OMM 2013
 
OMM comes to the Brecon Beacons this year!

The (in)famous Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) is coming to the Brecon Beacons this year. Luckily, here at Up and Under Cardiff we have a great selection of lightweight fell running gear including shoes, backpacks, sleeping bags, mats and waterproof clothing to make your OMM race as enjoyable as possible!
 
Let’s start from the bottom… what footwear should I take?

The right footwear is imperative for a safe and comfortable race. The weather of the Beacons in October can be described as unpredictable at best. Footwear therefore needs to offer grip in the wet without being compromised on harder packed sections. Both the La Sportiva C-lite 2.0 and Inov8 Roclite 295 are ideal shoes for this kind of mixed terrain running. Also worth considering are a pair of Inov8 Debris Gaiters to keep dirt, stones and twigs out of your shoes.
  Montane Spektr Smock
Do I need to take a proper waterproof?
Yes. The OMM rules stipulate that fully taped trousers and hooded jacket must be worn or carried at all times. Needless to say, most competitors want to keep the weight of these garments to an absolute minimum. The best we have found for this purpose is the Montane Spektr Smock. This eVent smock is extremely breathable and takes weight saving to the extreme with some very innovative features and doesn’t compromise on durability to the extent of other lightweight waterproofs. For trousers we stock the Montane Minimus Pants, which are made from made from Pertex Shield and pack down to and weigh next to nothing.
 
What about the camp?
Between you and your partner you will need to carry a tent with a sewn in ground sheet and all your cooking equipment plus food. Many teams will share a one-man tent in order to save weight but bear in mind you probably won’t have a well-rested sleep. Our range of lightweight mountain tents from Nordisk will be well worth a look. If you want something with a little more room that will cross over into serious fast mountaineering work, Crux’s new X1 Raid may be worth a look.
For cooking an MSR Micro Rocket with MSR Titan Kettle will allow you to quickly get some grub down you without having to carry heavy and complex systems.
 
And to sleep?
All team members must also carry an insulated sleeping bag. The level of insulation Nordisk Telemark 1lwis not specified but bear in mind it will be chilly! A popular bag in the past has been the Rab Neutrino 200.
Sleeping mats are not compulsory and many packs (such as the OMM Classic 25) have a removable back panel that double up as a basic sleeping mat. When Up and Under staff member Tom competed last year he made a last minute decision to take an Inertia X-Lite rather than the bubble wrap he had been planning on and was very happy with the decision post race! These are not much heavier and infinitely more reliable than balloon beds. Alternatively, the Multimat Adventure Superlite Compact 25 is on a great value offer at the moment.
 
What about clothing?
It all depends on the weather and temperature. Shorts and wicking t-shirt may be fine but bear in mind all competitors must carry full length base layer top and bottoms so many athletes will wear these for the whole race. Helly Hansen Lifas have been a long time favourite with OMM racers. You will also need to carry a hat and gloves. Finally an additional warm layer top must be carried. You won’t be wearing this when running so it needs to pack small and offer maximum warmth when you stop. A synthetic insulated jacket such as the Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pull Over fits the bill nicely.
 
This is all great, but what do I carry it all in?
OMM Last Drop 10
The best system for Elite Class runners is a combination of an OMM Last Drop 10 combined with a Trio Map Pouch 4 and an Ultra Waist Pouch 6. This hugs your whole body, weighs very little and keeps everything close and to hand.
If you’re running in a lower class and are taking the race a little less seriously, then an OMM Classic 25 or 32 combined with an OMM-I-Gamy makes a nice system. Alternatively, the Montane Ultra Tour 22 is a fantastic, roll top style running pack.

So what do I eat?
You will need to carry all your own food for 36hours. This includes something to eat in the evening. Best bet is to go for a packet of Mountain House or Reiter food, just add water and you have a hearty meal! It’s also important to carry extra energy foods for the run like Energy gels, bars and Shot Bloks, which will make your race a lot easier.

Anything else?

A few bits:       
  • Headtorch: you won’t need this for running but you will need it to get around camp in the evening. Any of the Petzl Tikka range are compact and low in weight but give of good amounts of light. If you want to take weight saving to the max then the Petzl E+light is the way forward!        
  • First aid equipment(Minimum 1 x crepe bandage, 2 x wound dressing, 2 x adhesive dressing, 1 x Triangular bandage + pin.)              


One more thing...

Extra discount is available to all entrants of the 2013 UK OMM race. Either pop into the store, drop us an email or give us a call for a price. If you want to order via the website just mention that you are an OMM entrant in the comments box at the end of your order and we'll make sure you get the discounted price!

(Please note: all names are checked against the official OMM list of entrants for the 2013 UK race. Discount may not apply to items already on special offer. If you are a member of a running or mountaineering club that already receives discount - no, you can't have extra, cheeky!)

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