He’s had a tough year for running, with things not going his way, so it was such a relief to get that result of second overall and first vet. I’ll forgive him for the demands and orders he barked from the sofa that night, with ‘I ran too you know’ being muttered under my breath only a couple of times! But a positive is despite the 40 miles and 6800ft of ascent I wasn’t stiff or too tired after the race. I think I finished 27th -top third, and so yes, I... Read More
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I finished in just under 9 and half hours. Amazing that Marcus had done that 4 hours quicker and then gone on to the second loop. I got my medal and fleece. I then got chatting to a English runner Jaqui who had finished just before me, and I saw that Marcus was second at last checkpoint which was a great result if he could hold it. It got dark and began to rain as I waited for him, and shared his joy as he crossed the line. 1 TRAINING ... Read More
We set off with the 120km runners and wound up through the steep streets out of the town. I had actually started nearish the front so a few people were coming past me, yet I was going past others that walked the hill. We soon turned off the road and started the next 39 miles of dusty winding trails which made for an absolutely stunning race. There were a few bottlenecks at canyons at the start but otherwise, I got into my rhythm, plodding along, waiting for the first of... Read More
The second part of this year has been a lesson in patience, in moderation for me, in realising I’m not as invincible as a couple of good races can make me feel. I had always said 2018 would be about the Northern Traverse and it was, and thinking I would want a break from running and training after that I had said no more races for 2018. 1 TRAINING 2 NERVES 3 THE RACE 4 AFTERMATH Had. As... Read More
Marcus says I’m an anxious traveller and maybe I am a bit; I don’t like all the stages of air travel and a full day to travel there, and one on the way back, seems a lot when days off are precious. I also had an important Parole Hearing for work on the day I got back. This one was 170 miles away and for a young person I have represented for 10 years. My work still means something to me, even if I find my focus elsewhere at times.... Read More
October saw Jen complete over 44,000ft of ascent in 251miles of training for the Montane Spine Challenger Race in January. Wet and windy conditions can’t stop the determined Jen smashing out some great runs, highlights include: Edale Skyline (plus extra miles on Win Hill) Recce run 24miles of the Dark Peak 30 Dark Peaks 30 Ultra (4th Female) Jen Scotney is a Montane Ambassador. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
Montane Athlete Jen Scotney took part in the Long Score at the Lake District OMM as part of her training for the Montane Spine Challenger race in January 2018. In the latest vlog Jen and her husband Marcus take you along on this windy and wet weekend of racing. Jen is wearing the Spine jacket, the Fireball Verso Pull-On, and using the VIA Dragon 20 pack.
As I ascended the final big climb there was the distant rumble of thunder and dark menacing clouds signalled the arrival of thunderstorms. The rumbles of thunder became more frequent, and as I ran across the top of the exposed hill drops of rain began to fall, cooling me down. The storm appeared to be clinging to the hillside on the opposite side of the valley which I had been running over only a few hours ago. More thunder. Would I be caught in the storm? Abruptly the route of... Read More
8 days, 248 miles Over the last few years, the mountain running scene across the world has boomed, not least in the UK. Sky running, fell running, adventure racing and trail running, to name but a few have become widely recognised, both within the running community and in the media. Not content with taking part in half or full city marathons, runners are turning to the distinct challenges of off-road ultra distance races. Endurance races have seen numbers of entrants rise year on year. All 1,050 places on the 2015... Read More
The 2019 Spine Race continues to draw international talent, solidifying itself as ‘Britain’s Most Brutal’ ultra-endurance event. A competitor battles driving snow during 2018’s race. (© Racing Snakes). START TIMES Montane Spine Challenger: 08:00 12.01.2019 Montane Spine MRT Challenge: 09:00 12.01.2019 Montane Spine Race: 08:00 13.01.2019 The Montane Spine Race is a non-stop 268 mile winter ultra-marathon encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. Since its inception in 2012, which saw 11 entrants and... Read More