Regular readers will remember my article about the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM), an event I took part in this time last year. The OMM (www.theomm.com) is a 2-day Mountain event, held in a different region across the UK every year. This year it was based in the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons. Undertaken in pairs, the event tests each team’s fitness, equipment, navigational skill and ability to traverse mountainous terrain in safety, over a period of two days. From the start to the finish on the second day, including the overnight camp, the team is a self-sufficient unit, responsible for its own safety and well-being. Outside help cannot be sought or accepted, unless the team has retired or is seeking help in an emergency. The only provisions at the overnight camp are drinking water and portaloos!
Last year the weather was so bad on the Saturday that we didn’t manage to complete our course, just about making it to the overnight camp before darkness. Thankfully this year the weather was much better with the exception of about 1 hour on the Saturday when it snowed and we managed to complete both days. In fact, the most challenging part of this year’s event was the camping ‘leg’ due to the cold – I got to the stage where I was wearing 9 layers and still didn’t feel warm. Of course, I had no-one to blame but myself as I’d been persuaded by a friend that sleeping on a thin layer of carpet underlay was a good idea in the interests of carrying a bit less weight. Never again will I do the OMM without an airbed!
I think we covered approximately 70km over the 2 days. We finished with an overall time of 13 hours and 38 minutes, placing us 17th out of 58 overall in the A Class. We look forward to the 2019 edition!
Richard Pigott is a Director at Planning & Design Practice
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