OMM 2011 Shop and Event Update

Report by Dave MacFarlane
Wednesday 26th October 2011

The 2011 Original Mountain Marathon is filling up rapidly, but there are still some places left in all categories. The 2011 event is being held in the hills between Loch Tay and Loch Earn west of Perth.


With 17 previous OMM's behind him and having been a key instructor at this year's Plas -y-Brenin OMM Training Weekend Tim Higginbottom said: ‘This year's OMM looks like it's going to be the usual hard fought battle attracting the best teams from across the country and beyond. The area is a mouth-watering prospect for navigators - intricate contour detail coupled with tough terrain and not a road in sight, it's going to be tough if the cloud's down. The OMM is never an easy race to win and Chris and I are as hungry as ever to get our first win in this race - it's been too elusive so far and we plan to put this right this year - but so are all the others! One thing's for sure it's going to be long, hard and hopefully enjoyable, but maybe only after we've finished!'


planetFear are the official retail partner of this year's OMM event. We will have a substantial shop on-site with a comprehensive range of OMM kit, we will be stocking the full kit-list, so anything you've forgotten or need to replace can be purchased at the on-site shop.
We will have a Terra Nova tent display, showcasing their range of lightweight tents suitable for mountain marathons and fast and light sports.

A range of new headtorches from Silva.

Inov8 will be offering clearance deals on footwear and will have a substantial range of their styles with them and additionally the Inov8 team will be around to answer your barefoot running questions.

Science In Sport, better known as SIS will be on hand to keep you fuelled up for the weekend's event.

Adventure Medical Kits, Sea to Summit and Bridgedale will be showcasing some of their key products.

We will be offering up to 50% off clearance lines of stock from brands such as Arc'teryx, Rab, Berghaus, Pearl Izumi, Mountain Hardwear and Marmot plus other key brands.

Further last minute details from the organisers follow:

Event Weather Forecast:

Saturday 29th October: Temp: 8/9 °c. Rain with some cloud and sunshine. Wind speed up to 20/28mph.

Sunday 30th October: Temp: 8/9 °c. Rain with cloud. Wind speed up to 28/30 mph.

News from Jen.

Please help our Officials to set up Camp on the Friday morning by NOT arriving before 13.00 hours. Food will be available at the Camp from 13.00 hours with Registration opening at 15.00 hours. If you do arrive early there are several cafes, pubs in Comrie serving refreshments. Also the Wildlife Centre has an excellent restaurant .
Please note all the fields surrounding the Camp are Out of Bounds to all Competitors.
We have been asked to advise you by the Highways Agencies that in the case of icy weather the only road that is gritted around Comrie is the A85. The B8062 between Crieff and Comrie may be closed on the weekend of the Event please avoid.

Transport Information:

Update of public transport, after analysing all the information you have provided the situation is as follows.
The following are NOT available due to insufficient support:-

1) 19.55hr & 21.55hr buses from Perth

2) Car Parking in Perth If you are stopping in accommodation overnight on the Friday, please check if you can leave your vehicle there. If not, Perth & Kinross Council suggest Canal Street multi storey car park which offers 24 hour secure parking. Approximate cost £16.

3) The 16.30 hours airport bus to Edinburgh. Anyone applying as been found alternative transport.

4) Any coaches from Bristol/Birmingham and Preston

5) Pack Your Bags Travel have cancelled their coach from London.
The following is available :

1) The 16.00 hrs bus from Cultybraggan Camp back to Perth. This will go from outside the Event Headquarters building.

2) Camping and Car parking at Cultybraggan Camp

3) The Mini Bus will meet all arrivals on the 15aA/15bus from Perth please alight at the 2nd stop in Comrie at Dalginross.

4) On Sunday please catch the coaches going back to Comrie that are ferrying competitors back from the Finish. These will leave from outside the Event Headquarters and drop you off at the bus stop .
Motorhomes: The parking for motorhomes is at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Comrie, Perthshire. PH6 2JE There are water and toilets available in the restaurant please follow signs. You may register first at Cultybraggan Camp on the Friday before parking at the Wildlife Centre. If you require transport down to the Event Headquarters on the Friday Evening then please advise the marshal who is directing car parking at the Wildlife Centre and he will contact the mini bus to come and collect you.

On Saturday morning the Mini bus will collect from outside the Wildlife Centre restaurant at the following times.
06.00 06.30 07.15 08.15 08.45 09.45 hours


Linear Courses B C & D

Normally in planning the Linear Course our planning team plans for 60% of the distance to be covered on Day 1. With having to bus competitors to the start, start times are later then normal, in order to ensure that all teams can complete before dark only 50% of the distance will be covered on Day 1. This of course means that Day 2 will be longer! 


Website Results:

Due to the remoteness of the Saturday overnight campsite the results on Saturday will not be published on our web site until late Saturday evening. On Sunday the results will be updated on a regular basis throughout the day.

Chasing Starts on Sunday Morning.

There will be a chasing start on Sunday morning for both Female and Mixed Teams for the first hour. This will work in the same way as the normal chasing start i.e. the fastest Female/Mixed team on Day 1 will go of at 07.00 hrs In the case of the Score Class it will be the top 5 teams with the most points who will be set of at randomly in the first hour. Please ensure to check if you are in the chasing start at the overnight campsite.



Day 2 Finish

After finishing at the end of Day 2 in Comrie and after you have been refreshed you will be required to walk 600 metres to catch buses back to the Camp. Details of where the bus stop is will be marked on your map. This will mean you leaving the finish field through the small gate by the side of the gate you have just finished through and following the same route that you have just finished on for the first 100 metres. We will tape off a path but please give priority to teams who are finishing. At the peak times there may be queues for the buses and we recommend for those who feel able that they walk back to the Camp along the Main Road. There is a path marked on the map following the river but we have been advised that this is a delicate state and anyone using it MUST follow the marked route and not venture onto any of the fields.


General Information:

Fuel Supplies: Optimus Gas which uses a 50% butane mix and is much more efficient than other gases using a 50% propane mix, will be available at the planetFear shop. 

Meths will also be available from the shop.

Sports Therapist:

Before and after the OMM why not take advantage of planetFear's in house Sports Therapist. Ian Kellett. ICHFST is an ex-professional sportsman and sports therapist with nearly 20 years experience and specialises in muscular injuries. Sessions are £25/half hour. Book a session here.

N.B. Clocks go back on Saturday night.

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