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The Spine Race

13-Jan-2018 Edale, Yorkshire & the Humber, UK (England)

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431KM / 268Miles
3 Days - 75 Runners

Alternate Distances: 174KM/108M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

A 268 mile, non-stop 7-day challenge from Edale to Kirk Yetholm across the Pennine Way: Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park.

The mandatory equipment check will take place at the pre-race briefing the day before the race starts.

Runners will receive: accommodation; hot food and drinks at the five checkpoints; baggage transfer; a GPS tracking device and medical support throughout the course. In addition to the checkpoints, there will be smaller stopping points.

The Challenger option is a non-stop 108-mile race from Edale to Hawes. The time limit for this category is 60 hours.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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ChrisThePuma

09:14 15-02-17

I ran the Challenger version of this race (108 miles) in January 2017. The race is truly brutal as it is billed. So much so that I have signed up for the longer version (268 miles) for next year.
Here are my blogs detailing my experience of this truly amazing race:
Pre race build up: http://chrisjworton.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/spine-challenger-2017-race-report-part.html
Race report: http://chrisjworton.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/spine-challenger-2017-race-report-part_26.html
The aftermath: http://chrisjworton.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/spine-challenger-2017-race-report-part_27.html

Enjoy :-)

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UKRunCat

02:06 01-02-17

I took part in the Spine Challenger in 2017 & despite completing numerous ultra marathons have never done anything quite like it before. We faced heavy snow on the first ascent which had turned into torrential rain and flooded trail by the time I stopped. It genuinely lives up to it's description as Britain most Brutal race and everything about it is awful... the terrain, ascent, navigation, darkness, isolation and weather but all this is also what makes it the most amazing experience that I have ever had. Loved it. I'll be back for more. For my full report please go to: https://ukruncat.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/the-spine-challenger-2017/

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pwilkie

07:15 10-02-16

I ran the full Spine race (as opposed to the Challenger or the Mountain Rescue Challenger) in 2016. This is an epic undertaking involving traversing the full length of the Pennine Way. The cut off is 7 days which is achievable provided that you keep going at a steady pace and can look after yourself. It takes a vast mental strength as well as physical ability and should not be underestimated. The completion rate is about 1/3 of the starters so please do not enter this event lightly. That said, I really enjoyed taking part in it, and would certainly recommend it to people as I don't think there's another event on this scale in the country.

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jurasource

10:50 01-02-16

An awesome race, but very long and very cold. I ran this in 2016.
Full report here: https://jurarunner.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/fancy-an-adventure-maybe-the-spine-race-is-for-you/

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