A full mountain marathon kit is on offer for the competition winner

A full mountain marathon kit is on offer for the competition winner

Outdoor brand Lifesystems is offering the chance to win a free entry to a mountain marathon, along with all the recommended gear to take part.

More than £1,750 of equipment and clothing is on offer in the Original Mountain Marathon tie-up.

Lifesystems said it is its biggest competition ever.

Outdoor and survival-accessory brand Lifesystems said: “An exciting opportunity for all outdoor enthusiasts or adventure racers, Lifesystems is offering one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on not only two tickets for an OMM event of their choice this year, but also all of the kit they will need to take part.

“Worth over £1,750, the outstanding prize includes almost everything listed on the OMM’s recommended kit list and together with two entries for an event of your choice, the prize means you are ready to get out there, push yourself to new limits and enjoy an unforgettable new experience.”

The OMM, which began life as the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It recently announced its main challenge will take place in north-western England, though the precise location will only be revealed shortly before the event.

Lifesystems said: “Lifesystems has been partnered with the OMM since 2015. The two brands have worked together to produce a number of lightweight yet highly functional items that form an essential part of the event kit list.

“These products include the OMM endorsed Nano First Aid Kit and Light & Dry Bivi.”

The full list of prizes on offer to the winner is:

  • 2 OMM event entry to a race of your choice during 2017
  • 1 x OMM Kamleika Waterproof Jacket
  • 1 x OMM Kamleika Waterproof Pant
  • 2 x OMM Flash Tights 1.0
  • 1 x OMM Grid Tee Long Sleeve Running T-Shirt
  • 1 x OMM Contour Fleece Top
  • 1 x OMM Rotor Smock
  • 1 x OMM Fusion Gloves
  • 1 x OMM Fusion Beanie
  • 1 x OMM Classic 25 Rucksack
  • 1 x OMM Mountain Raid 1.6 Sleeping Bag
  • 1 x Nordisk Telemark 2 LW Tent
  • 1 x Lifesystems Intensity 155 2018 Head Torch (Not yet available in shops)
  • 1 x Lifesystems Survival Whistle
  • 1 x Lifesystems Nano First Aid Kit
  • 1 x Lifesystems Light & Dry Bivi
  • 1 x Lifeventure Titanium Mug
  • 1 x Lifeventure Titanium Plate, Knife, Fork and Spoon

Entries close on 31 July 2017. The winner will be chosen at random from those who have submitted their details on the competition page.

Competitors in last year's OMM

Competitors in last year's OMM

The Original Mountain Marathon was started in 1968 by Gerry Charnley to test competitors’ abilities in the mountains. He wanted to set up a race that combined running, orienteering, hillwalking and an overnight camp, skills required for anyone entering the UK mountains.

This ethos of self-reliance means competitors are on their own to find a series of checkpoints and an overnight camp before returning on Sunday to the finish. With everyone on a different route the competitors are surrounded by 2000 others but have no-one to follow.

Organisers said: “The OMM race is a very real challenge. There’s no one to feed and water you or give you shelter.

“We want competitors to be prepared for their own race and that includes what they carry and what route they take. We provide a comprehensive, course-wide, invisible safety net around the competitors should they require it, but we want to put competitors at the mercy of their own decisions.”

On 28-29 October the Original Mountain Marathon will celebrate its 50th race. Details of the OMM are on the event’s website.

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