The Spine - Britain's most brutal?
2011 has been a year for announcements of big events. The penchant for ultra ultras continues with the news of The Spine – a non-stop 268 mile winter ultra-marathon encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way…
Recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.
Organsier Scott Gilmour states:
The Spine was created to rival some of the big multi-day events that are organised the world over. Britain has some of the finest ultras in the world and we feel The Spine will really add something to the circuit.
The race features over 10,000 metres of ascent across 268 miles of undulating hills that could be snow covered. The hills themselves are very exposed. Racers will have to be aware of conditions such as hypothermia – along with the usual running injuries. Britain has a humid climate which amplifies the effects of the cold, made especially more challenging by the wind; making this a unique challenge.
The race is open to anyone who wishes to test themselves and compete in a truly brutal race. You will face the most extreme weather conditions England has to offer; deep snow, ice, wind and rain in a gruelling 7 day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm.
It’s a non-stop race so we won’t stop anyone who fancies taking on the fells at night! We call it Britain’s most brutal race and we will find out if the race lives up to this.
It’s not just the conditions that are against you – your own body could become your worst enemy with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure playing havoc with your performance. To finish you must be prepared and willing to push yourself harder than ever before.
You can walk, run, snowshoe or even use cross-country skis! You must carry your equipment so choose wisely. A pair of skis can be quite cumbersome and if there isn’t much snow…
Athletes competing in The Spine can enter in 3 classes Elite, Open and Relay*
Date: 14-21 January 2012
Distance: 255-268 miles dependent on route
Time: 6-7 days (dependent on class)
Checkpoints: 5 (dependent on class)
For the race documentation click here
Entries close at midnight (GMT) on the 16.12.2011.