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Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra: Interview With The Race Organiser

Robert Pollhammer is the race organiser of the world’s coldest and toughest ultra trail, the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Riding off the back of an extremely successful race for 2015, he takes time out to talk to us. What is the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra and how would you describe it to a newcomer? The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra is the world’s coldest and toughest trail ultra. You can participate on foot, mountain bike or with cross country skis. It is a non-stop race with various distances from marathon to... Read More

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The Official Montane Spine Race Film

Film makers Summit Fever Media produced a feature length film about the Montane Spine Race in 2015, watch the trailer by clicking the image below: Notorious amongst ultra athletes for the grit, endurance and determination needed to complete it, the Montane Spine Race is a gruelling 7 day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way in the UK. Competitors will race non-stop on foot in the depths of British winter and its unpredictable weather. Encountering deep snow, ice, bogs, strong winds, mud and... Read More

28/07/2015
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Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 2015: a tale of success

Over 900 competitors arrived at the John Ruskin School in Coniston on Friday, nervously and excitedly lining up for race registration.  305 were on the roster for the ML100 and 615 for the ML50. A live rendition of the operatic race anthem, Nessum Dorma, was sung by tenor Alexander Wall before the start of the ML100 at 6pm on Friday 24 July. The weather was kind to runners – not as scorching as last year’s race (read the 2014 ML100 & 50 race report here).  And with no heavy downpours expected,... Read More

28/07/2015
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Montane Lakeland 100 & 50: #LakelandLegend Harry Johnson

There were many memorable moment from the Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 ultra races on 24-26 July 2015: Alexander Wall singing the race anthem ‘Nessun Dorma’, Paul Tierney charging over the finish line to claim a well deserved victory in the men’s ML100, Debbie Martin Consani stepping up a gear to claim 2nd lady in the ‘sprinter’s ML50 race after winning the ladies ML100 in 2014… But the unexpected highlight came towards the end of the ML50 on Sunday 26 July.  Most racers had crossed the line and were resting... Read More

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Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015 – Final Report

Another Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra is history. It was a tough one.  Temperatures of -45°C, in some places on the trail possibly even down to –50° C during the first couple of nights, which influenced the entire race. After all the warnings about frostbite and other cold-related problems, race organiser Robert Pollhammer was very happy to see all athletes arrive at Rivendell Farm in pretty good shape. That’s all except Ignatios Konstantin (430 miles) who had a bad cold and Renzo Moltrasio (300 miles) who had bad stomach problems. Both... Read More

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Montane Spine Race – Day 6

Pavel Paloncy wins the Montane Spine Race 2015 for a 2nd time. Competitors on the Montane Spine Race were held once again on day 5 (14 January), with re-start set for 07:00 and 08:00 for those in the Alston and Bellingham checkpoints respectively the following morning on day 6 (15 January). With the front of the race stationed at Bellingham, at 08:00, eyes were once again on two front runners Pavel Paloncy, Eoin Keith and chasing group Beth Pascall, Mark Townsend, Tim Laney and Damian Hall.  This group had swelled... Read More

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Montane Spine Race – Day 5

Vicious weather plays havoc with the Montane Spine Race again on day 5. This year’s 268 mile Montane Spine Race has certainly been memorable so far.  Day 3 (12 January) saw race organisers step in to hold competitors back at checkpoints while gale force winds and storms blew themselves out.  Day 4 saw the race continue in earnest and athletes pushed on, taking advantage of a slight break in the weather. The two front runners, Pavel Paloncy and Eoin Keith had reached checkpoint 5 at Bellingham at 08:41 on the... Read More

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Montane Spine Race – Day 4

Day 4 of the Montane Spine Race saw competitors released from holding positions due to dangerous weather. 13 January of the main Montane Spine Race started early for current race leader Pavel Paloncy.  After being held by race organisers due to extreme weather conditions at checkpoint 3 (Middleton-in-Teesdale), he was finally able to re-start his race at 03:00.  By this time, other racers had come up from CP2 and a group of them left CP3 at similar times. For those glued to the those little orange markers on the live... Read More

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Montane Spine Race – Days 2 & 3

The Montane Spine Race isn’t labelled as ‘perfect in its cruelty’ and ‘Britain’s most brutal race’ for no reason. Day 1 (10 January) of the 2015 Spine was hostile – severe weather pushed the start of the race back to 11.30am.  Mountain safety teams were positioned shortly after the start of the Spine Challenger.   Competitors faced gale force winds, snow in the borders, bogs and battering hail.  Of the 91 brave Spine Race souls at the start line, after day 1 incredibly few had retired. Day 2 (11 January) saw... Read More

10/01/2015
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Montane Spine Race – Day 1

Weather forecasts for the Montane Spine Race left little doubt, this year was going to be a tough and brutal slog.  Over 150 brave souls honoured the 50th year of the Pennine Way, by racing along the 268 and 108 mile non-stop national trail, as part of Britain’s most brutal ultra race. The forecast was for gale force winds, driving rain, sleet, snow and everything in between.  Ultra racers in Britain aren’t put off by a “little” weather and the 108mile Challenger Race began with 60 competitors lining up at the... Read More