What To Expect?


What is a Mountain Marathon?

“A mountain marathon is a test of your navigation (how efficiently you find the checkpoints), your fitness (how quickly you travel between the checkpoints) and your mountain craft (being self-sufficient in the mountains for the weekend with a remote overnight camp).” – Mountain Marathon.com


Event Format

The ROC Mountain Marathon™ offers both linear and score format courses. This variety of courses, along with the relatively low numbers, avoids snakes of runners going from point to point and will consequently test competitor’s navigation and self-sufficiency skills more.

  • Linear – Think ‘time trial’ – you navigate between a set number of checkpoints as quickly as possible.
  • Score – Acquire as many points as possible within a set amount of time by visiting checkpoints in any order.


There will be a simple rolling start on each day; within the specified start periods competitors can set off when they are ready. On the second day, a chasing start will be organised for the quickest linear teams (e.g. those finishing day 1 within 60 minutes of the leaders). SPORTident electronic timing will be used (not familiar, no problem – check out more information).


Map issue at the start line

Map issue at the start line ©Steve Ashworth


Entries from solos and teams of two (pairs) are invited.

Participants’ car parking for the weekend and camping on the Friday night is included in the price, and is located at the Event Centre. On-site catering will be available on the Friday evening and Saturday morning providing hearty evening meals and breakfast pick-me-ups for competitors (these are optional extras).


Scrambled egg sandwich? Breakfast time in the tent

Scrambled egg sandwich? Breakfast time in the tent. ©Steve Ashworth


The final event details, location of the event area and directions to the Event Centre will be confirmed ~1 month before the event.


The Nature of the Event

Each competitor will be issued with a bespoke race map at the start of each day. The map will be 1:30,000 scale and approximate A3 size. It will be pre-marked with all the controls specific to your course. Control Descriptions (e.g. stream junction, sheepfold) are also printed on this map.


Competitors receive their pre-marked maps at the start line and typically spend a few minutes planning their next move.

Competitors receive their pre-marked maps at the start line and typically spend a few minutes planning their next move. ©Steve Ashworth


At registration on the Friday evening or Saturday morning, competitors will be able to view a Master Map of the competition area which will give a full overview of the event area being used plus provide details of any out-of-bounds areas, map corrections etc; the event Master Map will not be over-printed with any control points.

Overnight Campsite on Saturday night

The Overnight Camp location is only revealed to you as your race map is handed to you on the start line on Saturday morning! This will typically be remote – expect drinking water to be from streams (we recommend treating this) unless otherwise informed. Portable toilets are provided.

Space a-plenty to pitch your tent at the overnight camp. Sun has been booked.

Space a-plenty to pitch your tent at the overnight camp. Sun has been booked. ©Steve Ashworth


Competitors will be tackling some very challenging mountain terrain in potentially very poor weather. If you are not competent and confident when moving across steep, rough mountain terrain, you will inevitably spend longer on the hills than anticipated. In view of this, competitors are asked to make a realistic assessment of their capabilities when choosing a course.

Competitors should be prepared for the worst possible conditions as the competition area can be isolated and the hills are exposed to serious weather. Bear in mind that once competitors have started they are very much on their own. Although the organisers will ensure that the event is as safe as possible, they will not diminish the nature of the challenge. Therefore, safety is ultimately the competitor’s personal responsibility, just as it is with any trip into the hills.



Self-sufficiency extends to sourcing water – en-route (definitely) and at the Overnight Campsite (likely) water will be from streams. It is each competitor’s personal responsibility to boil and/or purify all water they consume; if competitors choose not to treat water this is entirely at their own risk.


Filling up en-route from streams

Filling up en-route from streams ©Steve Ashworth


Competitors should prepare for the ROC Mountain Marathon™ by training and running on mountain terrain where possible and by practicing fine map reading and compass skills.


Previous Events

Check out previous event maps

  • 2018 – 12th ROC Mountain Marathon – The Northern Fells, Lake District
  • 2017 – 11th ROC Mountain Marathon – Black Combe, Lake District
  • 2016 – 10th Rab Mountain Marathon – Mallerstang, Yorkshire Dales
  • 2015 – 9th Rab Mountain Marathon – Carneddau & Glyerau, Snowdonia
  • 2014 – 8th Rab Mountain Marathon – Longsleddale, Lake District
  • 2013 – 7th Rab Mountain Marathon – Derwent Fells, Lake District
  • 2012 – 6th Rab Mountain Marathon – Cheviots Hills
  • 2011 – 5th Rab Mountain Marathon – Carneddau, Snowdonia
  • 2010 – 4th Rab Mountain Marathon – Eastern Lake District
  • 2009 – 3rd Rab Mountain Marathon – Howgills
  • 2008 – 2nd Rab Mountain Marathon – Back o’ Skiddaw, Lake District
  • 2007 – 1st Rab Mountain Marathon – Coniston, Lake District


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