Courses

Summary of SLMM courses

 

NOTE: Distances and climbs are estimated for the 2019 event, which will be held on relatively fast terrain.

Course Mountain Marathon Experience Approx. total distance over 2 days on best route(km) Approx. total climb over 2 days on best route(m) Total 2 day time for team finishing midway down the results

(hrs)

 
Scafell Expert 72 4300 16.0
Kirkfell Advanced 56 3300 14.0
Carrock Fell Experienced 50 2800 12.0
Harter Fell Suitable for new entrant 41 2600 11.0
Wansfell Suitable for new entrant 35 2000 10.0
Bedafell Suitable for new entrant 35 2000 10.0
Fairfield Experienced N/A -Score Course 12.0

Choosing a course –Please read below before entering

General

All our courses are designed to provide a test of fitness and navigational skills and also to take competitors into remote and interesting parts of the chosen area. They provide a progression from relatively easy courses to extremely challenging courses. As a general rule, the longer the course selected then: the more difficult it is to navigate to controls (checkpoints); the rougher the terrain becomes; the more difficult it becomes to select the best route between controls.

As most teams will be travelling home on the Sunday, they want to finish reasonably early on Sunday, so we design the length of courses so that Sunday’s course will be shorter than Saturday’s. (Approx. 60%/40%) Exact distances that the competitor travels, and the times taken, are obviously beyond our control, so these guidelines should only be taken as a rough guide.

When assessing which course to choose we would ask you to look carefully at the descriptions below. Historic results and course descriptions are useful but be wary of the lengths and height climbed figures quoted for past events. These were straight line distances, rather than distance actually travelled.  The distances quoted below, and in the future, will be the Course Planner’s calculation of best actual route. Generally, we would encourage you to be cautious in your first event and feel it is much better for you to finish successfully, having enjoyed the weekend and thinking you could have coped with more, than fail to complete your course.

To those used to running on the road, or even in trail races, the distances covered each day look very short but there are some very important factors you should not overlook and each of these can increase the time significantly. When you put them all together it adds up to a lot more time spent out on the fells. Don’t assume that you can travel at the same speed as experienced and leading mountain marathon competitors. It takes some years to acquire the skills needed to achieve these speeds. Here are some of the factors that will affect your speed:-

  • Each course contains a great deal of ascent and obviously a corresponding amount of descent, often on rough ground. You need to add extra time for ascending and descending. Unless you know your speed, think about something in the region of 500m climb per hour
  • Unless you are very experienced competitor you are unlikely to choose the optimal route. So you will travel further than the Course Planner’s selected route.
  • Unless they have good orienteering type experience, inexperienced competitors are likely to lose time in locating controls (checkpoints) and, as a course contains 8-10 controls, this time can easily add up.
  • You need to factor in the time taken to eat, adjust your clothing, read the map, etc. It’s amazing how much extra time this can take.
  • There is a compounding effect of tiredness so the longer you are out, the slower you will go. As you tire physically, you are likely to do so mentally so your navigation and route choice is likely to deteriorate.
  • Finally, and maybe most importantly-if you are in a team then you are only as fast as the person who is slowest at any given time. So when you look at the courses, it goes without saying that you need to choose the one most suitable for the slowest.

With those points in mind, here are the courses. First the line courses and then a score course for experienced competitors only. A line course requires you to visit a set of controls in a given order and the winner is the team that completes the course in the shortest time.  With a score course, you are given a set of controls, each with a points value allocated to it. The objective is to gain maximum points by choosing which controls to visit in a set number of hours.

If you recently finished in the top 25% of a course, then we would suggest you consider moving up a course at the next event. If you finish in the lower 25% we would suggest moving down a course and if you win a course you will not be eligible for a prize in the next event unless it is in a higher course.

Competitors who wish to enter any course other than Wansfell, Bedafell and Harter Fell will be required to provided details of prior experience at the time of entry.

Detailed Course Descriptions

 

WANSFELL CLASS(Line course for airs-Estimated total winning time over 2 days 6.0 -7.0 hours).

This is the course to enter if you have no previous experience of Mountain Marathons. Participants must have good hill experience and basic navigational skills. Control features will be reasonably easy to identify on the ground (sheep pens, summits, stream and path junctions) and will be placed where simple navigational techniques can be used (handrails and catching features). Competitor should be able to cover the majority of their route by following paths, walls, ridges, streams and rough compass bearings. Entrants must be over 14 years old . Where one of the two runners is under 18 years old, the other runner must be the parent, guardian or “accompanying adult” of the junior runner.

Do not underestimate this course based on the winning times and distances. Wansfell can still involve full day on the fells for many first time mountain marathoners

Approx. Course lengths       Saturday                     Sunday                        Total

Distance                                  21km                           14km                           35km

Vertical Ascent                      1200m                         800m                          2000m

 BEDAFELL CLASS (Line course for pairs comprising adult and Junior-Estimated total winning 6.0-7.0hrs)This course is exactly the same as Wansfell above but is specifically for adult/junior (usually parent /child) entrants who wish to compete with an age based handicap. Each team must have one junior, that is someone who is a least 14 years old, but less than 18. on Day 1 of the event. The other team member is the parent or guardian. Participants must have good hill experience and proven navigational skills. In calculating winners’ times, each team will be given a handicap, dependent upon the age of the junior member. (See FAQs for more details)

Approx. Course lengths       Saturday                      Sunday                      Total

Distance                                  21km                           14km                           35km

Vertical Ascent                      1200m                         800m                          2000m

HARTER FELL CLASS (Line course for pairs- Estimated total winning time 7.0-8.0 hrs) This course is longer than Wansfell and requires more navigational skills and route choice. It is still suitable for first time entrants provided they have a good level of fitness, good hill experience and proven navigational skills Entrants must be over 14 years old. Where one of the two runners is under 18, the other runner must be the parent, guardian or “accompanying adult” of the junior runner.

Approx. Course lengths          Saturday                      Sunday                        Total

Distance                                      26km                           15km                           41km

Vertical Ascent                         1400m                         1200m                        2600m

CARROCK FELL CLASS (Line course for pairs- Estimated total winning time 8.0-9.0 hrs.

Equivalent to OMM/ROC Course C)

Both team members should have good mountain navigation experience and at least one participant must have completed a recognised Mountain Marathon in the past 5 years.  Entrants must be over 16. Where one of the two runners is under 18, the other runner must be the parent, guardian or “accompanying adult” of the junior runner.

Approx. Course lengths          Saturday                      Sunday                        Total

Distance                                     30km                            20km                           50km

Vertical Ascent                        1600m                         1200m                           2800m

KIRKFELL CLASS (Line course for pairs- Estimated total winning time 9.0-10.0 hrs Equivalent to OMM/ROC B)

Both competitors must have substantial mountain experience and one person at least from the pair must within the last 5 years either:

  • completed a Kirkfell Equivalent Course (or higher), or
  • completed one course lower and finished within the top 50% of those starting the course

Kirkfell Equivalent Course

  • SLMM Kirkfell, OMM B, OMM Combined, ROC B, LAMM B, LAMM C, LAMM D

Finishing in top 50% of starting numbers of following events also qualifies

  • SLMM Carrock Fell, SLMM Fairfield, ROC C, ROC Long or Short Score, OMM C, OMM Long, Medium or Short Score

Entrants must be over 16. Where one of the two runners is under 18, the other runner must be the parent, guardian or “accompanying adult” of the junior runner.

Approx. Course lengths          Saturday                      Sunday                    Total

Distance                                  34km                               22km                           54km

Vertical Ascent                        2000m                         1300m                    3300m

Note to regular SLMM entrants– Expected winning time has been increased in length by around 30 minutes from previous years targets.

SCAFELL CLASS New course for 2019 (Line course for pairs or expert solo runners-Estimated winning time 10.5-11.5 hrs. Equivalent to OMM/ROC A/Elite)

All competitors (Solo and each member of a team) must within the last 5 years either:

  • completed an Equivalent Course
  • completed one course lower and finished within the top 25% of those starting the course

Scafell Equivalent Courses

  • SLMM KLETS, SLMM Pillar, OMM Elite, OMM A, ROC Elite, ROC A, LAMM Elite, LAMM A, LAMMB,

Finishing in top 25% of starting numbers of following events also qualifies

  • SLMM Bowell, SLMM Fairfield, ROC A, ROC Long Score, OMM B, OMM Long Score

Approx. Course lengths          Saturday                      Sunday                    Total

Distance                                     42km                           30km                           72km

Vertical Ascent                        2500m                         1800m                    4300m

 

FAIRFIELD CLASS (Score course for pairs or experienced solos- Total time 12 hours split 7 hours on Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday)

Any solo competitor or, at least once competitor in a team, must have completed a Mountain Marathon event within the last 5 years. Entrants must be over 18 years of age

Course Format

  • At the Start on Day 1, the competitor will be issued with a list of all relevant controls for the two days. Each control will have a points value allocated to it. You should plan your course for each day in order to accumulate as many points as possible during the two days. You will not gain points for visiting a control that you visited on Saturday, again on Sunday.
  • Your time allowance will be 7 hours on Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday.
  • You must camp at the designated overnight campsite on Saturday. This is where your timing will end on Saturday and begin again on Sunday. If you exceed your time allowance on either day you will have penalty points deducted (See FAQ’s for details).
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