2021 race postponed to 2022 due to COVID
We have had to make the very difficult decision, based on the latest information from the Scottish government, to postpone the 2021 first Kong Mountain Marathon on the Isle of Arran to the 4/5th June 2022.
The COVID roadmap for Scotland does not provide sufficient clarity when events like ours are possible again and we want to respect the local island community and not risk bringing COVID to the island. Also as it is our first race, we want it to be really good without lots of restrictions. We hope you understand.
We are working with SI Entries to send entrants an email with their options. In principle entries will be automatically moved to next year, but in the event you cannot make next year or you prefer a refund, that will also be possible.
A real shame as we were so looking forward to organising the race, but we will be back next year and bring you a great event in such a special place.
We will be using the date of the 6th June 2021 this year for a postponed Kong MINI mountain Marathon (COVID permitting). This is a 4 hour race. We are aiming to use Borrowdale in the Lake District for that race. If you are interested see www.minimountainmarathon.co.uk.
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 .
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.
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 3 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.