We're excited to be supporting The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) again this year. A two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants.
Visit the SLMM site for full info and entry
We'll be there in person with the big Alp-tipi to give you a bit of encouragement at the beginning and at Saturday's half-way camp, and there'll be more than a few of us competing too: tending to our respective blisters and sharing stories of navigational mishaps.
The SLMM is a great event with a relaxed atmosphere (optional beers and milk at overnight camp!); So if you've not tried a mountain marathon before, then this makes an ideal place to start.
The event comprises 7 courses for pairs of runners of which 2 are also open for experienced solo competitors. The first day finishes at a mid-way campsite. Competitors must carry the lightweight camping and safety equipment listed in the rules. Competitors need to be competent in the use of map and compass in the mountains. Many checkpoints require accurate navigation, which is even more important in misty conditions.
The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon is organised by Lakeland Events Community Interest Company. Any surplus generated by the event will be distributed to registered charities that support access to the mountain environment and the wellbeing of our competitors.
For more advice and get you going, check out our Mountain Marathon Top-Tips.