Well that’s it, BBMC is over for another year.  The team would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that entered.  Over 800 of you were able to join us on the hill this year and yet again we were blessed with fantastic weather (don’t expect this every year!).  We look forward to hopefully seeing many of you again next year for what will be a special year for both the event and the team.  Next year will be the 30th Big Black Mountains Challenge and also the 50th anniversary of Longtown Mountain Rescue Team being established.  We hope you can make it for this special event.  Further details of BBMC 2015 and other celebratory events will be posted on the News page and via Twitter (@longtownmrt).

As always we’d also like to say a big thank you  to Trekitt for continuing to sponsor the event.

Big Black Mountains Challenge 2015 – Saturday 16th May 2015 – entries will open early January 2015.  Enter early to ensure you don’t miss out.


This years event is full and entries are now CLOSED.  Thank you to everyone for continuing to support the event and we look forward to seeing you all next month.

The team are extremely pleased to have been picked as one of 5 finalists for this years Principality Building Society Community vote.  The winner, which will be decided by public vote, will receive £5000.  If we are lucky enough to win the team intends to use the award to equip our rescue vehicles with the latest IT and GPS search technology, allowing us to carry out search and rescue operations swiftly and more effectively.

Please show your support for the team by giving us your vote.  You can vote in one of three ways:

By visiting a Principality branch

By using the Facebook app http://bit.ly/1fo2Uo9

Or, by visiting the Principality on-line voting website  http://bit.ly/1bqEdrO

Voting closes on Saturday 15th February 2014

Entries for this years Big Black Mountain’s Challenge, which will take place on Saturday 17th May, are now OPEN! As usual places are limited so apply early to avoid disappointment.

As highlighted in an earlier post, this year we have gone to an on-line booking system.  Please ensure that you download the event information document and in particular have read the conditions of entry before entering

We look forward to seeing you all in May

Happy new year.  The start of a new year can only mean one thing, entries to this years BBMC will open shortly!  This year we will be going to an on-line entry system.  Watch the News section over the coming days for more details.

On the 23rd January 2014 at the Shire Hall in Monmouth, Dr Anne Griffiths will be doing a talk to raise funds for the team.  Namaste,  is a presentation by Anne on her trek in the Himalayas, reflecting on the mountains and culture of Nepal.   The talk will start at 7.30pm and tickets are £5, with proceeds going to the team.

The team have been notified this week that we have been successful in gaining £3000 from the Lloyds Bank Community fund.  The money will be used to provide team issue waterproof trousers to all team members.  The team would like to thank everyone who voted for us by text, on-line or by visiting their local Lloyds Bank branch.











After a year off in 2013 the fundraising calendar returns, again featuring stunning pictures of the Black Mountains.  Calendars are available at a number of outlets (£7) or mail order (£9 inc. postage and packing).  Stockists are -

Trekitt, Eign Gate, Hereford

Crickhowell Adventure, Crickhowell

Skirrid Mountain Garage, Pandy

Crown Inn, Pantygelli

Pomegranate, Station Approach, Abergavenny

Cheques for £9, made payable to Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, should be sent to

Calendar Offer

Longtown Mountain Rescue team

PO Box 120



A date for your diaries – Big Black Mountains Challenge 2014 will be on Saturday 17th May 2014.  Entries will open in January 2014

The team has been shortlisted for this years Lloyds Community Fund and we need your vote.  We are one of four finalists for Monmouthshire.  If we are successful we will receive £3000, which will go towards waterproof trousers for team members.

The fund is decided by public vote and voting is open from 23rd September to 1st November 2013.  You can vote in your local Lloyds Bank branch, online or by SMS text message – text VOTE MWQB to 61119.  Full details at

https://communityfund.lloydsbank.com/voting/cf_org_vote_profile.asp?guid=5A44EDB004D94ECEB04472AB52EB4A21&fb_action_ids=10151922390123767&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151922390123767%22%3A367731156662606%7D&action type map=%7B%2210151922390123767%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Please support the team and give us your vote