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28/03/2020
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Montane Cheviot Goat 2019

On December 6th 2019, I drove from Bristol with my friend Will to run our first Goat. I have run several ultras, but this was going to be the longest and toughest one yet.  I was feeling a bit anxious about what I had let myself in for, running through a whole day was going to be a new experience. I had done minimal research into the event (ignorance is bliss) but thought that it sounded exciting and challenging, with the bonus of seeing a Cheviot Goat.  During a race... Read More

2020 myau | montane 04/02/2020
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Thinning the Herd

The 2020 Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra has been in full force for the past 5 days. With it has been the usual race dramas; bad feet, cold, fatigue, and the will-they-won’t-they of dot-watching. Where this race differs is the scale of drama – the extreme cold (down to -35 last night) means that any issue, no matter how small, can become a game-changing race-finisher. Factor in the solitude and race-finishers can pose a severe risk to life. The MYAU is often billed as the ‘World’s Coldest Ultra’. This year another... Read More

jayson cavill interview | montane 24/01/2020
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JAYSON’S SPINE

A quick interview with Montane Athlete Jayson Cavill about his spellbinding performance at this years’ Montane Spine Race touching on; tactics, kit, and – most imporantly – the spirit of racing. What was the thought process behind deciding to chase Kelly down? This didn’t really kick in until after the second night. Until then the focus had been getting as far along the course as possible and making sure I was in a position to even finish. Balancing this with moving well enough to stay in contention should things develop... Read More

debbie martin consani | montane 17/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Debbie Martin Consani

At 6:30 this morning, Montane Athlete Debbie Martin-Consani (GBR) touched the wall of the Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm, to secure her place as 2nd woman in the Montane Spine Race 2020. Spine Race Day 7 Video: “That was brutal” said the 2019 Thames Path 100 mile winner as she crumpled to the floor at the finish line, “But honestly, I’d expected it to be a week of pure misery and actually there were a lot more highs than there were lows.” That statement typified a runner who our race... Read More

Day 5 Spine Race | montane 15/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: One-Third Victory, Two-Thirds Heartbreak

John Kelly leads the Montane Spine race at the end of it’s fourth day by a staggering margin and looks certain to win a race he has led since we left Edale on Sunday. The former Barkley Marathons winner has picked up his pace on the final day setting a blistering pace and arriving in the Cheviot Hills whilst no other runner was beyond CP5, more than 30 miles/50km behind him. Spine Race Day 5 Elsewhere, there was heartbreak for 2 runners who until today had looked certain to take... Read More

day 4 of the spine race | montane 14/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Into the Freeze and Catching Z’s

John Kelly leads the Montane Spine race at the end of it’s third day having successfully run his way through the worst of Storm Brendan. His pace has been exceptional, but the heavy weather has caused him to fall 4hrs behind Jasmin Paris’ incredible course record. Spine Race Day 4 Video: Overnight, the UK was battered by 80mph winds and heavy rain, making conditions on the Pennine Way extremely difficult.  The combination of driving rain and severe wind chill convinced many runners to hunker down at CP2 in Hawes.  Not... Read More

spine race 2020 day 3 | montane 13/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Storms’ A-Comin’

As Storm Brendan batters the course, John Kelly (USA) still leads at the halfway mark of the MONETANE Spine Race. Spine Race Day 3 Video: Former Barkley Marathons winner, John Kelly is pushing against winds of up to 80mph to hold the lead in the face of Storm Brendan.  As he cleared the halfway point of the race after passing Tan Hill, he told our team he had resorted to shouting and screaming to himself on the trail to keep from falling asleep. As the front runners push hard to... Read More

spine race 2020 day 2 | montane 12/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Challenger Ends, SPINE Starts

Thrills as the Challenger and MRT competitors race towards Hawes. 163 intrepid full Spine Racers set off into the rain and wind. Spine Race Day 2 Video: “I’m just going to run my own race and not worry about the others.” said John Kelly (USA) just before the race.  It turns out ‘his own race’ lives up to the high expectations which surround this former winner of the extremely gruelling Barkley Marathons.  At the close of day one of the MONTANE Spine Race, John currently sits in the lead and... Read More

2020 spine mrt and challenger | montane 11/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020 COMMENCES WITH CHALLENGER AND MRT

The 174km/108 mile MONTANE Spine® Challenger started on, Saturday 12 January 2019 at 8 AM. 98 Competitors (78 men and 20 women) from 10 different nations are competing to cover 108 miles of the Pennine Way National trail irrespective of what the terrain and the British weather can throw at them. Yesterday, Race Director Phil Hayday Brown described this year’s Challenger as ‘anyone’s race’.  The strongest runners have shown their mettle against gusts between 60-80mph today and a possible podium is starting to materialise. Dougie Zinis (GBR) currently holds the... Read More

2020 SPINE athlete team | montane 10/01/2020
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MEET TEAM MONTANE

Amongst those toeing the line at 8am on Sunday 11th Jan in the wind and rain stand the athletes of Team Montane, keen to challenge themselves against the course and Jasmine’s record:   DEBBIE MARTIN CONSANI MONTANE ATHLETE | Race #194 Debbie regularly competes in 24hr races at an internatinoal level. she has also won and/or medalled in races such as the Montane Lakeland 50 and 100, and finished in the top 20 females at the 2017 Tor des Géants .Her mental fortitude is second to none and comes into... Read More