Courses, Classes, & Prizes



Teams (solos or pairs) may choose to enter one of the following six courses:



Linear Courses

Competitors must visit a prescribed number and order of checkpoints. The linear courses have less route choice and require less decision making than the score format courses, because the checkpoints (and the order in which they must be visited) are defined by the organisers. Approximate length, height gain, and winning time over both days (roughly 55% day 1, 45% day 2) would be:

  • Elite – the premier class for the fittest and most competent mountain marathoners. This is the longest and toughest class both physically and technically, and entrants will usually be vetted for experience.
  • A – shorter than the Elite class, but also physically and technically very challenging. A stepping stone from the B class to the Elite class. Designed for fit and competent mountain marathoners not yet ready for the extra challenge of the Elite class.
  • B – shorter than the A class, slightly less physically and technically challenging, but a step up from the C class – ideal for those who have previously completed the C class and want a tougher challenge, or experienced mountain marathoners who want the challenge without the extra distance offered by the Elite and A classes.
  • C – the shortest, and least physically and technically challenging of the linear courses. Requires a good level of fitness and navigational ability, but suitable for teams who are either new to this type of event and/or have limited mountain experience or endurance.


Linear course example - B Course Day 2 2018

Linear course example map – B Course Day 2 2018


Score Format Courses

These courses give competitors a fixed time in order to score as many points as possible. Each checkpoint out on the course will have a specified points value, and competitors can choose both the order of checkpoints to visit, and also the routes between them. If you are late returning to the finish, penalty points will be deducted. Strategy and route planning therefore are as important as fitness. Both days’ points totals will be combined and overall results produced on this basis. The points value of a checkpoint may be a reflection of the physical or technical difficulty associated with visiting it, or how far away from the start/finish it is.

  • Long – Day 1: up to 7 hours / Day 2: up to 6 hours – A longer challenge for fitter and more competent mountain marathoners who like the challenge of score courses.
  • Short – Day 1: up to 6 hours / Day 2: up to 5 hours – A shorter challenge, ideal for those new to this type of event and/or have limited mountain experience or endurance , or people who want shorter days out in the hills.


Score course example - day 1 2018

Linear course example map – B Course Day 2 2018


Time Penalties (Score courses only)

The time limits on the score courses are automatically enforced by the digital SI timing system (you can’t argue with the computer!). Competitors who are late finishing will rapidly lose the points built up during the day! Lateness time penalties each day are as follows:

  • 1-5 mins late = 1 point per min
  • 6-15 mins late = 2 points per min
  • 16-29 mins late = 5 points per min
  • over 30 mins = all points lost (eek!)


All courses close at 20:00 on Saturday and 15:00 on Sunday. Any finishers after these times will be recorded as DNF.



Competitor’s Class is automatically assigned based on their entry criteria such as age, gender and whether they are a parent/child team.

  • Open Male (Solo: Aged 18-45. Pairs: Youngest member aged under 45)
  • Open Female (Solo: Aged 18-45. Pairs: Youngest member aged under 45)
  • Open Mixed (Pairs Only: Youngest member aged under 45)
  • Male Vet (Solo: Aged 45-55. Pairs: youngest member aged 45-55)
  • Female Vet (Solo: Aged 45-55. Pairs: youngest member aged 45-55)
  • Mixed Vet (Pairs Only: Youngest member aged 45-55)
  • Male Super Vet (Solo: Aged 55+. Pairs: Both competitors aged 55+)
  • Female Super Vet (Solo: Aged 55+. Pairs: Both competitors aged 55+)
  • Mixed Super Vet (Pairs Only: Both competitors aged 55+)
  • Parent & Child (Pairs Only: See Notes Below)



Under 18s

Less experienced 14 to 17 year olds are welcome to enter the short score when accompanied by a supervising parent/guardian aged 21 years or older. Our minimum age requirement is 14 years old on the first day of the event for the Short Score.


Young competitors are very welcome on the ROC ©Steve Ashworth


Experienced Under 18s

We will accept entries from experienced 16-17 year old pairs  on the C Course, so that they can compete in the U18 British Mountain Championship. HOWEVER, a parent must accompany them to registration and sign the Parental Consent Form AND evidence of significant mountain running experience must be provided. Please email us to check. The minimum age is the age of the competitor on the day of the event.

Parent / Child Class

Parent / Child Class teams (only available to teams on the C and Short Score Course) must consist of parent/guardian (aged at least 21 years) running with their 14-17 year old charge. Our minimum age requirement is 14 years old on the first day of the event.



As the event is not title-sponsored, Ourea Events will be providing a small prize to each of the below. For clarification, prizes are awarded to the 1st placed teams (either solo OR pairs) in all the class/course combinations, except for the Walker’s class (which is non-competitive) and the Parent/Child class.

  • 1st Open Male (Solo 18-45)
  • 1st Open Female (Solo 18-45)
  • 1st Pair (Male, Female AND Mixed)
  • 1st Male Vet (Solo 45-55) AND 1st Female Vet (Solo 45-55)
  • 1st Pair Vet (Male, Female AND Mixed)
  • 1st Male Super Vet (Solo >55) AND 1st Female Super Vet (Solo >55)
  • 1st Pair Super Vet (Male, Female AND Mixed)


Congratulations! You completed the ROC Mountain Marathon. ©Steve Ashworth

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