Experience the thrill of the ROC Mountain Marathon, where adventurers of all ages come together for a two-day journey of running, orienteering, and camping. Embrace the challenge, enjoy the camaraderie, and make unforgettable memories in some of the UK’s most stunning mountainous destinations.

What is the ROC?

What is the ROC?

Standing for Running, Orienteering, & Camping, the ROC Mountain Marathon is a two-day fell running and navigation challenge for solos and pairs with an overnight camp. It takes place in a different mountainous destination in the UK each year and promotes self-sufficiency, adventure, and mountain craft.

Course choice

• Linear – think ‘time trial’ – you navigate between a set number of checkpoints as quickly as possible.

• Score – Acquire as many points as possible within a set amount of time (score checkpoints have different values assigned to them).

Course choice

Why the ROC?

GPS Tracking

Allows family and friends to follow in real-time + good deterrent to avoid out-of-bounds + post-event GPS trace for your logging + race control can monitor your safety.

Self-sufficiency in the wilderness

With restricted entry numbers and a combination of both linear and score courses, participants have a huge choice of controls the chance of ‘snakes’ of runners all heading to the same control are minimised.

Wide spread of prize categories

The ROC Mountain Marathon offers a diverse range of prize categories to recognize achievements across all skill levels and age groups. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-time participant, there’s a chance to earn accolades and celebrate your accomplishments.

Essential Items for the ROC Mountain Marathon

Proper preparation is key to success in the ROC Mountain Marathon. Ensure you have all the necessary gear to stay safe, navigate effectively, and maintain self-sufficiency throughout the event. Here’s a comprehensive list of essential items to bring.

GPS TrackerAllows real-time tracking, ensures safety, post-event loggingImportant for family, friends, and race control
Navigation ToolsEssential for orienteering and finding checkpointsIncludes map, compass, and possibly a GPS device
Running GearComfortable and appropriate clothing for runningSuitable for mountain terrain and weather conditions
Camping EquipmentFor the overnight camp, includes tent, sleeping bag, etc.Must be lightweight and durable
Water and Food SuppliesEnsures self-sufficiency, maintains energy and hydrationHigh-energy snacks and adequate water supply
Weather-Appropriate ClothingTo handle various weather conditions in the mountainsLayers, waterproof jacket, and sturdy footwear
Map and CompassCritical for navigation and course selectionAlways carry as a backup to electronic devices
Safety EquipmentBasic first aid kit, whistle, and emergency suppliesIncludes any personal medication
Watch or TimerFor time management, especially important for score coursesUseful for pacing and checkpoint tracking
Personal IdentificationFor event registration and emergency purposesID card, race number, and emergency contact info
Headlamp or FlashlightNecessary for navigating in low light conditionsExtra batteries recommended
BackpackTo carry all essential items comfortablyShould be ergonomic and weather-resistant