passed
  6. MEDIUM Score

    Run 11h
    Event passed
  7. SHORT Score

    Run 9h
    Event passed

The OMM Mountain Marathon routes

On the start line you & your partner will receive a map of your chosen course. You must then a plan a route to visit the marked checkpoints spread across the 400Km2 course area and finish at the overnight wild camp on day 1.

You are expected to use your understanding of the terrain & conditions you’re heading into and make appropriate kit decisions and route choices accordingly. This includes the unsupported overnight wild camp.

Day 2 you receive a new map and choose a second route back to the event centre. The teams who visit the most checkpoints in the quickest time are the winners.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

On the Friday

15:00 Registration and parking opens

16:00 Hot Food (Pasta party)

22:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

23:00 Registration closes

On Saturday, Race Day 1

06:00 Registration opens

06:00 Catering opens

08:00 All starts open (except short score)*

09:00 Short score start opens*

On Sunday, Race Day 2

Start times from 0700*

13:00 Hot food and bar open

14:00 B, Combined + Short Score prize giving**

15:30 Elite, A, Long + Medium score prize giving**

*Start times allocated prior to event

** Approximate timings for prize giving

For all competitors arriving by coach or public transport, baggage can be left at the Event Centre Information Desk. Please ensure it is labelled with Name and Team number. Bags are left entirely at the owner’s risk and no liability will be accepted by the Organisers in the event of any damage or loss howsoever arising.

Kit List
    Taped waterproof jacket with hood
    Taped waterproof trousers
    Clothing suitable for mountain running and walking
    Spare base layer top
    Spare full leg cover
    Warm layer top
    Hat, Gloves & Socks
    Footwear designed for trail and fell use
    Head torch capable of giving useable light for a minimum of 12 hours
    Whistle & Compass
    Map (as supplied)
    Insulated Sleeping system
    First aid equipment
    Pen/pencil and paper capable of being used in wet conditions
    Survival bag (not a sheet)
    Emergency rations
    Water carrying capability


    Cooking equipment including stove with sufficient fuel for duration of the race, plus some spare for emergency use, left at the end of the event
    Tent with sewn in groundsheet
    Food for 36 hours for two people

The OMM Mountain Marathon weather forecast

Possible light rain in the afternoon and evening.

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