OMM 2007

The 40th KIMM which has now evolved to the OMM in an effort to become more zen was run in the Southern uplands over the weekend. As far as I can tell 5 westies were running although Gary Thompsett confessed he wasn't sure if he was still a westie or not. Horrendous weather proved to be only partly correct so it was actually dry as Dave Rogers and I arrived on the Saturday morning, narrowly avoiding a violent confrontation with a parking marshall. Actually got to the start line with 2 minutes to spare and all ablutions taken care of. Could bore you with all the intricate first day race details, but the whole things a bit of a blur really, well blur in an extremely painful way. I do remember we did an awful lot of going up and down, and a fair bit of going along as well. The weather descended just as I remarked on how dry my clothes were, and then the wind and rain let rip. Managed to keep moving fairly well throughout the first day, finishing along with A, B, and C classes on a very steep muddy descent to the camp site. Leaping the sliding bodies we charged down the slope finishing the first day strongly in 18th.

That night was less than perfect and managed to hold onto a pee for 12 hours to avoid going out into the severe winds and pouring rain. Turns out the campers who had sheltered in the lea of a wall ended up flooded and spent most of the night in the portaloo's.

Next day was much brighter and pretty ideal running conditions, although the immediate steep climb soon dampened any enthusiasm. By this time it was clear many of the classes were following similar legs at times so following the wrong class would have been easy. Luckily someone had made our class stick race numbers on our backs to help us keep track of the competition. Anyone who has done the KIMM knows the kind of terrain you run over; tussocks, bog, heather, or combinations af all three. The kind of stuff you instantly avoid at all other times. Well the second day was full of it until about 2/3 though when we hit a tight little "orienteering" corner and bumped into the A class race. There was a sudden "westies" shout from a smiling Graham Kelly who had obviously not been trying hard enough and actually seemed to be enjoying himself. We grunted before disappearing down another sheer slope followed by another sheer climb. Eventually we spotted the finish and had a great 10 minute running descent to the last checkpoint chased by a pair of whippets, followed by a hobble along the 700m "sprint" to the end. We ended up a very happy 19th in the elite with Graham Kelly/Jason Harrison 37th in the A class, Mary Rogers/Helena Nolan 2nd ladies in the short score. Rob McQuater/Simon Triger also complete the A class but result not yet available.

Posted by Trevor Richens on Mon 29 Oct 2007 | 4 comments

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  1. scott mckendrick said...

    great run trevor, how was the navigation.

    Monday 29th October 2007 3.26pm

  2. Graham K said...

    Really enjoyed my 8th year at the KIMM / OMM ...

    Saturday was indeed silly horrible weather. Stopping for any length of time would certainly have been nasty - despite bein well wrapped up I got cold ...very cold at one point. Most of the controls were fair and the only ones that caused any temporary problems were a direct result of lack of concentration. Due to being a little slower than the elite racing snakes ...we descended to the finish right in the middle of the severe winds and pouring rain (but thankfully still in daylight).

    Pleased to report my mid-camp experience was good despite the rain and wind - loads of food and even a wee dram or two. Sunday dawned perfect but as always, it was nice to get going. As Trevor mentioned "A" & "Elite" merged for a short time - my smile was short lived. We jumped onto the back of the elite group for a bit and tried to keep up ...and promptly overshot the control we were trying to find. The next 10 minutes were spent relocating and backtracking ...nice of the camera crew to add insult to injury by interviewing to find out "what exactly went wrong there" !?!?!

    Fully agree that the event had a fine run in to the finish !

    Over the years, I have had a shot at Short, Medium, Long Score, "B" and now "A" class - spent a fair bit of Monday pouring over the "elite" map trying to figure if I could complete that event - anyone any thoughts on exactly how big a step up it is from "A" to "elite" ???

    Wednesday 31st October 2007 12.15pm

  3. Trevor said...

    Scott - Navigation was easy really - I just asked Dave. This year was a little different in that the courses seemed to merge at lots of points making the checkpoints often easier to find than usual. Most of the stuff in the white out was basic mapwork and contouring (lots of contouring).Graham - Never done the A but I don't think you would find the elite to big a step up. This year seemed a fair bit shorter than two years ago when I last did it and was very manageable. It all comes donw to pacing and accepting you'll be out for a long time.

    Wednesday 31st October 2007 4.44pm

  4. David Rogers said...

    I felt that the elite this years was a lot easier than the last 2 years and not much harder than some As I have done. We even managed to finish with daylight to spare on both days. But being slighty fitter and not making any major navigational or route-choice cock-ups (and listening to Trevor when he forestalled one) will have helped a lot. The worst moment was when the stove would not work and Trevor suggested that I go shouting round the 1000-odd tents in the pitch dark and pissing rain in the hope of borrowing one from my wife who was there somewhere.

    Wednesday 31st October 2007 7.17pm

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