OMM Bike Map and control descriptions

Here is the map which you will receive when you register.

2015 Peak District OMM 40000 Working Drawing with Controls 27th March 2015 for printing

It’s printed on waterproof paper but you may want a polythene bag to protect once you have written on the points values at the start each day

Here are the descriptions for both days. There are 6 comments about the map which you will need to copy from a map displayed at registration

Control Descriptions Public

This event is now full with 150 riders and runners so there will only be very limited entry on the day


This 2 day event takes place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September from Orton in Cumbria

Entries close on Sunday and there are 90 riders booked in for the 3 main courses. Entry each day will only be accepted on the 3 hour Non-Competitive course if there are any spare maps. There are 60 controls in the competition area and the A2 1-50,000 map has been prepared by Jens Strain

There are lots of brilliant bridleways and quiet country lanes in this quiet but beautiful old county.

Swindale Smardale Viaduct

Hope to see you there

OMM Bike Results


We had a great weekend in Kielder Forest with 70 riders competing each day. The competition area took in Kielder, Wark and Kershope Forests and Jens had produced 2 excellent and very large maps. I expected some high scores because it’s very fast riding with not too much climb and lots of excellent forest roads and tracks. I tried to make sure that there were plenty of points without going to the edges of the maps and encouraged riders to use the brilliant Lakeshore Way on Saturday. I wanted to use more bridleways but many of them don’t exist on the ground. They were created years ago but haven’t been re-instated where the trees have been felled. The weather wasn’t too bad over the weekend with very little wind and some sunshine on Saturday but we all got wet on Sunday. Fortunately, the midges haven’t started biting yet! Hawkhope made an excellent event centre with a marquee and superb catering from Kielder Organic Meats. The Sunday roast beef after-race meal was probably the best I have ever had.

Thanks to Jim Imber who checked out and photographed most of the controls then put out lots of them with a bit of help from me, Martin Edwards and John Rawden. They all helped me collect them all in again on Sunday along with Graeme Thompson so thank you.

There were some familiar names competing with Andy Conn scoring a magnificent 938 points (out of 1200) on Saturday to lead overnight by nearly 100 points. Mark McPhillips was Sunday’s winner with 660 points (out of 800) despite being 20 minutes late but couldn’t overhaul Andy (1548) who was the overall winner. Mark (1456) finished 3rd because Tim Martin (1471) finished second both days. Maggie McPhillips won the women’s category with 1160 points and 7th overall. Conrad & Jill Ellison were the first Mixed team and 6th overall with 1178 points (but they were on a tandem).

Final thanks to Stuart Hamilton & Andy Williams from ARK who have kept the event alive despite last year’s disappointment and making a loss again this year. We need more riders to make it viable so we hope you will return for the Autumn OMM BIke on September 6th/7th. It won’t be as far north or east and definitely very few forest roads but I have already ridden most of the excellent bridleways and the views are stunning. Please let your mates know and, with more publicity, we will get back up to 150 riders.

Hope to see you there. Steve Willis. Event Planner.



Final League Table 2013

Final NEMBOS League Table
Congratulations to our 2013 Champions
M40 Andy Conn 300 points
M50 Graham Fielding 297
M60 Ray Morriss 257
Gen Max & Martin Vesty 246
M21 Rik Thompson 238
W50 Angela Brand-Barker 229
X50 Andrea Foster & Geoff Moorhouse 210
W60 Karen Blackburn 175
X21 Paul & Sam Leight 138
Prizes were awarded immediately after the event at Wark Forest but you can colect yours at Dalby next weekend if you weren’t there or couldn’t stay.
Thanks to Tony Harker of Muddybums for the tee shirts and Chris Lightfoot for the cut-price engraving.
Thanks to the planners who made the events possible – Martin Edwards, Conrad & Jill Ellison, Neil Hymer and Steve Watson.
Thanks to Jens Strain for another excellent set of maps; Karen Blackburn for running Registration; and John Dixon for running Download as well as calculating the results.
As you will see from the results there were very few riders who managed to get to all 5 events but thanks to everyone who has ridden in the north east for the last 3 years. Hope to see you at the last 3 NYMBO events of 2013 or the Moors Marathon.

Wark Forest Comments & Map

Wark Forest Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to Steve Watson for planning another excellent course, Jens for another excellent map and the helpers as ever for making the event run smoothly – especially the control collectors – Steve, Jim Imber, John Rawden, Adrian Baskerville, Clive Parkinson, Barry Philipson & Crispin Hoult. John Rawden also helped put controls out on Saturday with John Dixon, Steve & Jim. This meant that I could turn up at 8.00 for a full English breakfast at Stonehaugh Social Club which I thoroughly enjoyed but regretted later.

The Social Club made an excellent event centre with refreshments before and after the event. Congratulations to the category winners – Bryan Singleton (M40) was the overall leader with 433 points on a rare foray over the Pennines, John Rawden (M50) 385, Max & Martin Vesty (G) 375 and 3rd overall, Carl Poulter (M21) 370, Angela Brand-Barker (W50) 340 and first woman, Adrian Baskerville (M60) 325, Andrea Foster & Geoff Moorhouse (X50) 280.

Although we have ridden in Wark regularly for the last 5 years Steve had added new areas to the competition map and altered enough locations and values to create a different emphasis. The map nearly reached Kielder Water so some of the views from the ridges were magnificent in the glorious Autumn sunshine. I was able to enjoy a full 4 hour ride for a change with John Dixon looking after Download. I decided to go round anti-clockwise so that I rode down Chirdon Moor then got to the northern cluster of controls. It was well worth it but I was well off the pace of the leading riders.

We held the prizegiving at 3.30 thanks to John Dixon’s efficiency with the results and the generous sponsorship of Muddybums for the tee shirts and cut-price engraving from Chris Lightfoot. Unfortunately, there were only 12 people there, which sums up my dissatisfaction with the NEMBOS league. The planners have done an excellent job over the last 3 years and the riders have enjoyed the courses but the numbers at 3 of the events do not justify the effort that the planners have put into each event. Unless we can think of ways which will encourage more riders to enter, I won’t be willing to organise a NEMBOS League next year. It is more likely that I will extend the NYMBO league to 11 events including a couple of events around Guisborough and Richmond. There is also the chance that the OMM Bike/Polaris might be heading to the north east next year.

Full results are here and the competition map is below if you couldn’t make it to the event and want to follow anyone’s route.

2013 Wark 40000 Working Drawing with Controls 3rd September

The next NYMBO events are a 3 hour MBO Score event in Dalby Forest on Saturday 21st September followed by the annual Moors Marathon on Sunday. The event centre is at the Fox & Rabbit on the A169 5 miles north of Pickering this year where camping is available both nights.

Cheers, Steve