The last Marmot Dark Mountains™ will be in 2020

2nd Jan 2020

Today the organisers of Marmot Dark Mountains™ have confirmed that the 2020 event is likely to be the last edition of this iconic winter Mountain Marathon. 




Marmot Dark Mountains™ has established quite a reputation over the years as a severe test of all-round mountain craft for fell and mountain runners with its winter date and overnight timing.  



Join us in Snowdonia this January for one final dark adventure

©Steve Ashworth 


Race Director Shane Ohly, who created the event in 2013, said “Throughout 2019 I have done a great deal of soul searching about the future of this event. I have concluded that Ourea Events cannot continue to organise Marmot Dark Mountains from 2021. This is because we are reorienting the business ready to organise our two expedition races, the Cape Wrath Ultra® and the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race®, annually from 2021”. Ohly continued, “These two expedition races are highly-complex events and require our full attention year-round.”  

Ourea Events confirmed that they will continue to organise Marmot Dark Mountains™ in January 2020, with their usual full commitment to quality and excellence, which has been a hallmark of the event over many years.  


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Event volunteers welcoming participants back to Lowther Castle at the end of the 2019 Marmot Dark Mountains™ 

©Steve Ashworth 


Hugh Harris, Sales Director for Marmot UK said, “Marmot has been a proud sponsor of Dark Mountains since its inception in 2013. We worked closely with Shane when he originally created the event as we wanted to support something that offered a truly different mountain running experience. It’s a testament to that vision and our cooperation that it has become such an iconic event in the UK’s Mountain Marathon calendar. Whilst we are sorry that the 2020 event will be the last in its current incarnation, we completely understand Shane’s reasons and wish him and all the team at Ourea Events every success in all their future events.” 


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Marmot has been a strong supporter of this unique event for many years

©Steve Ashworth


While Ourea Events will not organise Marmot Dark Mountains™ after the January 2020 event, they have started looking for an individual, team or organisation that might be willing to take on this fantastic, authentic event, loved by the mountain running community.  

Ohly added, “It is essential to me that any future owner really loves, appreciates and understands this type of event, and if you think that is you, and you are willing to take on Marmot Dark Mountains™‚Äč, please don’t hesitate to get in touch”. 




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The first ever Marmot Dark Mountains™ took place in 2013 in the south-west Lake District at Muncaster Castle 

©Ben Winson