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SarahCrunning - 21/06/2018 20:15:41
   
Spine Fusion and Flare
The Spine Fusion and Flare are the summer versions of the Spine Race and the Spine Challenger. Both events start on Saturday at 8am in Edale. The Spine Fusion covers the entire length of the Pennine Way to Kirk Yetholm (268 miles), and runners have until 8pm on 1st July to complete it (7 days/168 hours). The Spine Flare is 108 miles and finishes in Hardraw. Runners have 60 hours to complete the event.

Many runners use these events as preparation for the Spine Race and Spine Challenger or to help them decide if they want to take on those races. I imagine it's a very different beast in June compared to January. Special Cold Fusion awards are available to those who complete both a summer and a winter Spine race.

If you are familiar with the Pennine Way, what is your experience of winter versus summer? Good luck to all the runners.
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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 01:30:22
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
At the 12 hour point, the leading three runners in the Spine Fusion were Mark Denby, Pete Woodward and Jens Wackerhagen. The leading lady was Brigitte Daxelhoffer, followed by Helen Bennett.

In the Spine Flare, the leaders after 12 hours were Michael Harrison, Matthew Wilkinson and John Boothman. The top three women were Beverley Clifford, Nicky Torr and Tracey Barker.

We are now over 17 hours into the races and things have changed a little. In the Fusion, Mark Denby is the only runner to have reached Malham. Johnathon Hall was second into Hebden, followed by Pete Woodward. Jens Wackerhagen has dropped to fourth. Brigitte Daxelhoffer was the first lady to Hebden, followed by Helen Bennett. Yvonne Lehnert is currently third lady.

In the Flare, Michael Harrison is the only runner to have reached Gargrave. Matthew Wilkinson and John Boothman were second and third to Oakworth. Beverley Clifford was first female to Oakworth, followed by Nicky Torr then Tracey Barker. Three runners have retired.
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SarahCrunning - 25/06/2018 00:55:16
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
After nearly 41 hours, 17 runners have completed the Spine Flare, 13 are still running and 6 have withdrawn. Five of the six podium spots have been filled:

MEN
1. Michael Harrison - 27:45:02
2. John Boothman - 30:33:34
3. Matthew Wilkinson - 32:24:29

WOMEN
1. Beverley Clifford - 33:58:11
2. Nicky Torr - 38:14:35

Vanessa Ford was the third lady to reach Malham and is currently looking likely to take the final podium spot.
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SarahCrunning - 25/06/2018 01:00:12
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
Only two runners have withdrawn from the Spine Fusion so far. Mark Denby is storming ahead and reached CP3 in 36:33. Gregory Crowley and Jens Wackerhagen were second and third to Tan Hill respectively.

Brigitte Daxelhoffer was the first lady to reach CP2, followed by Helen Bennett. No other women have made it to this checkpoint yet, but Yvonne Lehnet was third lady at Malham.
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SarahCrunning - 25/06/2018 12:55:38
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
SPINE FUSION UPDATE

Mark Denby continues to maintain a strong lead and reached CP4 in 48:55. Gregory Crowley was second to reach Dalton, and Jen Wackerhagen third at CP3.

Brigitte Daxelhoffer continues to lead the women and reached Tan Hill in 47:53. However, Helen Bennett has withdrawn. This puts Yvonne Lehnet in second. Marlene Hjortebjerg was third at Malham.
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SarahCrunning - 25/06/2018 12:58:54
   
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SPINE FLARE UPDATE

Vanessa Ford finished as third lady in 49:03:43 and completes the podiums. Seven runners remain on the course.
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SarahCrunning - 25/06/2018 21:38:47
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
SPINE FLARE

The race cut-off was 8pm this evening (60 hours). The final runner, Andrew Swanson, crossed the line in 58:55:30. Thirty runners successfully completed the 108 miles, and 6 withdrew. A great success rate, and very different from the winter version. Well done everyone.
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SarahCrunning - 25/06/2018 21:47:52
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
SPINE FUSION UPDATE

We are nearly 62 hours into the race, and the tope three men and women are unchanged. Mark Denby reached Greenhead in 57:19:03. Gregory Crowley reached CP4 at 57:25:47. Jens Wackerhagen reached Dufton in 57:15:09. Brigitte Daxelhoffer reached CP3 in 56:38:22. Only 3 DNFs so far.
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SarahCrunning - 26/06/2018 18:21:24
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
Mark Denby has won the Spine Fusion in an unbelievable 78:04:14. Gregory Crowley remains in 2nd and reached CP5 in 74:11:16. Jens Wackerhagen is in third. Brigitte Daxelhoffer is still first female and reached CP4 in 81:12:40. Yvonne Lehnert and Marlene Hjortebjerg are second and third.
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SarahCrunning - 27/06/2018 19:33:21
   
RE:Spine Fusion and Flare
Congratulations to Gregory Crowley for second place in 91:21:58. Jens Wackerhagen looks set to finish 3rd - he reached Hut 2 in 106:55:02. No change in the top three women - Brigitte Daxelhoffer reached CP5 in 105:23:46; Yvonne Lehnert and Marlene Hjortebjerg reached CP4 in 94:02:18 and 102:53:14 respectively. We are currently 107:33 into the race.
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