Montane Spine Race
One of the toughest ultra distance races in Europe - The MONTANE® Spine Race is a brutal 268 mile, non-stop, winter mountain marathon that encompasses the entire Pennine Way. Competitors must cover some of the most difficult and challenging terrain found in England including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park. The race finishes on the Scottish Borders.
Over the 268 mile route (431km) from Edale to Kirk Yethom competitors must tackle 36,729 ft (11,195m) of ascent, with the highest point on the course being 2,920ft (893m).
Winter on the Pennine Way presents its own unique conditions: deep snow, ice, gale force winds and torrential rain all add to the physical demands of the race. This along with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure, mean that to finish the race you must be willing to push yourself harder than ever before.
For runners that want to experience the Spine but in a shorter and faster format, there is The MONTANE ® Spine Challenger.
The Challenger, although being shorter than the full Spine Race, is a physically and psychologically demanding race that demands concentration and respect. The 60 hour, 108 mile race from Edale to Hawes encompasses a challenging and extremely technical section of the Pennine Way.
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