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Next Meet

"Wild Camping"

1st - 3rd March 2013

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AGM. Portland D136.
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Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am

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This year MPS entered 2 teams into LAMM:

Ben and Hayden into C class

Greg and Joe into B class. (Joe isn't a club member, but a friend of Gregs from pre-uni days).

For those that don't know what LAMM is, it stands for the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon'. As the name suggests, it is a race through the mountains, which involves as much running as the competitors are capable of, otherwise walking. It is usual for fell runners to walk steep uphill, jog flatish sections or shallower gradients and run the downhills. Mountain marathons are typically spread over 2 days, and due to the large amounts of accent, distances are different to that of a normal road marathon. Mountain Marathons also involve elements of navigation; sensible navigation decisions are crucial to the success of a team; a mistake in navigation or a poor strategy decision will cost the team unnecessary energy.

LAMM 2011 took place in the Ben Dearg area, this is a remote area East of Ullapool which consists of generally boggy terrain in the glens and rocky terrain on the higher ridges. On a large scale, the center of the area has a complex network of crags. The Mid-camp, as always was in a remote location, typically a Glen overshadowed by hills on all sides. Apparently the place was so inaccessible this year that the person who dropped off the porter loos said if he had realized how difficult the access would have been he would have refused the job! In the past, porter loos have been delivered by helicopter. My advice to anyone doing LAMM is too use the slit trenches dug out, because the length of ques to the few loos, are not worth it!

You can read more about LAMM on the website:

Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM)


So Ben, Hayden and Greg set out from Nottingham on friday and deciding the best strategy would be to take a day over the driving. We met Chris Burn at Penrith, who had caught the train up from London, he ran Elite this year with a friend who lives on the Isle of Skye. (Chris Burn is an old member). Joe flew up to Inverness, and picked up a hire car, which Greg and Joe kept for the following week and stayed up in Scotland.

We all had a pretty fun weekend, in the pain of the running, and all have retrospective satisfaction; type 2 fun, as Brannock would say. This is definitely the best type of fun in my opinion (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to discover this type of fun, and enrich your life - ask me (Greg) or anyone else of committee!)

Results..... (overall)

Chris and Francis - 11:45:45 - 3rd place. (out of 20)

Ben and Hayden - 10:58:17 - 22nd place. (out of 102)

Greg and Joe - 12:55:54 - 49th place. (out of 63)

Congratulations to everyone who took part, everyone did their best!

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