Montane Spine Race to stage two new events

The 43-mile Spine Sprint will kickstart the post-lockdown racing scene in June

Montane Spine Race

by Trail Running |

Organisers of the Montane Spine Race have launched two new events based on the route of the iconic original.

The 43-mile Montane Spine Sprint on June 19 will cover a challenging route along the first section of one of Britain's toughest events from Edale in Derbyshire to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

The Spine Challenger North, to be held on January 22 2022, will cover 160 miles at the other end of the "Spine" from Hawes in North Yorkshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.

The Montane Spine Race in the winter and Montane Summer Spine Race (previously known as the Spine Fusion) are extreme 168-mile treks along the whole of the Pennine Way.

The Sprint is defined as "entry-level" but runners will have to take on tough sections of the Peak District within the cut-off time of 18 hours while being self-sufficient.

"The massive support we saw for the Virtual Race in January convinced us that there is a place for a Spine event that caters to those who are ready and eager for a taste of the Spine but need to work their way up to the 'big' race’," said race director Phil Hayday-Brown.

"It’s a shorter event but it’s still the Pennine Way, so it’s still physically and psychologically demanding and requires a good level of physical fitness, and resolve."

It will begin on the same day as the Summer Spine Race and Spine Challenger, which is a 108-mile race from Edale to Kirk Hardraw.

Runners in the Spine Challenger North will have 108 hours in which to complete the 160-mile course northwards over the Scottish border.

This event will coincide with the flagship Montane Spine Race, famously won outright in a record time by Jasmin Paris in 2019, and the winter version of the Montane Spine Challenger. The Spine Race often throws up extreme weather along its extreme terrain and is known as one of the toughest non-stop footraces in the world. It has an overall ascent of 13,135m and a similar descent.

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