About - Ourea Events

About

Ourea Events is the trading name of Ourea Ltd and the business owns and organises challenging off-road mountain running events. Each event has a unique feel and identity, which has been carefully crafted to meet the very high standards of off-road running connoisseurs. For a complete list of our events, please see the events page.

 

Why Ourea Events? According to Greek mythology, the Ourea were primeval deities and the children of Gaia. They were thought to dwell in the mountains and considered to be the mountain spirits. Ourea Events maintains an ethos that remains true to the spirit of adventure in the mountains.

 

If you choose to enter one of our events you can be assured of a challenging and memorable experience that is meticulously organised by a highly-motivated team of professionals, who share your passion for running and adventure.

 

Ourea Events is a member of 1% for the Planet and therefore 1% of our total sales are donated to grass roots environmental organisations involved with the conservation and protection of the mountains.

 

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Shane Ohly
Managing Director

Shane Ohly is the Managing Director of Ourea Ltd and acts as the Race Director at each of the Ourea Events' races. Shane has a background working as a freelance event planner, Race Director and/or Event Director at some of the largest adventure sport events. As the Race Director at Ourea Events Shane is responsible for ‘courses and concepts’ and also takes charge of the health and safety of the participants, event team and members of public. He is an elite mountain runner and orienteer who won the coveted OMM Elite in 2011, 2016 and 2017. Find out more HERE.

 


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Lucy Scrase
Commercial and Operations Director

Lucy Scrase is the Commercial and Operations Director of Ourea Ltd and acts as the Event Director at each of the Ourea Events' races. Lucy is an accomplished event professional with two decades experience in sporting, outdoor and consumer events including the Ski and Snowboard Show, The Outdoors Show, Keswick Mountain Festival and London 2012 Olympics. At Ourea Events she is responsible for the static site operations and logistics.

 

 


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Tom Hecht
Marketing and IT Manager

Tom first experienced working with Ourea Events through volunteering at the 2012 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ and was Ourea Events’ first full time employee helping with the logistical organisation of each event and taking charge of the marketing and social media. He is a keen cyclist, skier, scrambler and (fair weather) mountain runner. One day he would love to enter one of our own events (especially the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline®)!

 

 


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Janie Oates
Marketing and Events Coordinator

Janie trekked part of the Cape Wrath trail in 2012 in preparation for her Mountain Leader award. She was then inspired to volunteer on the Cape Wrath Ultra in 2018 after having seen the film of the inaugural event. She now works for Ourea events full time supporting all marketing activities. Originally from the Lake District, she is a keen fell runner and member of local club Helm Hill runners. 

 

 


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Graham Gristwood
Event Manager

With a professional background organising orienteering, multi-sport and team-building events, Graham takes the lead role in the planning of each event, and the coordination of our freelance planning teams. He has a deep knowledge of mapping and map design, so is responsible for ensuring the high quality of our race maps! As a competitor, he has represented GB in both orienteering and mountain running, and still can be seen regularly competing in both the forests and on the hills.

 


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Gary Tompsett
Freelance Event Planner

Based in Scotland, Gary Tompsett is a Freelance Event Planner of some renown, and a consummate participant and podium placer in mountain marathons, foot orienteering, hill running, adventure racing, MTB racing and MTB orienteering. No better credentials will be found for an adventure-maker in the UK! Shane Ohly and Gary Tompsett have been working together on various events since 2008, whilst also sharing some memorable mountain adventures!

 


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Helen Samson
Event Administration Manager

Helen comes to us with years of experience working in the outdoor industry.  A coach with the local running club and a keen runner herself she makes an excellent addition to the team. Helen is principally responsible for the coordination of the volunteer and professional event team members at each event, responding to customer service enquiries from participants on both email, phone and social media, and also liaising with elite athletes.

 

 


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Sue Dowker
Event Finance Manager

Sue has been a regular volunteer at our events since helping at the first Marmot Dark Mountains™ in 2013. Being a keen off-road runner and living in Kendal made her a natural choice for this role. Sue is responsible for event-related financial administration including bookkeeping and supplier management. Alongside Helen, she coordinates the Event Team and participant welfare at each event.

 

 


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Alex Chesters 
Operations Coordinator

Alex originally joined Ourea Events on school work experience, before starting a seasonal role with us supporting our event operations and logistics, including managing the maintenance, storage and load/unloading of our event equipment between each event. He is a keen cyclist and ski instructor.