Kendal Mountain FestivalThis was a fabulous 4 days of meeting old friends and being inspired and overwhelmed by what I heard and saw of amazing feats in the mountains of the world. Original Everest Marathon was based at the Community Action Nepal stand and well-represented by Wendy Dodds, Denise Prior and I wearing the new OEM hoodies. The OEM running tops, T-shirts and hoodies have been sent off to New Zealand, Australia, Chamonix, USA and various parts of the UK. So be on the look-out for OEM fanatics wearing the big orange logo on their chests.
OEM & CAN London Lecture - Wednesday 16th JanuaryIf you live in London, you can come to hear Denise Prior talking about the numerous projects CAN has been involved in over the years, its response to the 2015 earthquake and the focus for the future.
This will be followed by Ali Bramall showing you images of Nepal – how Kathmandu and the Khumbu valley looked in 1993 when Ron Isles and Dream Team TV filmed the Everest Marathon and how it has changed over the years.
The changes are dramatic and continuing, so if you’re planning on going to Everest, it’s well worth going as soon as you can.
Organisers, doctors and runners for OEM 2019 at the South Lakes lectureLondon lecture, 16th January at the Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3QF
To tide you over whilst we take you on a journey to the highest parts of the world, we’ll be providing a cold buffet and non-alcoholic drinks at 6.30.
If you want the alcohol as well, we’ll be meeting at the Reliance Pub www.thereliancepub.co.uk from 5.30. Tickets are £10 and need booking through email@example.com
There is a flier attached to this newsletter, so you can send it onto anyone you think might be interested in attending.
Where to shop?The original outdoor equipment shop in Ambleside, The Climbers Shop has been THE place to go to in Cumbria for good quality mountain gear and advice for 59 years! Of course there’s an online shop now as well as a Climbers Shop in Milton Keynes, providing everything a runner, trekker, climber and mountaineer will ever need. What sets them apart from other stores is that TCS staff are passionate and knowledgeable about the gear they sell as they’re out there using it.
For years TCS has been supporting Community Action Nepal by selling a selection of framed and signed prints from Doug Scott. It's your opportunity to own a true piece of mountaineering history. All proceeds go to Doug's charity Community Action Nepal.
Both the Ambleside and Milton Keynes shops are extending their support to anyone taking part in the OEM, by giving a 10% discount on the RRP, in the shops and online - just give them a call to process your discount over the phone. This discount doesn't include books, maps, food or fuel, but that's fine as you're not going to need to buy the latter three as they're part of the OEM package.
It just happens that Nick Cox, the manager in Ambleside is a very keen Ultra runner, so you'll be in good hands when you go to buy gear there. https://www.facebook.com/Climbersshop
An OEM blogHeather lives on Salt Spring Island. It’s an idyllic spot off the east coast of Vancouver Island. Doug Scott passed through Vancouver on his lecture tour and Heather was there. The following day she had signed up for the marathon. If you read her blog on the OEM website,
you’ll find out why and how she managed to ‘Just Do It.’
Her story sends tingles right through my body.
OEM & CAN LeafletAn A5, two-sided leaflet has been produced, summarising the OEM and the work of Community Action Nepal. It’s attached, so please pass it onto anyone you think would benefit from reading it.
Ultra & Trail Running Festival - 13th & 14th April 2019Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire is hosting this festival - the first of its kind.
There is an impressive line-up renowned speakers and lots of input on all things ultra and it’s in a beautiful part of the country. One of our OEM team leaders, Wendy Dodds will be contributing, and one of OEM 2019 runners, Chris Wright, is the organiser of the festival. www.giggleswick.org.uk/ultratrailfest.
Original Everest Marathon weekend – 12th & 13th MayI’ve had it in mind to provide a practice weekend for runners who have booked the OEM 2019 and what we’ve come up with is collaboration between OEM, Due North Events and Giggleswick School. Yes, it’s at the same venue as the festival, just one month later, when the hedgerows and fields will be bursting with bright green and the weather will be perfectly warm and sunny!
There will be training input, runs over the fells and the opportunity of getting to know your OEM team members, doctors and team leaders. The roof over your head will be the school’s cricket pavilion, or you can use your own tent. The school will be laying on great food. What’s not to love! I’m not expecting the entrants who live on the other side of the world to turn up - although it would be really amazing if you did – it’s for anyone who is already signed up for 2019 or considering it.
I read a bit of text that stayed in my mind and it fits in well with the philosophy on which we’re basing this weekend:
The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the best version of ourselves or to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends – no one becomes great on their own but it’s the people around us who help make us great.
A pre-marathon trek?Some people have been saying they want more! So being obliging, we’re looking at providing a trek of about 10 days, (including traveling time), to the Solo Khumbu to allow for even more acclimatisation. In the early days of the Everest Marathon the trek started in this area of quiet trails, progressing through woodland and verdant crop-growing areas, weaving its way through Sherpa and Tamang villages. Now we fly into Lukla and miss this lovely area.
The proposed trek will visit monasteries, a cheese factory and the first Community Action Nepal project, as well as climbing the 4000m Pikey peak before returning to Kathmandu. As the effect of being at altitude lasts for a good two weeks, this trek will provide an extra bit of oomph for managing the higher altitudes of the marathon.
The summit of Pikey provided Sir Edmund Hilary with his favourite view of Everest. It’s also a great viewing point for the other famous mountains - Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu and Annapurna.
There will be more information on this option in the next newsletter and meanwhile, if you’re interested, let me know so I can get an idea of numbers – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paying in installmentsIt's December already - time seems to be moving faster than ever and there are only 11 months to go until the start of OEM November 2019.
If you’re planning on coming, it’s worth registering now as there is still time to pay by 4 installments, if you want to spread the cost.