RULES  (including kit requirements)

  1. This event is held in accordance with the rules and safety requirements of the Fell Runners Association. It will be assumed that you have read, and accepted, these rules.   All competitors must sign agree to the SLMM Disclaimer by editing their entry and accepting the terms on the Si entries site. The following additional rules and minimum kit requirements must also be adhered to by all entrants.
  2. All competitors must report to the finish and hand in their SPORTident card as soon as possible, especially if they are retiring. This is a vital safety check. Failure to do so could result in a mountain rescue call out, and may result in a life time ban from the SLMM
  3. All competitors must follow the Countryside Code. In particular it is forbidden to climb maintained walls or fences. Enclosed farmland may only be crossed on a public right of way.
  4. The competition map may have Out of Bounds areas, Uncrossable Boundaries and Crossing Points marked on it. These must all be respected. An Uncrossable Boundary may not mean it is physically uncrossable, but crossing it is deemed to be in breach of the rules and will lead to disqualification.
  5. Any competitor who acts in a manner that brings the event into disrepute or endangers another competitor, marshal or member of the public will receive a lifetime ban from the SLMM.
  6. There is a minimum age limit on the Bedafell, Wansfell and Harter Fell courses of 14, on Carrock Fell of 16, and on the Kirkfell, Scafell and Fairfield of 18.
  7. A junior runner is one who is under 18 on the Saturday of the event. Where one of the two runners is under 18, the other runner must be 21 or over and must be the “accompanying adult” appointed by the parent or guardian of the junior runner.
  8. Where the “accompanying adult” is not the parent or guardian of the junior runner the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon Parental/Guardian Consent Form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian. This document can be found here.
  9. Every pair must remain together, with all of their equipment, at all times except in the event of an emergency. This means within voice and visual contact. Both team members must visit every control.
  10. If one team member retires then the second team member must also retire and accompany his/her team mate back to the HQ.
  11. No dogs are allowed on the competition area, as it is sheep farming land.
  12. The use of GPS, GPS phones or any satellite navigation devices are not permitted. Barometric altimeters are allowed. Mobile phones may be carried for emergency use and for use of camera function only on the courses. Anyone using such a device for navigation purposes will be disqualified. A GPS tracker may be used to record a competitor’s track, for use after the event.
  13. Milk, beer and other drinks will be available for cash purchase at the mid-way Camp. Otherwise, competitors must carry all of their other food with them. Meals will be provided at the conclusion of Sunday’s courses.
  14. The veterans handicap is open to teams who are both 45 or older.
  15. EMERGENCIES – in the event of a serious accident ensure that the casualty is in a safe position. Put him/her in a sleeping bag in a tent. Try to obtain assistance from other competitors. Take note of the exact location (grid reference), telephone for help, or send a runner to summon help.


Each individual competitor must wear or carry, as a minimum the following at all times :

Footwear suitable for use in the mountains. Fell running/Trail shoes or boots with a minimum tread depth of 4mm.

  • Rucksack
  • Sleeping bag with insulation (liner only insufficient) or integrated sleep system made by recognised manufacturer.
  • Survival Bag – a Bag NOT a Space Blanket.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood and waterproof over trousers (not shower proof materials – see FAQ’s for more details)
  • The following items of technical clothing (not cotton)
    •  Full length trousers/ tights/ leggings
    • T-shirt/base layer
    • Long sleeved mid layer
  • Hat (can include Buff)  & gloves
  • Torch (suitable for emergency night navigation)
  • Compass & Whistle
  • Watch or other means of timekeeping.
  • Waterproof pen / pencil, capable of marking your course onto wet plastic. See FAQs for recommendations
  • Paper
  • Map provided by SLMM
  • SPORTident dibber (provided and attached by us before you start)


  • Tent with integrated groundsheet, poles and pegs (includes hooped bivi with these characteristics), large enough to accommodate both runners.
  • Stove & fuel, matches/lighter – with Emergency fuel remaining at the end of Day 2 sufficient to boil 500ml of water
  • Food for 2 days including your Emergency food (minimum 150 kcals per person) which you will still have with you when you finish Day 2. If you have eaten your Emergency food before the Finish then you will have experienced an Emergency and consequently be assumed to have retired.
  • Plasters and bandage

The equipment listed above is the minimum you are required to carry. In bad weather you should consider carrying additional items of clothing. If you are in any doubt as to what might be acceptable within these rules either take additional items or ask us before you start. Kit checks will be made and we reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in our opinion, do not have the necessary kit to survive an emergency situation out on the hills.

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