OMM com­peti­tors face Black Moun­tain bliz­zards

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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

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