GOOD NEWS: THE KONG MINI MOUNTAIN MARATHONS WILL CONTINUE
We are very grateful that our friends from Kong Adventure sponsor our Mini Mountain Marathons. Kong Adventure is a fantastic shop in the centre of Keswick with a great selection of fell running and other products. They also offer a variety of indoor climbing options as well as outdoor adventures. Have a look when you are next in Keswick (Heads Rd, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5EZ).
Quite a race today! Challenging weather conditions and specially the rivers were a huge obstacle for many people. We had 125 brave people participating today, thank you for coming out! We promise the Cadair Idris area is beautiful and we hope you come back to visit this special part of Wales with sunshine. The winner of the 2023 Kong Mini Mountain Marathon series Round 3 was Finlay Grant from Dark Peak fell runners with 435 points. 2nd overall and first lady home was Victoria Thompson from Helm Hill Runners with 391 points. Despite the challenging conditions, it was great to see the happy faces after the race, specially when the home made soup and cakes came in sight.
SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
DOLGELLAU, NORTH WALES
Hi, My name is Andy Thornton and I am delighted to be picking up the reins of the Kong Mini Mountain Marathons from Alison, Erwin, Chris, Janneke and team.
A bit about me: I am based in the North West on the edge of the Peak District (Macclesfield) and have been orienteering and fell running for many years. I love maps, consider myself a good navigator and back in the day I was a half-decent runner (though nowadays something of a plodder!) I am a long term member of Manchester & District Orienteering Club (MDOC) a life member of the Fell Running Association (FRA), and once did a Bob Graham.
More recently I have been focused on event organisation and planning. I am passionate about giving more and younger people the opportunity to "run with maps" in interesting and challenging areas on well-planned courses at well-organised sensibly-priced events.
I intend to continue to put on Mini Mountain Marathons in a similar way and following the same lovely ethos as those put on by the current team - including the post-run refreshments (though that will be a hard act to follow!) I have an existing network of orienteers & fell runners to help support these events, but I am always keen to work with others too, so if you would like to help at a future event, please do let me know (either in the planning, course checking, or on-the-day).
Following hand-over from the current team in the next few weeks, I hope to be announcing the date and venue for 2024 Race 1 early in the new year - watch this space! In the meantime I am happy to be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07751 932749.
Finally, thanks again to Alison, Erwin, Chris & Janneke for all they have done in the past 9 years!
I look forward to meeting you at a MMM race soon. Andy
We are all active and passionate fell runners. We live in Thorpe near Dovedale in the Peak District and go out on the hills as much as we can.
Alison has been the race organiser for the Mini Mountain Marathons since 2014 and we have taken over the organisation from Dark & White from 2015.
We organise these events as a hobby and get our children involved in the organisation and running of the events. Our aim is to deliver professional events with a great atmosphere.
Alison and Janneke spend many hours baking the cakes and preparing soup for the events. Erwin and Chris do all the computer stuff, finance and marketing and everybody gets involved in preparing the routes, recceing, setting out / collecting controls and of course on race day.
We are also supported by the National Trust and Harvey maps