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Runners in the Original Mountain Marathon.

Runner on the fells during the 2008 OMM. Source OMM.

Formerly known as the Karrior International Mountain Marathon KIMM, the Original Mountain Marathon is said to be the forerunner of adventure racing. From its inception in 1968, each year this legendary outdoor event has taken place in a different area of the UK. Whilst the region where the race is to take place is revealed early, the exact location is given out only a couple of months before the event takes place.

Mystery Surrounding Location of OMM 2012

This year the OMM will be taking place on the 27/28th October in the North of England.

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Entries Open for LAMM 2010

Entries are now open for the 2010 annual, two day mountain orienteering event, known as the LAMM: Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon.

Held every year in Scotland since 1994, LAMM is a trail running and orienteering event for pairs, with overnight camping at a remote location. To ensure fair competition and add an air of mystery the location is always kept secret until the last minute!

LAMM 2010 is to be held on Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th June 2010. The cost is £80 per team. In addition you must have a Sports Ident card. To enter the 2010 LAMM event and buy a Sports Ident card, click here.

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This coming weekend (6 to 10th of June) all the top orienteers will be turning their attention to Salo, Finland, for the 2009 Nordic Orienteering Championships. This event takes place in a different Scandinavian country every year. It is a highly competitive event with technically challenging orienteering races. The event also has races that are open to the public. It has been organised by the NOC2009 Organizing Committee and Finnish orienteering club Angelniemen Ankkuri.

World Champion Orienteer Graham Gristwood will be representing the UK. In an interview with CheapTents.com in March this year, he told us that

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Fresh from his victory in the UK Cup competition at the 2009 British Orienteering Championships, British and World Champion Orienteer Graham Gristwood has kindly agreed to an interview with the CheapTents.com outdoor sports blog.

Orienteering World Champion!

Born in 1984, Graham Gristwood lives in the UK and Sweden. He is a member of the Great Britain Orienteering Squad and also runs for IFK Lidingö SOK.

In the Czech Republic at the 2008 Orienteering World Championships, Graham Gristwood, Jon Duncan and Jamie Stevenson won a gold medal for Great Britain in the Men’s Relay Event.

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Orienteering in the New Forest

The British Orienteering Championships 2009 are being held this weekend in the New Forest. It is nearly 30 years since the British Championships were last held in the beautiful countryside of the New Forest. The weather forecast for the weekend is currently for cloud and a maximum temperature of 10 °C.

If you would like to find out more about the sport of orienteering, please see our Introduction to Orienteering.

Orienteering World Champions

Orienteering World Champions with Gold Medals

Orienteering World Champions. Source: Soren Andersson.

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What is orienteering?

According to British Orienteering, the National Governing Body for the sport of orienteering in the United Kingdom,

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which takes place in varying terrain over various distances. The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. The standard orienteering distance is known as a ‘classic or long distance’ race however modernisation of the sport has introduced the ‘middle distance’ race and ‘sprint distance’ race.

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The iRoc Race is a new race set-up by inov8, a UK company specialising in trail running shoes for UK running conditions.

The iRoc race is an adventure race relying on competitors to run, mountain bike and find their own way around a course.  We think this is great news considering how it will put a prominent race towards the end of what is known as the trail running season.

More about the race from iRoc and inov-8:

Uniquely each of the races will have a mass start and will pass back through the event village at least once before finishing. This will ensure that iROC offers the best adventure race spectating ever seen in the UK.

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Entries Open for LAMM

Following our recent blog article about the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, it is now possible to submit entries for the 2009 event. This can be done using the SPORTident Online Entry System which can be found via the LAMM website.

The LAMM event will be taking place in the Scottish Highlands on 6th/7th June 2009. It is a two-day Mountain Orienteering Competition for pairs with overnight campsite. The location is secret but it is expected to be 3½-4Hrs Drive North of Glasgow/Edinburgh!

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Orienteering in the Scottish Highlands

The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) is an annual two day mountain orienteering event for pairs, with overnight camping at a remote location. It is held in the high mountains of Scotland, at a secret location.

Next year’s LAMM event will be held in the Scottish Highlands on the weekend of 6th/7th June 2009. It will be possible to register for this event in early November, via the LAMM website. Competition for places in the LAMM is keen. The organisers strongly recommend an early entry to avoid disappointment.

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