THE KONG

MOUNTAIN MARATHON
New date: 27th/28th August
Isle of Arran, Scotland

2022 race new date 27/28th August

Following the deferral of the new Kong Mountain Marathon from 2020 to 2021, we have had numerous conversations with the landowners, National trust for Scotland and NatureScot. 

The isle of Arran and specially our event area in the Arran Northern Mountains and Arran Moors is a unique geological and natural habitat. The area is internationally important for its breeding Hen Harriers. Around 5 percent of the UK breeding population of Hen Harriers are found on Arran. In addition the area is nationally important for Red-throated Divers, Golden Eagle, Peregrine falcon and Short-eared Owl. Furthernore there is an important resident red deer population that live on the open hill land within the Arran Northern Mountains. 

Taking this into further consideration, we have been asked by NatureScot and the National trust for Scotland to move the date from June to August to avoid the key bird nesting and deer calving period and we have received permission from the landowners for the last weekend of August. The weekend of 27/28th August is of course the bank holiday weekend in England, but not in Scotland. 

We have spend many weeks now on Arran planning for the event and the natural beauty of the island keeps surprising us. We cannot wait to show you the island and hopefully the weather will be even better in August (although there are no guarantees of course in Scotland). 

We apologise for any inconvenience of yet another date change, but we hope you understand that we have to ensure we don’t cause damage to this beautiful environment. 

We hope to see you on the startline in August!

What is a Mountain Marathon?

The Kong Mountain Marathon is designed to test both orienteering and fell running skills in extreme wild country terrain in Scotland over a two day period. Each team of two navigates their way over the Scottish hills aiming to find a series of checkpoints as quickly as they can. Each team has to be self-sufficient and carry all their gear including equipment and food for an overnight camp. None of the courses or the overnight remote campsite location are disclosed until the team actually starts on Day 1.

The competition has a range of courses to suit different levels of fitness and navigational expertise. After your weekend adventure you will be able to share your experiences with fellow competitors at a hearty meal and prize giving .

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History of Mountain Marathons in Scotland

Since the 1990’s there has always been a two day Mountain Marathon in Scotland and many people will have fond memories of the LAMM and the Highlander which are sadly no longer being organised.

We are two families – the Wainwrights and the Van Vroenhovens – who have organised Kong Mini-Mountain Marathons for the last 5 years. We are looking forward to the additional challenge of organising a weekend event and having a reason to explore pastures new in Scotland.

We are a Community Interest Company and organise these events as a hobby so that any proceeds from the event can support local charities and rural businesses as well as enabling people of a range of ages and abilities to enjoy challenging events in wild and beautiful places.

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Kong Mini Mountain Marathons

Why not practice for the ‘big one’ – we are organising 4 hour Mini Mountain Marathons in Wales, the Lake District and the Peak District. Collect as many controls in 4 hours as you can with a hearty lunch and warm drink afterwards

Thank you to our Sponsor Kong Running!

Kong has a fantastic shop and climbing wall in Keswick and have been our sponsors for the Kong Mini Mountain Marathons for the last 4 years. It is brilliant news they have decided to sponsor our Scottish Mountain Marathon. Paul, Lou, Chris and the team are passionate fell runners themselves and we are grateful for their support!

Partnership with the Saucony BAMM in Sweden

We are very pleased to announce an exciting partnership with the Saucony Bjorkliden Artic Mountain Marathon (BAMM) in Lapland, Sweden. The BAMM is one of the oldest races in the world and takes place in the Swedish mountains, above the Artic circle on the 6/7th August 2021. The BAMM team have been so kind to provide a free entry with accommodation to one (team) of our 2021 Kong Mountain Marathon course / class winners. The lucky winners will be decided at the prize giving on Sunday after the race. Similarly we will welcome a Swedish Team to our 2021 Kong Mountain Marathon.