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further faster podcast episode 19 John Kelly | montane 05/02/2020
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST. EPISODE 19: John Kelly

Hello and welcome to Further, Faster in association with Montane. My name is Daniel Neilson and in these podcasts I speak to athletes, explorers, mountaineers and climbers and ask why they do what they do, why they put themselves through such strain. In this special episode I spoke to John Kelly. You may have heard of him recently, as he’s just won the Montane Spine Race, a non-stop 268-slog across the country, and generally regarded as one of the hardest endurance races in the world. And then you learn that John... 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

extreme smock review | montane 27/01/2020
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OLD SCHOOL COOL

The utterly bombproof Extreme Smock featured as part of a ‘Pertex/Pile’ retrospective in The Great Outdoors Magazine recently. In the seasonal spirit of retrospection, we take a look at how this pivotal piece of technical outerwear came to prominence, why it still has its place in the modern outdoorsman’s wardrobe, and what the future holds in store for this simple yet effective technology: The combination of thick, heavy pile insulation under a breathable Pertex weather-resistant shell membrane first came about in the 80’s. They were warm, windproof, fast-wicking and quick-drying,... 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 6 of the spine race | montane 16/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Winners

John Kelly has won the 2020 edition of the Montane Spine Race, setting a new men’s course record as he did so. Winner Video: “Everything hurts” Kelly said when asked if he had anything to say about his win, whilst sitting in a large plant pot outside the Border Inn, “My body shut down at the final hut.  I wanted to push past it and finish, but I was cold and didn’t want to risk it after what happened to Eugenie last year. But then I warmed up and I... 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