|From left to right: Hugh Harris (Marmot UK), Alex Pilikington (Elite Winner), Iona Frost-Pennington (Muncaster Castle), Kim Collinson (Elite Winner) and Shane Ohly (Race Director)|
Just a brief update as the event winds down.
All the competitors are now safely off the hill and accounted for. The weather in the week preceding the event and the weather on the night has certainly meant that the inaugural Marmot Dark Mountains has been extremely hard on the competitors. With 100 starters, the statics say it all:
C Course – No finishers
B Course – No finishers
A Course – 2 finishers
Elite Course – 3 finishers
Score Course – 6 finishers
What the statistics don’t tell you was the high degree of mountain sense that the competitors displayed. Many decided to cut their night short and head back to the finish early, whilst some decided to camp on the fells and finish on Sunday. Without exception everyone arriving back at the Muncaster Castle Event Centre was in good spirits and had stories to share of the “worst weather ever”. Marmot Dark Mountains promised to be a very serious test of competitors all round mountain craft and Saturday night certainly lived up to that expectation. The fact that we had no significant hypothermia problems, despite everyone arriving back wet and cold, speaks volumes about the sound mountain judgment each team displayed.
Of course, a night like this just wouldn’t be possible with the superb support of the volunteer marshals. Many many thanks to you all.
A full report with results and photographs will be online in the next few days. First we have 50 controls to collect and a nights sleep to catch up on!