FIND AS MANY CHECKPOINTS AS YOU CAN IN THE TIME LIMIT
Most points win!
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ROUTE TO FIND THE CHECKPOINTS
Ride as far as you like.
The challenge in detail
You can ride on your own or as a team. On the start line will be given a map of the Grasmere trail network with checkpoints marked on it. The checkpoints all have different values. The challenge is to choose a route that collects the most points for your team.
You choose how long you stay out for and what route you take. Some will ride hard all day others will stop for lunch. It’s up to you!
Long Course: Saturday you up to 7 hours to collect your points and get back. Sunday up to 5 hours.
Short Course: Saturday up to 5 hours to collect your points and get back. Sunday up to 4 hours.
The rider or team who collects the most points wins!
OMM Lite Competition Rules and Code of Conduct
In order to conduct the competition on a fair and equal basis for all participants, and ensure safety, it is necessary to apply rules. These rules, which are set out below will be STRINGENTLY enforced. Anyone found to be in breach of these rules will be automatically disqualified from the current event and potentially banned from future events.
1. THE GOLDEN RULE – Once registered, competitors must report to the Event HQ at the end of each day and download by 17:00 hours whether they have completed the course or not. If this is not done the team is deemed missing and will be searched for!
2. Age limits – The event is for solos or teams of two (or three – contact firstname.lastname@example.org). U18s in a team only with a combined min. age 35yrs. Minimum age is 14yrs old. U14 and feel you have enough experience to compete? Parent/guardian contact email@example.com. We recommend U16s have competed in the Short Course before attempting the Long Course. Any competitor under the age of 16 not in a team with their parent/guardian must complete a parental consent form.
3. Emergencies – If you have a medical emergency you should call 999 where possible, for more minor issues or if you need to retire you must contact Event HQ on the emergency number provided on the map. If you come across an injured competitor you should assist in any way you can, please inform us on your return and we will ensure that a time adjustment is made where necessary.
4. Navigation – Solo competitors and at least one in each team must be able to read a map using a compass, without the aid of GPS devices.
5. Mobile phones/GPS – We encourage you to carry a fully charged mobile phone for use in an emergency, but they must not be used for navigation. You may also wear or carry a GPS device (i.e. watch) to track your run/ride (for your use after the event) but again they must not be used for navigation. Anyone found using their mobile phone or other electronic device for navigation purposes will be disqualified from the event. We rely on the integrity of our competitors to follow this rule. (unless we remove all electronic devices from every competitor there is no other way for us to enforce this).
6. Teams must maintain contact (able to communicate by voice) throughout the competition. Both team members must visit the control sites together carrying all their equipment and both team members must record their visit using the control box. If one member of the team cannot continue the other team member must ensure that they get safely back to the Event HQ, the 2nd team member may then be able to continue as a solo.
7. Routes – This is NOT an open access event. All competitors must keep to public or permissive rights of way (as per event map). Out of Bounds areas and compulsory crossing points are also marked on the event map and must be respected.
8. Kit – Teams must carry or wear the equipment and clothing on the official kit list. This is the absolute minimum for safety. A signed kit list and safety declaration form must be handed in at registration. On completion of the course all competitors must still be in possession of sufficient food for an emergency. Competitors must permit the examination of their equipment by race officials at any time.
9. Conduct. Competitors who, in the opinion of the organisers, act in such a way to bring the event into disrepute or unnecessarily endanger other competitors or race officials will be disqualified and may be banned.
Event Site Rules
10. Dogs – Well behaved dogs are welcome but are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course or be inside the Event Marquee or be left unaccompanied in tents/cars. They should be kept on a lead at all times.
11. Fires – No open fires or charcoal BBQs permitted at the Event HQ/camping field.
12. No private generators or sound systems.
13. Illegal drugs – Illegal drug use will not be tolerated at the OMM Festival. Please do not bring and/or take drugs. Any drug use will be reported to the police.
14. U18s. Children must be accompanied by a suitable and responsible adult guardian. The guardian is responsible for the welfare of the child.
EVENT HQ LOCATION
We’re delighted to be having this year’s OMM Lite in the heart of the beautiful Lake District.
The Show Field
Access to parking, camping and the Event Centre open at 3pm on Friday and will be clearly signposted.
Camping or arriving in a vehicle you will be sleeping in? You must also read the section below ‘Camping, Campervans and accommodation’
HOW TO GET THERE
The Event HQ is located just off the A591 at Grasmere. When you arrive you will be met by our friendly volunteer marshals, please follow their instructions.
By Public Transport.
The nearest train station is Windermere approx 10 miles from Grasmere. From here you can travel by taxi or bus to Grasmere.
Link to national rail timetables here
Link to bus timetables here
We’ll have a big heated marquee, with food and bar (See ‘Food and Drink’ section), last minute advice and kit to purchase. Toilets and drinking water will also be provided. We’ll also have Physiotherapy/Sports Massage available all weekend – more details in the ‘physio’ section below.
Registration will be open from 15:00 hours to 22:00 on Friday, from 07:00 on Saturday 2nd May and again on Sunday from 07:00 (for 1 day entrants). If arriving on Saturday morning please leave plenty of time to register before your start time. Competitors are advised to register early to prevent last minute queues.
Please bring your completed and signed OMM Lite Kit Check and Declaration. Please ensure that the car registration number of THE CAR THAT YOU TRAVELLED IN is included on your declaration form (if applicable). (if you are entering 1 day of biking and 1 day of running then please use this form – OMM Bike&Lite Combined Kit Check List and Declaration)
At registration each competitor will be issued with a Sport Ident Timing card/dibber (attached to the wrist), competitors are not able to use their own dibbers as they are used as one of our vital security checks at the end of the event. The cost of timing cards is including in your entry fee BUT if you lose or damage the dibber you will be charged the cost of replacement (currently £35.00).
Car keys can be deposited at registration whilst you are racing. Unfortunately we (the organisers) cannot not be held responsible for any keys left in their possession and accept no liability for their safekeeping.
As ever there will be an opportunity to stock up on new kit and race goodies. Alongside the OMM range, we will have a selection kit list items. And of course we’ll have a few special offers, perfect for rewarding yourself after a hard weekend! Pete Bland Sports will also be on site.
IS CAMPING INCLUDED IN MY ENTRY FEE?
- Space for 1 x tent or campervan for Friday and Saturday night is included for each competitor competing in an OMM event on both days (for example: 2 day OMM Bike or 1 day OMM Lite/1 day OMM Bike), but you must book this on your entry form as space is limited.
- Those competing for only one day (for example: OMM Bike on Sunday only) camping is NOT included in your entry fee. If this is you and you would like camp contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book (£15 for the weekend).
- PLEASE NOTE: Max. space you should take up with your tent or campervan including awning] is 6 x 5m (or equivalent). If you think you need more space, then you must contact email@example.com to book.
- Family and friends are more than welcome to come along, but (as per the paragraph above) there is a charge of £15 for any extra tent or campervan space. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT TIME DOES CAMPING OPEN?
Camping and parking open at 15:00 on Friday. You will be met by our friendly volunteer marshals who will guide you to your parking/camping space. Please follow their instructions. If you arrive after 22:30 you should follow the instructions posted on the main entrance gate.
WHAT IS THE CAMPING AREA LIKE?
The Showfield at Grasmere is grassy and mainly flat.
We will provide water and toilets (no showers) and the main marquee will be close by.
Our volunteer marshals will show you where to park and camp. If you wish to camp as a group you will need to arrive together, spaces/pitches cannot be held. If you arrive after your friends/family and there happens to be a space for your tent next to them, please park where you are asked then walk with your kit to pitch your tent – it won’t be far!
No fires or BBQ’s (other than gas)
No private generators or sound systems
CAN WE BRING CAMPERVANS/CARAVANS?
Yes, you can bring your campervan or caravan. Be aware that you will be on grass and there are no electric hook ups. Caravan owners may be asked to park their car separately. The max space you should take up including awning is 6 x 5m, if you need more room you must contact email@example.com to book.
CAN WE STAY OFF SITE?
Yes, if you’d like to sleep in a little more luxury then you are welcome to stay in one of the many B&Bs or hotels in the area. Lots more information here.
WHO CAN ENTER
Solos and teams of two (or three – contact us). U18s in a team only with a combined min. age 35yrs. U14 and feel you have enough experience to compete? Minimum age is 14yrs old. Parent/guardian contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend U16s have competed in the Short Course before attempting the Long Course.
Head to the start line within your allocated a 15 min start time window. You will be given any final information before being asked to ‘dib’ your timing tag in the START box. Your time will begin and you will then be given your map, showing all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth. You then move away from the start line and plan your route.
WHAT TO DO AT EACH CHECKPOINT
Each checkpoint will have the standard orienteering orange and white sign with control box attached to it. Your timing tag (attached to your wrist at registration) should be place into the hole in the control box to register you have visited the location; it will bleep and flash to confirm that this has been successful.
In the unlikely event that the control box doesn’t work, please record your visit writing down the 3 letters shown on the control box (you can also take a photo if easier) and report this when you download at the finish so your score can be updated.
Teams must finish together. After finishing go straight to the download desk where you will be given a print out showing the controls you visited with points and split times. Please move away from the desk THEN check your printout. If anything is wrong or you need to report having to punch manually, let the download queries desk know. Make sure to keep your tag on overnight on Saturday to use on the second day. At the finish on Sunday follow the same procedure, your SI-tag will be removed and you will be given a meal voucher. You can then make your way to catering and enjoy some well deserved hot food and drink!
SI-TAG AND SAFETY
The SI tag will be attached loosely to your wrist at registration. This must remain attached all weekend and be cut off you either when you finish or if you retire but only at the Event centre.
As well as for timing your tag has an important safety role – it’s how we can confirm who is still out on the course. Because of this all tags MUST be downloaded on Saturday and returned to the event centre by 17:00 on the Sunday before you leave the area.
Missing tag = Missing person = Search party.
If you retire you must inform Event HQ as soon as possible (emergency numbers are on the map) and return your SI tag.
You will quickly get used to carrying the tag on your wrist. Wrists do swell during exercise and providing it has been attached loosely; you will hardly notice that you are wearing it overnight. If you lose, break or take a tag home with you the charge will be £35.00 the use of your own SI-tag is not allowed.
OMM Bike competitors will be given a map at the start line (a new one on each day), on it are all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth. The aim is to collect as many points as you can in the time allowed.
Long Course – Saturday 7 hours, Sunday 5 hours
Short Course – Saturday 5 hours, Sunday 4 hours
You do not have to stay out on the course for the whole time – you choose when you finish. But if you go over the time allowed penalty point will be accrued as follows:
1 to 5 minutes late – lose 1 point per minute
5 to 10 minutes late – lose 2 points per minute
10 to 15 minutes late – lose 5 points per minute
15 to 30 minutes late – lose 10 points per minute
Over 30 minutes late – lose all points
If you manage to clear the course (i.e. visit every checkpoint) you will be awarded 2 bonus points per minute remaining of your time allowed.
- Helmet (MUST be worn at all times when riding)
- Clothing suitable for riding
- Taped seams waterproof jacket and trousers
- Warm layer top
- Whistle & Compass
- Map (as supplied)
- First aid kit
- Emergency rations (this is something to keep you going in an emergency – you should still have this at the finish)
- Bike repair kit
- Water carrying capability
This list should be seen as a minimum requirement only. Check the weather forecast, any previous experience and use sound judgement for the kit you should be wearing and carrying. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in their opinion, do not have the necessary kit to cope in an emergency situation.
Any decisions to reduce the amount of kit you need to carry (e.g. in exceptionally warm weather) will be posted at Registration and on the information board on the morning of the event.
You do not need to bring all your kit to registration for checking, however random kit checks may be carried out at any point during the event.
All competitors are required hand a signed Kit Check List and Declaration to Registration before competing. You can download and print one here:
(for 1 day bike, 1 day lite entrants – OMM Bike&Lite Combined Kit Check List and Declaration)
The OMM Bike is included in the BMBO National League. If you are already a member please add your BMBO number on the entry form to ensure your points are added.
Did you know the BMBO hosts nearly a hundred events every year. Most are 3 hour MBO Score events, but they can be anything from a 2 hour, road based, Bike O event to a 2 day mountain bike epic and everything in between.
There are a number of local MBO groups covering the country from Scotland, through the North of England, the Midlands, Wales and down into the South West. Groups organise a series of low cost events throughout the year and have their own local leagues. In addition BMBO coordinates a National League covering the whole country.
A common factor underpinning all of these events is the friendly camaraderie and rivalry. Events are open to anybody, irrespective of age, gender or ability. You can ride as a pair if you prefer. One thing that is certain is that you are sure to receive a warm welcome and help if you are new to the sport.
To find events local to you, go to the BMBO website where you will find loads of information and help to get you started. There are also contact details if you cannot find the details that you are looking for.
FOOD AND DRINK
We’re pleased to say that Matt, Fi and the team from Barrett’s Kitchen and Bar will be returning to this years OMM Festival. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.
Hot Food available:
Friday 16:00 – 21:00
Saturday 07:00 – 10:30 then 13:00 – 21:00
Sunday 07:00 – 10:30 and competitors meal from 12:00
Friday 16:00 – 22:30
Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 14:30
Here’s the menu from last year to get your taste buds going!
All competitors have a hot meal and drink included in their entry fee which will be served at the Event HQ after you finish on Sunday. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available and your choice for your after race meal should be requested on your entry form. If you have a serious allergy or concern please email Matt of Fi on email@example.com prior to the event.
We try hard to encourage recycling and sustainability and to this end a deposit of £1.50 for a reusable pint pot is now required when purchasing drinks from the bar.
Please note that all rubbish placed in the on-site wheelie bins is recycled by the hire company so that the minimal amount is sent to landfill.
We are very pleased to have Carl from F.I.T. Sports Injury Clinic and his team back at this year’s OMM Festival. They will be available throughout the weekend for physio appointments including sports massage.
They will also be giving a gait analysis demonstration using the latest footscan technology on Friday evening and you will have the chance to book your own session.
More information and pre-booking available soon.
Please note only the 2 day OMM Bike (both long and short courses) are awarded prizes. Teams and solo competitors compete for the same prizes. Combinations of Bike/Lite and 1 day entries are not competitive, although your results and splits will of course be recorded.
The prize ceremony for OMM Bike will be held by the marquee (weather dependent) at approximately 2pm.
The following prizes will be awarded (dependent on entries):
|Prize||Long Score||Short Score|
|1st Mixed Team||£40||£40|
|2nd Mixed Team||£30||£30|
|1st Male Vet||£30||£30|
|1st Female Vet||£30||£30|
|1st Mixed Vet||£30||£30|
|1st Family Team||£30||£30|
Prizes vouchers are per person and can be spent on OMM products. The OMM Festival is a not for profit event and the purpose of the prizes is to recognise outstanding achievement.
Veteran = 45 years or older (if in a team both members must qualify)
Family Team = Consists of close family members from different generations one of whom must be under 18.
Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL
15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens
16:00 Food and bar available
22:00 Registration Closes
22:00 Catering Closes
23:00 Bar Closes
07:00 Registration opens
07:00 Food and drinks available
08:30 – 10:30 OMM Lite and Bike Starts
11:00 Grasmere Gallop Trail Races Start*
12:30 Teddy Bear Dash (enter on the day)
13:00 Grasmere Gallop Trail Races prize giving
22:00 Catering closes
23:00 Bar closes
07:00 Breakfast/hot food available
07:00-10:15 Registration open
08:00-10:00 OMM Lite and Bike Starts
09:00 Grasmere Gallop Trail Race start
14:00 approximate time for Prize giving
NAME AND COURSE CHANGES
Up to 14th May 2021. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
After 14th May 2021. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made at registration.
CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT OF ENTRIES
For any cancellations received up to 1 April 2021, a refund (minus 10% admin fee) is made.
AFTER THIS DATE WE CANNOT OFFER A REFUND OR TRANSFER/DEFER YOUR ENTRY
At this point we have already paid for your entry. The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs low is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible, hence why it usually becomes more expensive to enter as we get closer to the event.
ORGANISATION AND PLANNING
The organisation of the competition is conducted by a small army of unpaid volunteer helpers drawn from a wide variety of clubs and organisations, including the many faithful stalwarts who help out every year and without whose experience it would not be possible to conduct such an event. These teams of volunteers allow us to keep the entry fees as low as possible to benefit you.
The officials listed are the principal organisers and team leaders:-
Event Director: Stuart Hamilton email@example.com
Event Coordinator : Emma Gill firstname.lastname@example.org
Race Planners: Graham and Sam Atkinson
Event catering: Matt and Fi, Barrett’s Kitchen and Bar, Ingleton
Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team, North Yorks Scouts Event Support Team
Parking: Ryan Greenwood and team, East Lancs Event Support Team
ENTRY FEE INCLUDES
Entry into the event
Friday night camping pitch*
Saturday night camping pitch*
SPORTident timing chips
Gait analysis, injury prevention and kit workshops
Bespoke OMM Bike maps
Hot meal after the event
Free parking at event centre
£40pp for 1 day*
£75pp for 2 days
FRIENDS & FAMILY WELCOME!
*single day entries do not include camping
What else is on?
OMM Festival is a not for profit event
All funds raised from ticket sales will be spent on the event and any profit will be donated to our chosen charities.