Recent Montane Spine Race winner Eoin Keith is included in a quality field for the SILVA Northern Traverse starting on Saturday.
The 300km race from St Bees on the west coast of England to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast follows the well established route created by Alfred Wainwright, through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. Despite the 6500m of ascent, it is arguably the most popular long-distance hike in England.
Among the 158 competitors, Irishman Keith returns to seek his third win after victory in 2016 and 2018. He will be joined by Kim Collison, the Paddy Buckley Round and winter Bob Graham Round record-holder, Pavel Paloncy, a three-time Montane Spine Race winner, and Robert Barnes, the 2018 Cape Wrath Ultra winner.
On the women's side, Karen Nash, who won in 2018, returns to take on 2019 Dragon's Back winner Lisa Watson, 2021 Montane Dragon’s Back runner-up Elaine Bisson, 2016 Cape Wrath winner Ita Emanuela Marzotto and Pennine Way FKT-holder Anna Troup.
Starting at 10.30am on Saturday, competitors must reach the finish by 1.30am on Thursday. The leaders are expected to reach Robin's Hood Bay early afternoon on Monday.
Kicking off on hour before these will be the entrants in the SILVA Lakes Traverse, which follows the same route for the 100km as far as Shap in Cumbria.
Live tracking will be available here.
Main pic: The start of the 2018 Northern Traverse, with eventual winner Eoin Keith leading (credit for both pictures: Carrick Amer)