10 years on and we’re back in the Northern Fells of the Lake District
We’re delighted to say that on 29-30th September 2018, we will be visiting the stunning Northern Fells of the Lake District, which will offer one of our favourite destinations for a weekend of Running, Orienteering, and Camping! The event centre will be at Horsemoor Hills Farm
The Northern Fells was the location for the 2nd Rab Mountain Marathon in 2008, and it therefore feels like a logical area to visit again exactly ten years later.
2018 Race Director Shane Ohly said, “The Northern Fells are a great mountain marathon area that have hosted a number of events over the years”. He continued, “They are guarded on their southern flank by the Blencathra and Skiddaw massif but moving north they are typified by sweeping slopes that lend themselves to superb mountain running. The ground is less rocky than the Central Fells of the Lake District and subsequently there are less crags and tarns, but there are plenty of technical features, intricate contour details and plenty of route choice.”
Reflecting on the feedback from the 2017 ROC Mountain Marathon™, Shane added, “Considerable thought has gone into the planning of the courses this year, and the location of our Overnight Camp means that we ensure both the linear and score courses have significant route choice and cover different areas of the Northern Fells each day. We are confident it is going to be a great event, and I am really looking forward to welcoming our regular participants and hopefully some new faces to the ROC Mountain Marathon™ this September.”
Shane Ohly was competing in the 2008 event and finished 4th overall in the Long Score event. Here, he quotes his training diary written at the time:
Day 1 RAB Mountain Marathon, Saturday 27th September 2008 45.0 km/ +2378m
Finished in second place overall and 20-points behind the leader Tom Brunt but managed to run past a 40-point control that I hadn’t marked as live and then finished with nearly 15 minutes to spare and enough time to collect another 15-point control that I’d hidden on the fold of the map! Very silly but nevertheless pleased with my running and nav. Epic contour traverse on the northern slopes of Blencathra.
Day 2 RAB Mountain Marathon, Sunday 28th September 2008 38.9 km/ +2353m
Started the day determined to win, and certain that I could… Set off with an ambitious route planned, which essentially aimed to get all the controls. To achieve this I needed to take some chances and ended up making a poor route choice that saw me snagged in the boulder and heather slopes of Carrock Fell (~10-minute mistake perhaps? It felt like 20-minutes!) and I also managed to visit a control that wasn’t active on day 2! In the end I had an exhausting run in from Carrock Fell to Fell Side totally destroying my legs and still getting back 15 minutes late: big time penalty. Pleased with my running and fine navigation, but need to engage my brain for route choice and actually check what is, and is not a live control.
Check out where previous editions of the event have been held (complete with maps).