Marmot Dark Mountains Marathon
25 - 26 Jan 2020
Marmot Dark Mountains™ takes the classic two-day mountain marathon format and gives it a dark twist. Rather than two days of running with an overnight camp in between, we pack everything into one winter’s night! This challenging event takes place on the last weekend of January each year (25-26th January in 2020) and, like most regular mountain marathons, is a pairs event. The Event is based on a mountain marathon format with Elite, A, B, C, Long, Medium, and Short Score courses. Starting on the Saturday evening, the longest courses set off first for dusk-to-dawn racing. The shorter courses set off later in the evening with the aim of most competitors finishing within an hour or so of each other the following Sunday morning. This makes for an exciting finale as all the competitors converge on the finish as dawn breaks. Courses remain open until 1100 on the Sunday so there is sufficient time for everyone to complete their course and share in the success. There will be a hearty breakfast and hot drinks for everyone as they finish. Competitors may also sleep at the event centre (which we recommend) before travelling home.
2020 DATE & EVENT SCHEDULE The 8th Marmot Dark Mountains™ will be held on the night of Saturday 25th January, finishing on the morning of Sunday 26th January 2020 January 2020 Exact venue location for joining instructions will be announced Tuesday 14th January Sunday 12th January 2020 Deadline for official event t-shirt orders Sunday 19th January 2020 Deadline for food orders Entries close (or earlier, as and when each course sells out - the event frequently sells out!). We will send all the competitors start times and final details soon after this date. Saturday 25th January 2020 1700 Registration and Car Parking opens (please do not arrive earlier than this) 1700-2100 Evening meal available (pre-orders only) 1900 First start 2200 Registration closes 2330 Last start Please allow a minimum of 1 hour to complete registration, kit check and walk to the start. Saturday Night / Sunday Morning Event in progress Sunday 26th January 2020 0500 First finishers expected 0600-1100 Finisher's Breakfast 0930 Prize giving 1100 Courses close
The Location 2020 will see us visit Snowdonia. This is the first time the event will have visited Wales, and we're delighted with the venue - a real don't miss! The Event Centre Will be revealed Tuesday 14th January 2020 alongside parking and venue details.
YOUR CLASS A team’s class is automatically assigned based on the details of each team member provided during the online entry process, such as age and gender. The different classes are: Open Category (Any team, of any gender, with both team members aged 18+) Female Category (All female teams, with both team members aged 18+) Male Category (All male teams, with both team members aged 18+) Mixed Category (All mixed-gender teams, with both team members aged 18+) Veteran Category (All teams, any gender, with both team members aged 45+) PRIZE CATEGORIES Prizes will be awarded to the following teams: 1st Overall Team (The overall winning team per course. Any gender, any age) 1st Female Team (The 1st Female team per course. Any age) 1st Male Team (The 1st Male team per course. Any age) 1st Mixed Team (The 1st Mixed team per course. Any Age) 1st Veteran Team (The 1st Veteran team as determined by the Veteran Handicap) We will also offer the following bonus prizes: 1st U21 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the Elite Course 1st U20 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the A Course 1st U19 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the B Course 1st U18 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the C Course Any U18 team completing the C or Short Score Course PRIZE ELIGIBILITY If a team is eligible for two prizes (for example 1st Overall and 1st Female Team) then they will be awarded both prizes. PREVIOUS COURSE WINNERS Other than the Elite and Long Score Courses, winners from previous years (1st Overall, 1st Mixed Team and 1st Female team) are ineligible for the same prize when competing on the same course. We reserve the right to determine a team's eligibility for a prize where one team member has previously won a prize, pairs up with another previously unplaced member and they enter the same or an easier course. EXPERIENCED UNDER 18S We will accept entries from experienced 16–17 year old pairs on the C Course, so that they can compete in the U18 British Mountain Marathon Championship. However, a parent must accompany them to registration and sign the Parental Consent Form and the team must have provided evidence of significant mountain running experience beforehand. Please contact us to check eligibility. Our minimum age requirement for this type of team is 16 years old on the first day of the event. UNDER 18S Less experienced 16–17 year olds are welcome to enter the C Course or Short Score when accompanied by a supervising parent/guardian aged 21 years or older. Our minimum age requirement for this type of team is 16 years old on the first day of the event. VETERANS HANDICAP PRIZE To decide the Veterans' Handicap Prize we are using an identical system to the other Mountain Marathons in the British Mountain Marathon Championship. The handicap system is based on the following criteria: A team is eligible for a Veterans' Handicap Score if both members are aged 45 or older on the Saturday of the event. This applies to both men and women. Only the age of the older team member is then considered for the Veterans' Handicap calculation. Female competitors are given an additional handicap equivalent to 10 years. The handicap percentage is then calculated as 1% for every year over the age of 45. Here are some examples: A team of two men aged 50 and 55 has a 10% handicap. A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 50 has a 15% handicap. A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 44 is not eligible. A team of two men aged 40 and 70 is not eligible. This is how the percentage handicap is used: For linear courses the total time over the two days is reduced by the handicap percentage. For score courses the total point score over the two days is increased by the handicap percentage. If the total point score over the two days is negative, no adjustment is made. Here are some examples: If the total time over two days on a linear course is 8 hours 30 minutes and the handicap is 10%, the time used for veteran results is 7 hours 39 minutes. If the total score over two days on a score course is 800 points and the handicap is 20%, the score used for veteran results is 960 points.
The weather in January could throw absolutely anything at the competitors and this is a major appeal of the Marmot Dark Mountains™ challenge. However, this does mean that participants need to be suitably equipped and they must carry most of the usual mountain marathon kit (including tent, sleeping bag, stove etc) so that if a team has a major problem we know that they can make themselves safe and warm until help arrives. MANDATORY PERSONAL KIT The following kit must be worn or carried by each competitor at all times: Waterproof jacket or smock (with taped seams and a hood) Waterproof trousers (with taped seams) Survival bag (not a blanket) Map (supplied) and compass Headtorch with spare batteries (with sufficient light to be able to navigate in the darkness - we recommend the Petzl Nao+) Whistle Food for 12 hours Spare/emergency warm top (such as an insulated ‘duvet’ jacket or warm, thick fleece. A spare top is not spare if it is being warn at the start) Hat and gloves suitable for the weather conditions (2 pairs are often required) Water bottle and / or hydration system Fell or mountain running shoes (road trainers are NOT acceptable and anyone in inappropriate footwear will be unable to start) Waterproof pen/pencil Rucksack Sleeping bag Sleeping mat Emergency rations (uneaten at the end of the event) POTENTIALLY MANDATORY PERSONAL KIT Note: Communication of this enforcement may be issued up to 48 hours ahead of the first start time. NEW FOR 2020: Ice Axe - we recommend the Petzl Ride Ice Axe NEW FOR 2020: Running shoe spikes / micro crampons or dobbed shoes - we recommend Kahtoola Microspikes We are not specifying exactly what clothing should be worn by competitors but expect competitors to make sensible choices based on the weather conditions on the day. It is worth noting that all the teams who finished the 2013 event - in extremely poor weather - had all opted to 'run hot', rather than risk being under-dressed. It is very difficult to warm up once you have become cold. If in any doubt wear and take extra clothing. ©iancorless.com.P1100134 Above: All teams are thoroughly kit checked at the start. All leading teams and a selection of random teams are kit checked at the finish. © Ian Corless MANDATORY TEAM KIT The following items must be carried by each team Tent – designed for two people with sewn in groundsheet First aid kit – that includes the minimum of triangular bandage, second bandage, wound dressing x2 and a roll of sticky tape Stove, fuel, matches/lighter, pan – with sufficient fuel to boil 1L of water Two Person Emergency Shelter / Bothy Bag / Kisu (a tent flysheet is not appropriate) GPS tracker (provided by the organisers) The addition of a two person Emergency Shelter / Bothy Bag / Kisu to the mandatory kit list was new for the 2014 event. This is because it has been noted that teams occasionally wait too long before deciding to retire or make camp in poor weather conditions, by which time their hands have become too cold and/or the weather is too poor for them to actually put up their tent. IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS The conditions underfoot are likely to be wet and boggy in some locations within the competition area. In winter conditions this means cold and wet feet are a distinct possibility for competitors. As such we would highly recommend using warm and waterproof socks and/or neoprene socks. Normal socks are NOT going to be sufficient for keeping your feet warm all night. OPTIONAL PERSONAL KIT Gaiters - full or ankle depending on conditions (especially in the case of snow) Mobile phone (although we recommend that all competitors carry a mobile phone there is no guarantee of phone reception) Altimeter (very useful aid for navigation in low visibility conditions) Waterproof or neoprene socks Anti-chaffing / lubrication ointment We would recommend that all clothing and equipment is packed into waterproof bags.