Adventure racing is a little difficult to define as it can include a wide range of activities. However, adventure races are run by a number of different organisations throughout the year and typically require competitors to travel over an extended time period through difficult terrain, demonstrating navigational skills whilst running, walking, biking and/or canoeing. Although not strictly speaking central to the clubs more traditional foot-orienteering activities many SELOC members regularly participate and enjoy such challenges.
One of the most popular forms of adventure racing for orienteers are Mountain Marathons and within our club we have the most decorated UK champion in this discipline ever. Mark Seddon is 10 time winner of the elite class in the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (KIMM) – now Original Mountain Marathon (OMM). These are two day events in which competitors navigate across mountain terrain for 5 to 7 hours on day 1, carrying enough kit to camp the night and do it all again on day 2. Minimising the quantity of kit required to be carried is an art in itself and it soon becomes obvious why this is a good idea when you are lugging your rucksack up the first hill!
Other two day Mountain Marathons include the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM), Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) and the RAB Mountain Marathon. There are also some Mountain Marathons which take place within a single day such as the Lake District Mountain Trial (LDMT) and Dark and White events.
Club members will also be found competing regularly in fell races on the West Pennine Moors, in the Lake District and thoughout the UK.
Another related discipline is Rogaining, very long distance orienteering events that take place over 24 hours. These events are not as prevalent in the UK but often take place in Ireland and continental Europe.