The arrival of the thundering rain in the early hours of Saturday morning signified it was time for the OMM to begin. With the 800m Broadlaw summit standing directly in front of them, competitors collected their maps and scattered into the hills following their chosen routes. The location of the overnight camp at Manor Head was one of the best yet, completely enclosed by 600m peaks and giving a real sense of solitude. Course planner Mike Stuart commented; “one of the best overnight camp locations for a long time”.
As competing pairs squeezed into the smallest tents they could carry, the weather cleared to leave a crisp enough evening to see remainging runeers dotted amongst the hillside. A calm atmosphere descended over the camp as teams recovered from a tough first day - an outstanding performance to make it to the overnight camp! Notable mentions include Kim Collison & Adam Perry leading the elite class by seven minutes over Nicholas Barber & Jimm Mann. Also, David Bufton & George Chilcott leading tough C course.
A lone piper making his way through the camp heralded dawns' arrival and, as the pipes echoed, stoves boiled and runners bagan dismantling the tented village in the mountains. The event continued as maps were collected at the start line and they headed off into 400 sqkm of course area. Day 2 brought with it blie skies and made for an ideal day to be in the Scottish hills.
With so many outstanding performances across the whole field, from Kim Collison & Adam Perry winning the elite class to welcoming 19 new members of the exclusive 20 Year OMM Club and 5 new members of the 30 Year OMM Club , this years is one to remember. OMM would like to thank all competitors and the 100 plus volunteers that make this such a special event.
“Our first OMM event and, to be honest, we didn’t know what to expect. We have been blown away by all the friendly people, the amazing marshals, and the way the event was run. To top it off, we came 61st overall in the medium score and came in 26th today. Can’t wait for the next one!”
“Thanks to everyone involved for a great weekend; OMM at it’s best with excellent maps, amazing location and tough terrain”
Next year OMM will be heading south and entries are open now on the OMM website.
All Photos courtesy of OMM