Exciting news! We are going to GO BIGGER! From next year we are going to organise a full size 2 day Mountain Marathon in Scotland in the first weekend of June, so the 5th and the 6th of June 2021. This is a week after Jura, for those who want to combine the two races. We believe the UK needs to maintain it's tradition of having a late spring/early summer Mountain Marathon in Scotland and we are very excited to be able to fulfil this need. It is going to be a fantastic event, of course with overnight camp. More to follow as we are starting to plan for next year. We will need lots of support and we definitely could do with a number of volunteers to help out with our first 2 day race. Stay tuned!
What a year. Just like many of you I am now working from home for 12 months. Pretty tough winter, but finally things are starting to look better. Longer days, spring in the air and of course we have a lock down roadmap with provisional dates for when things will become possible again. Based on England athletics and FRA guidance it looks like fell races (with COVID-measures) will be possible again from the end of March and unrestricted travel within England becomes possible again from the 17th May. Scotland is a different story with a lot more uncertainty at this point.
We have therefore decided to move the first Kong Mountain Marathon on the Isle of Arran to next year and use the date of the 6th June to organise our April Mini Mountain Marathon. We still have to get permission from the National Trust and FRA, but are hopeful to organise the 4 hour Mini Mountain Marathon in Borrowdale on the 6th June. We are also still keeping our 8th May evening race on the calendar, but that is likely for local people only given travel restrictions.
Just home from Wales. We had a great weekend. The race yesterday from Aber went very well. We were a bit worried about the registration venue as it was very difficult to find one large enough in or around Aber. Sheila from the Butterfly cafe was very nice and it worked very well. Don't believe we have ever had sofas before in our event venue. The weather was much better the whole weekend than expected. It was very windy, but at least the rain stayed away. On race Sunday there was quite a bit of fog on the tops, which made navigation challenging, but that's all part of the sport. Cannot believe that Neil nearly collected all controls. He did 22 in 4 hours whilst it took us 4 people days let's say 20 hours to set them all out. Thank you to Eleanor Johnstone who helped us collecting in controls on the Monday. Normally we have Max helping, but he is in New Zealand at the moment, lucky him! And after collecting controls, Welsh rarebit and cake in the Aber cafe of course. All in all a very successful first race. Up to a great 2020!