Race Date: 6th & 7th July 2019
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 provide outdoor activities in the Lake District for disadvantaged young people and to charities which pursue improvements to the local environment.
Two Striders took part in this year’s event, James Fletcher paired with Richard Cocker and Rosa Sampson Geroski paired with Shelley Jones. Both pairs undertook the Harter Fell Route. This route included a minimum of 26km (1490m ascent) on the Saturday and 15km (1210m ascent) on the Sunday. Total 41km (although distance and ascent will depend on a pair’s route choice). This course is described as ‘suitable for first time entrants provided they have a good level of fitness, good hill experience and proven navigational skills’.
James and Richard came 62nd overall, with Rosa and Shelley close behind in 67th, but I am sure that this event is all about taking part and completing the challenge.
90 pairs out of 105 completed Harter Fell, with many others taking part on the other routes.
Link to full results here.
|Pos||Name||Cat||Cat P||Sat Time/Pos||Sun Time/Pos||Time|
|1||Jamie Rennie + Charlie Rennie||M||1||04:25:17 (4)||02:45:25 (1)||07:10:42|
|3||Ben Crane + Alice Crane||Mix||1||04:19:24 (2)||03:06:38 (3)||07:26:02|
|7||Kirsty Bryan-Jones + Ellen Patton||F||1||04:45:42 (6)||03:46:32 (11)||08:32:14|
|62||James Fletcher + Richard Cocker||M||25||06:31:50 (49)||05:40:30 (76)||12:12:20|
|67||Rosa Sampson Geroski + Shelley Jones||F||8||07:28:17 (71)||05:16:38 (64)||12:44:55|