The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM)

The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) is the originator of the 2 day mountain marathon type event and is for teams of 2, carrying all clothing, equipment, tent, sleeping bag, food for 36 hours, navigating one’s own route and including a remote overnight camp. Teams are totally self-supporting, no GPS or outside support is allowed and teams not arriving at the overnight camp are assumed to have camped safely. Your team partner is your first source of help and assistance. This is the premier UK event to test teamwork, self-reliance, endurance, outdoor and navigational skills. The reputation of the event is worldwide and every year entrants come from over 12 countries.

The ethos of the event is to be totally self-reliant in wild remote areas, carrying all equipment, no outside support and without GPS or mobile phone. Your first source of help is your partner and if you retire you are responsible for getting yourself back to base. Any teams not arriving at the overnight camp are assumed to have camped safely. In these days of 24/7 contact and total support this is an event to test and indeed help develop teamwork and self-reliance. Navigation, fitness, endurance and self-reliance are all skills needed to varying degrees by Army Reservists and that’s why 135 Geo Sqn entered two teams into this years OMM in the Cheviot Hills on the Scottish Borders. If you want to challenge yourself and enhance the military skills you will learn during your training as a Reservist there are many opportunities to take part in events such as the OMM in the Army Reserve.

Photo shows Cpl Shane Morley and Spr Victoria James who took part in the event for the first time and WO1 Les Hunt and his running partner (and a former SSM of 135 Geo Sqn) ex WO2 John Mursell.

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