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Compston CornerAmbleside Cumbria LA22 9DS

Celebrate 50 years of the OMM with our exciting Prize Draw – Win a Kamleika Outfit and Classic 25 pack

   Words by tcsh

   on 25/08/2017 15:01:00

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the UK’s Original Mountain Marathon, or the OMM.


In 1968 Gerry Charnley created a 2 day mountain challenge, an event that combined navigation, endurance, teamwork and a wild overnight camp. The Original Mountain Marathon is considered to be the event that all adventure races have evolved from, and is still the premier UK’s Mountain Marathon. It takes part every year in late October, timed to coincide the change from BST to GMT (in other words, when the clocks go back).  That extra hour in bed in much needed as weather at this time of year is notoriously challenging in it’s own right. Courses inevitably cross difficult and steep upland and mountain terrain; terrain that will challenge the most competent and experienced orienteers. Of course these difficulties are compounded by having to carry a all your overnight night gear too.

  • The course requires a 420km2 area of wild space.
  • In 50 years the event has only been cancelled once… ‘The great storm of 2008″ made headline news.
  • It takes over 100 volunteers to put on the weekend.
  • The impressive list of previous competitors competing regularly includes Joss Naylor & Sir Ranulph Fiennes.  “My last race prior to attempting the Eiger was the Karrimor Mountain Marathon (renamed the Original Mountain Marathon) in October 2006, aged sixty-two years. My team-mate and leader was John Brooke.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • The event is not for profit and any surplus after costs is donated to charities to improve hill access and outdoor education.
  • The OMM was the first event to have its own custom map after discussions with Elite competitor and HARVEYS Maps owner, Susan Harvey.  To this day the OMM hill team provide ground assessments to improve UK mapping.
  • The planning team are advisors to the governing bodies and national parks. The teams’ decades of experience with ecologically responsible events has helped the BMC develop guidance for access and use of upland areas.
  • In 2013 after impressing the Brecon Beacons National Park with the organisation and ecological responsible approach the planning team helped the park to write their best practice documents for events.

    This years event starts in Langdale, near Ambleside, on October 28th, and its the first time back in the Lake District in nearly 10 years. Fingers crossed the weather is a little drier than the previous visit in 2008.


    WIN a Kamleika Jacket and Pants, and a OMM Classic 25 Pack.

    If you are entering this years event, or are a keen trail runner looking for some very cool OMM Kit, this is a competition you need to enter.  The prize is a full set of the all new OMM Kamleika waterproofs (Race jacket and bottoms – Men’s or Ladies) and a OMM Classic 25 lightweight pack. This is a prize bundle worth over £300!

    Men’s Prizes Women’s Prizes
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    The iconic Kamleika waterproofs have been updated and improved for Autumn / Winter 2017, while the Classic pack is so good it just doesn’t anything improving…Its called the Classic for good reason.

    For a chance to win all you need to do is enter your details below. All we need is your email and name details, which will be entered into the draw. The draw will take place on Friday 6th of October, with the winner notified by email.

    By entering you’ll also be signing up for our Climbers Shop Newsletter and OMM newsletter. If you decide that these aren’t of interest then you can always unsubscribe at any time.

    For further details please see our Terms and Conditions Here


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