Original Everest Marathon Newsletter

July Newsletter

The OEM is an amazing creature devouring much of my time, but it is also bringing me great satisfaction when I get excited about all the new possibilities, see things falling into place and I get to meet such great people, forming relationships that wouldn’t have happened without this role. Thanks to you all.

Here’s a round-up on what’s been happening over the last few months and what’s planned.


We opened entries for this year on 1st August 2018 and now we’re almost at that time of year again. A year ago we were still undecided as to whether the OEM would follow the original biennial pattern but it soon became  obvious that it must become an annual event.

Some people have already got their entries in for 2020, so if you fancy coming next year the dates are provisionally 14th November – 6th December 2020.

Registration form.


Using trackers for the marathon was going to be a first for 2019. In May, Keith MacIntosh went out to the Khumbu and did some fast journeys over high cols, talked to lots of people on the way and ran the marathon route. He had two types of tracker with him to test on the marathon route – one didn’t work at all and the other worked for part of the route. It’s a real shame not to be able to use them but the other way of looking at it is that it’s good to be reminded that we’re in the high mountains and we should neither expect or want things to be as they are at home.
Keith Macintosh

Lukla flights update

In April we heard that Kathmandu Airport was going to stop flights to Lukla as a result of an excess of air traffic using the one runway and the need to carry out maintenance work. At the time I was delighted it wasn’t going to affect us in November! Now we know that the maintenance is going to last all year, so we are now going to be flying from Ramechhap to Lukla. This is a shorter flight and a longer road journey. It means we don’t need to do the early morning chaos of the Kathmandu airport and we’ll get to see far more of this part of Nepal.

The OEM Practice weekend

Giggleswick School was a fabulous location –the pretty Dales village with rose-covered cottages and stream running through with easy access onto the fells. The bluebells were very blue and the sun was with us for most of the time. The food that the school dished up was amazing – masses of it and very good.

The two days were spent practicing techniques for uphill, downhill and using poles and Marcus Scotney provided input on the runners mind-set and goal setting.  Time out on the fells involved some navigation practice and for the majority there was a good long run, followed by a swim for the brave. The theme for the weekend was sharing best practice and getting to know each other – particularly reassuring for people who are going out to run on their own and wondering what the others will be like. Turns out they’re a really great bunch!

It wasn’t all dashing about – on Saturday evening we sat back to watch Chris Brown’s slides of  running the Everest Marathon 30 years ago. His message was clear, ‘Forget your lightweight running gear, it’s cold up there.’ Everyone was charmed and inspired by Chris, who is coming to run again this year. 

Gigglewick Training for OEM

A massive thank you for organising such an informative, fun, great value weekend. The food was superb and plentiful as promised. The training was very well delivered by all involved and the session on kit options was really useful.  It was really good to meet our fellow runners, marshals and Doctor Hilary, as well as getting to know Ali better too. Because of all this, we’re looking forward to the event even more now than before” Lynda Broadway


Coaching Event 2020

Now that we know what sort of input you want, the event for next year will have more time for coaching in the all the different aspects of running to prepare for the OEM.  I’ve booked accommodation in Glenridding, on Ullswater, for 3 nights, 7th – 9th May 2020, (Friday 7th is a Bank Holiday).  Information about the event will be sent out in the New Year and for now, you can count on good company, good running in the fells around Helvellyn, good food and high quality coaching.

What we’ve been doing

On 10th July, Keith held a presentation, ‘Running on the Roof of the World’, at the Patagonia store in Chamonix. Andy Parkin, a mountaineer and artist, who lives in Chamonix came along and contributed from his role as a trustee of Community Action Nepal. It was a great success with people getting inspired, connections being made and Patagonia and Ravanel donating prizes for the evening.  Something to look out for next summer, if you happen to be in Chamonix. Conference autour des courses de trail Himalayens

Reach Out For Nepal Day – 22nd June in Capel Curig.

Paul Hodges and Dorina Savu, along with their staff and friends at the Moel Siabod Café, put on a great fund-raising day for one of CAN’s projects.

Paul’s particular version of fundraising involved a long run, with two of his mates. The Carneddau 2000’ Challenge involved 49 miles over 22 peaks with 12,500’ of height gain.

Reach out for nepal day
It was a fabulous day out on the hill and a new ‘round’ has been created.
You can read all about it in more detail https://originaleverestmarathon.com/en/about-oem/fundraising/13-sections/fundraising/1021-the-carneddau-2-000ft-peak-challenge

Paul is going to be running the OEM and Dorina is one of the marshals.

Newly published articles

Running on the roof of the world is never going to give you a marathon personal best, but it will be an incredible, life-changing experience. If you love being in the mountains, want to get a close-up look at Everest, are fascinated by the Sherpa people or just love running, the Original Everest Marathon combines all these elements, and more.

read the whole article below


Marathon Man Heads Back to Everest

There are so many runners out there who deserve recognition for everything they do for the running community. One such runner is Chris Brown, 73, who not only has 200 park runs under his belt, but he’s about to return to run the Original Everest Marathon, thirty years after first tackling it for charity.

Chris brown takles the OEM again
Read his article here
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