The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) is a two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants.

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.

The Essentials

Beginner’s guide to Mountain Marathons-please read before entering any event

A Mountain Marathon is a navigational event taking place in high and rough ground where competitors, make their way between a series of specific checkpoints over two days, with a break at an overnight camp. Competitors must carry all the equipment necessary to camp, feed themselves and cope with adverse weather conditions. A Mountain Marathon [...]

Mountain Marathon advice from Steve Birkinshaw

[Steve is presented with trophy for winning SLMM Scafell Solo course in 2019 by Nicky Spinks, who is also competing in the 2021 Saunders] When you think of mountain marathons you tend to think pretty quickly of Steve Birkinshaw. The gentle man of steel, most famously known for breaking the thirty-six-year record for the Wainwrights […]

Entry Fees

Prior to midnight on 31st March 2021 - £65 per individual entry or £130 per team of two. 1st April 2021 onwards - £75 per individual entry or £150 per team of two. If under 25 on 4th July 2020-£50 per individual entry or £100 per team if both members U25.

Things people bring on the SLMM- and things they wished they hadn’t!

We asked 2018 competitors to let us know if there was something , other than Mandatory Kit that was particularly useful, or something they didn't take but wish they had taken.The list turned out to be a lot longer than expected!     Sun cream A wide brimmed sun hat Sun block Midge head net [...]

Refunds, Team changes and Deferrals

TEAM AND COURSE CHANGES Team and course changes will not be allowed at the event this year.  You can change partner up until 26th June by editing the Si entry yourself. If you wish to change courses, then you should contact the organiser prior to 26th June. No course changes will be available after this […]

What the entry fee includes

A choice of 6 line and one score format courses; ideal for novice to experienced runners alike Bespoke, high-quality, waterproof 1:25,000 pre-printed Harvey’s  map for each team member A hot and hearty meal at the finish on Sunday with complimentary tea/coffee for all (see menu) Car parking at the event centre from Friday to Sunday [...]



Full list of Trophy Winners

Score Course Fairfield Points Pairs F Becky Raftery + Laura Daniel 585 M Ian Jones + Jeff Powell Davies 725 VET Barry McElearney + Keith Masson 737 MIX Eleanor Johnstone + Jack Redvers Harris 755 Solos F Sarah Rowell 510 M Mark Clarkson 765 VET Mark Seddon 770 Linear Courses Planners Route distance/ascent Time Scafell […]

2021 SLMM Race Reports from Officials

Report from Event Organiser and Race Director (submitted to Fellrunner Magazine) The 42nd Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon was held on 3/4th  July in the North WestLake District with the event centre at Gatesgarth and the overnight camp at Seathwaite. Our thanks to Robert Wilkinson and Peter Edmondson respectively. The courses were planned by Julie and […]

SLMM 2021 Final Details

KEY DATES Friday 18th JuneThe first date by which you can complete your Online Registration for the event.  It is compulsory to do this.  See below. Friday 25th JuneFinal date for team or course changes Sunday 27th June The final date by which you must complete Registration online. If you miss this date you will not be allowed […]

Catering Arrangements, including drinks at overnight camp

We have two catering firms present at the event, Podium Catering and Barrett Events. They will both be providing the Sunday meal which is in your race entry and the menu can be found here. Both firms will be catering on the Friday night and will take advance orders in online shops from next week […]

Advice on Saunders footwear from inov-8

Top footwear tips from inov-8 With the Saunders Mountain marathon only a little more than a month away, we caught up with Dr Bodil Oudshoorn, inov-8 footwear product manager, for some tips on footwear for the event. What do you look for in your shoes during a mountain marathon? In multi-day events like the Saunders, […]

2021 Covid related measures

Currently, we believe that the event can go ahead, as long as the planned Government/Local Authority restrictions do not change.  But, as these can change without warning , the event could still be cancelled at short notice.  Please be assured that the safety of our competitors, volunteers and the local community will be at the […]

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