The blog follows my so far fairly successful attempts at running /crawling various distances from 10k to 268 mile races around the UK and Europe.

2014 Race plans

Montane Spine race (268)
Hoka Highland Fling (53)
Barrow to Keswick (41)
West Highland way race (95)
Artemis Quadrathlon
Devil o the Highlands (43)

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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

What is this Spine Race

I think the it could be the toughest race in the the UK and possibly Europe.  The event is called the The Spine Race and is 268 miles long, covering the full length of the Pennine Way.
It usually takes 3 weeks in good conditions for a walker to complete the Pennine way.  I aim to complete the race in 6 days or less running in the elite class.  Strange there are only 3 people in my catagory and about 9 in the open catagory.  The open guys are allowed 7 days to complete the race.
 Not only is it a huge distance to travel on foot, it is being ran in JANUARY.   I will have to carry all of my food, equipment, shelter and sleep system throughout the race.  This is weighing in at around 12kg,, OH CRAP.  As its a winter race it will be dark for 16 hours a day making navigation difficult.  No-one will be hold holding my hand either as its a solo effort.  There are inherent risks attached to being in the mountains in winter in the UK, getting lost, frostbite, hypothermia, trenchfoot and add to this cumulative effects of fatigue and lack of daylight during the duration I'll exposing myself to the elements (chortle).  I hope I make it!!
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