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The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) is a two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for teams of two runners.

The event comprises  6 linear courses of varying lengths and technical difficult and one ‘score’ course where competitors choose which controls to visit over a 2 day total of 12 hours.

The first day finishes at a mid-way campsite. Competitors must carry the lightweight camping and safety equipment listed in the rules. Competitors need to be competent in the use of map and compass in the mountains. Many checkpoints require accurate navigation, which is even more important in misty conditions.

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon is organised by Lakeland Events Community Interest Company.
Any surplus generated , and not required for future events will be distributed to registered charities that support access to the mountain environment and the wellbeing of our competitors.

Mountain Marathon

There are virtual Score Courses available for training in the Howgills and at Staveley

Full details here 


Mountain marathon navigation training routes

To help with your navigational training we have set up a series of ‘virtual’ score courses of varying lengths using the MapRun smartphone app. There are two courses in the Howgills (3- and 6-hours) and four in the Kentmere valley, based around Staveley (2-, 3-, 4.5- and 6-hours). You can run these courses at any […]

Saunders Competition 2023 Winners and other entries

Junior Prize – Thomas HearnDAY 1I wanted to do the Saunders because it is one of the only mountain marathons I know of that you can do from the age of 14. I think that this is one of the great things about the Saunders Lakeland Mountain marathon.When we drove into the car park, I […]

Prize Winners 2023

  Female Male Mixed Vet Scafell Janie Oates + Bianca Dyer Philip Vokes + Paul Pruzina Alison Wainwright + Oscar Wainwright Sean O'connor + Littledave Cumins Kirkfell Kate Macfarlane + Pippa Dakin Nathan Martin + David Alcock Tom Raftery + Becky Raftery Kenny Short + John Tullie Carrock Fell Rowen Pymm + Alice Willson Matthew [...]

Advice on Saunders footwear from inov-8

Top footwear tips from inov-8 With the Saunders Mountain marathon only a little more than a month away, we caught up with Dr Bodil Oudshoorn, inov-8 footwear product manager, for some tips on footwear for the event. What do you look for in your shoes during a mountain marathon? In multi-day events like the Saunders, […]

Advice from our competitors for those new to Mountain Marathons

Many thanks to all who contributed. These comments are really valuable and even those of us who have completed many Mountain Marathons picked up new tips.   Don’t carry too much, train and enjoy!  Try a low-key orienteering event.  Tell your partner you may get cross with each other but it’s only temporary.  Look out […]

Things people bring on the SLMM- and things they wished they hadn’t!

We asked 2018 competitors to let us know if there was something , other than Mandatory Kit that was particularly useful, or something they didn't take but wish they had taken.The list turned out to be a lot longer than expected!     Sun cream A wide brimmed sun hat Sun block Midge head net [...]

The Essentials

A Beginner’s guide to Mountain Marathons-please read before entering any event

A Mountain Marathon is a navigational event taking place in high and rough ground where competitors, make their way between a series of specific checkpoints over two days, with a break at an overnight camp. Competitors must carry all the equipment necessary to camp, feed themselves and cope with adverse weather conditions. A Mountain Marathon […]

Advice on Mountain Marathons from Steve Birkinshaw

When you think of mountain marathons you tend to think pretty quickly of Steve Birkinshaw. The gentle man of steel, most famously known for breaking the thirty-six-year record for the Wainwrights round. So who better than the man himself to give us all a few tips on what to expect from a mountain marathon. Look […]

Refunds, Team changes and Deferrals

Refunds if Competitor Cancels Entry Up until 1st April, teams can withdraw and we will refund the entry fee and the costs of any T-shirts purchased, less an admin fee of £30 per team. Refunds are not available in any circumstances after this date, but team members (one or both) can be substituted by the [...]

Some reviews of the SLMM from competitors

Many thanks for all the positive comments from those who completed our survey. Thanks also to those who made suggestions for improvements-we have added them to our list of things to consider for next year rather than publish here. From the 2018 event: “Great introduction to mountain marathons in delightful scenery” – Thomas Hague “The […]

Use of Si timing chip (‘dibber’)

Each competitor  will be issued a ‘dibber’ (timing chip) that will be attached to the wrist. It must remain attached to the wrist until you have finished on Sunday. Each control has an electronic box with a number on it. Your dibber is inserted into a hole in the top of the box until it flashes […]


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