OMM competitors face Black Mountain blizzards
COMPETITORS at last weekend’s Original Mountain Marathon in the Black Mountains of South Wales had to deal with arctic winds and sub-zero temperatures.
The ‘OMM’, which was created in 1968, changes location every year with only one month’s notice for the competitors and is renowned for its gruelling terrain and testing conditions as teams of runners have to navigate in the mountains without the use of a phone and including sleeping overnight in a camp.
The event was won by Norwegian-based British runner Jonathan Albon and partner Gudmund Viljo Arponen Snilstveit.
Albon is the reigning world obstacle course and Sky Running world champion and said the event involved “96km of mountain running over two days carrying all the equipment required on some of the most hideous grass imaginable”.
He added: “Thank god Gudmund and I learnt to think like sheep, otherwise we would still be up there.”
The organisers said: “It’s great to see the event still growing after 50 years and we’re pleased that the OMM is still inspiring new people to access wild spaces in the UK. The event fundamentally promotes sounds mountain judgement and responsible use of our wild spaces.”
While conditions were tough, though, they were not as bad as during the 2008 event, which made national news headlines after being called off when freak weather caused hundreds of runners to become stranded in the Lake District.
Competitors were really put to the test by the severe conditions