The Marmot24 mountain marathon takes place on 2nd-3rd August 2014
The mountain marathon is a race format that, for some reason, piques the interest of the British fell-runner and endurance athlete. The Marmot24 is the first 24 hour event of its kind to be run in the UK and the location of has just been announced.
Therecently disclosed location for the race is set to be the Lake District. The Northern Fells will be the base for the event, with easy access to Blencathra to the North, Clough Head and the Dodd’s Ridge running down to Helvellyn in the South. On top of that, the less visited areas to the East and West of the event centre at Threlkeld will also be used in the course of the race. All in all, the 300 square kilometre course area will provide plenty of terrain for competitors to explore and run across, from fast ridge routes to deep valleys. Being one of the most popular natural areas of the UK does mean that the area is criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and well-trodden tracks. Competitors will however, have to balance out the easy running such features offer against the shorter distances offered by taking much more direct routes between checkpoints.
The mountain marathon format works around a checkpoint format, with competitors aiming to visit as many checkpoints as they can in the allotted time. The race is also a team event with teams of either 2 or 4 runners allowed, with two members only allowed on the course at one time.
The race begins at midday on the 2nd, and continues non-stop until noon on Sunday 3rd. Competitors have the option of staying out on course for the duration or returning to the event centre to refuel and rest as they say fit.
If a full 24 hours of racing in the mountains is a bit much for you (24 hour racers need to be experienced racing in the hills) then there are a couple of shorter options to choose from. Starting out at the same time as the 24 hour race is a 6 and 12 hour option as well.
Entries to the 24 hour race are being capped at 150 places and spots are going fast so for more information and to enter, head to www.marmot24.com