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SarahCrunning - 10/01/2019 20:12:54
   
The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
The Spine Race and Spine Challenger are two of the most iconic races in the UK ultra calendar. They are literally run along the spine of Britain - the Pennine Way. This is one of the toughest National Trails in Britain and includes parts of the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park and the Cheviots.

The Spine Race covers the entire Pennine Way - 268 miles from Edale to Kirk Yetholm and starts on Sunday 13th January. Runners have up to 7 days to complete the race, and many will use most of that time. However, the course records stand at 95 hours 17 (Eoin Keith, 2017) and 109 hours (Carol Morgan, 2018). Given the time of year, the race usually includes at least some of the following elements: gales, snow, ice, fog, bogs, hail and rain. When you consider the long hours of darkness and the cumulative effect of fatigue and sleep-deprivation, this race is a real mental and physical challenge as entrants seek to navigate and negotiate the tough terrain. They must choose where and how long to sleep and be prepared to be self-sufficient for many hours between checkpoints. They must also carry a heavy kit list. Not surprisingly, the DNF rate is generally over 50% and often around 2/3 of entrants.

The Spine Challenger starts on Saturday 12th January and covers the 108 miles from Edale to Hardraw. Runners have up to 60 hours to finish the race on this particularly technical section of the Pennine Way. Last year's winners set new course records of 25:44:21 (Wouter Huitzing) and 29:39:35 (Emma Hopkinson).

We will be following both events closely and will keep you updated. Contenders this year for the Spine Race include the current record holder Eoin Keith who had to pull out last year with an injury, and Jayson Cavill (5th in Lakeland 100 2017). The women's race sees Jasmin Paris make her Spine debut. Amongst her many successes are records on the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Ramsay Rounds and a win at Dragon's Back Race.

This year's Spine Challenger looks really exciting. Last year's winner, Wouter Huitzing, returns to defend his record. He will face tough competition from, amongst others, Jim Mann, who was leading the Spine Race last year until he sustained an injury. Last year's 3rd female, Jen Scotney, is returning. She also finished 4th overall in last year's Northern Traverse. Her competition includes 2018's Spine Race winner and record holder, Carol Morgan.
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SarahCrunning - 12/01/2019 18:46:11
   
RE:The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
Check out Dan Stinton's news piece here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/January-2019-(1)/It-sends-shivers-down-my-Spine.aspx
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SarahCrunning - 12/01/2019 19:13:08
   
RE:The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
It's been a wet and windy start to the Spine Challenger. Current record holder Wouter Huitzing took an early lead. However, within 3 hours, Jim Mann had overtaken and has continued to extend his lead. Both men are looking really strong. Wouter was well up on his record time when he arrived at CP1, but was almost an hour behind Jim Mann. Jim covered over 41 miles in the first 6.5 hours. Time will tell if this pays off or backfires. he is currently the only runner through CP2. After just over 11 hours, he was at 62.7 miles, with Wouter in 2nd on 55.7 miles. Simon Bourne is in 3rd at 50.4 miles.

In the women's race, Carol Morgan has led from the outset and reached CP1 in 6th position overall. After just over 11 hours, she is at 46.8 miles. Jenny Yeo is in 2nd at 42.5 miles. Rebecca Lane is in 3rd at 40.9 miles, but Patricia Patterson is breathing down her neck at 40.8. Last year's 3rd placed Jen Scotney isn't far behind them in 5th and 39.4 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 12/01/2019 22:48:27
   
RE:The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
We are nearly 15 hours into the race and Jim Mann is the only runner through Gargrave. He was reportedly in good spirits and is currently at 76.7 miles and looking highly likely to triumph. Wouter Huitzing is at 69.6 miles. Howard Dracup has overtaken Simon Bourne for third and is at 64.4 miles. Bourney is half a mile behind.

Carol Morgan has retained her strong lead in the women's field and is at 59.8 miles. Jenny Yeo remains in second at 49.2 miles. However, Jen Scotney has overtaken Rebecca Lane and Patricia Patterson. She is in third (the position she finished in last year) at 48.1 miles. Both Rebecca and Patricia are at 48.0 miles, so this is quite a race!
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SarahCrunning - 13/01/2019 00:07:37
   
RE:The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
After 16 hours, Jim Mann is the only runner through Malton and is currently at 81.9 miles - 7 miles ahead of Wouter Huitzing. Howard Dracup is holding onto 3rd position at 68.8 miles

Carol Morgan is the only female through Oakworth. She is currently at 64.7 miles - 9.5 miles ahead of Jenny Yeo. Jen Scotney remains in third with both Rebecca Lane and Patricia Patterson 0.4 mile behind her.
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SarahCrunning - 13/01/2019 11:47:55
   
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SPINE CHALLENGER UPDATE

The men's podium is complete. Jim Mann set a new CR in a phenomenal time of 22:53:28. Wouter Huitzinger was 2nd in 25:56:52. Howard Dracup was 3rd in 27:20:52. They are the only finishers so far.

In the women's race, Carol Morgan is at 94.4 miles, Jenny Yeo at 85.1 miles and Jen Scotney now has a strong lead over 4th place and is at 81.1 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 13/01/2019 11:50:39
   
RE:The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
THE SPINE RACE UPDATE

Conditions look foggy and bleak. After nearly 3 hours, Eugeni Rosselló Solé is leading on 21.1 miles. There is a pack behind him who are quite close together. Gwynn Stokes is at 19.5 miles. Jasmin Paris is currently 3rd overall and first female at 19.4 miles. Eoin Keith and Thure Kjaer are at 19 miles.

Shelli Gordon is currently 2nd female at 18.1 miles, followed by Gabriele KenKenberg at 15.3 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 13/01/2019 19:22:52
   
RE:The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
SPINE CHALLENGER UPDATE

Carol Morgan was already a two-time Spine Race champion and CR holder. She is now this year's Spine Challenger winner in 31:47:37. Jenny Yeo is currently at 106.5 miles and looks set to take the second female spot very soon. Jen Scotney is in 3rd and comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack at 100.4 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 13/01/2019 19:31:39
   
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SPINE RACE UPDATE

After 10.5 hours, the top 3 runners - Eugeni Roselló Solé, Jasmin Paris and Eoin Keith appear to be neck and neck at 54.5 miles. Third, fourth and fifth males, Trels Larsen, John Knapp and Gwynn Stokes are all at 49.8 miles, with Jayson Cavill on their heels at 49.7 miles

Shelli Gordon is currently second female at 48.9 miles, followed by Gabriele Kenkenberg at 44.8 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 13/01/2019 22:48:18
   
RE:The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019
SPINE CHALLENGER UPDATE

Jenny Yeo has finished as second female in 35:36:39. Jen Scotney is at 017.4 miles and set to take that final podium spot very soon!
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