A non-stop, 46 mile race along the iconic Pennine Way.
The Montane Winter Spine Sprint is a non-stop, 46 mile race along the most iconic and demanding trail in Britain: the Pennine Way. The race covers a challenging and technical section of the Pennine Way. It’s physically and psychologically demanding and requires a degree of self-sufficiency and skill which sets this race apart from others. Beginning from Edale in Derbyshire, runners have a time limit of 18 hours to reach the finish line at Hebden Bridge. It’s a truly epic experience that will give you the full intensity and ferocity of the British Winter and test you against the toughest of trails.
Prepare to take on one of Britain’s Most Brutal endurance races.
- Start: Edale, Derbyshire, UK
- Start Time: 12:00 noon January 13th 2024
- Distance: 46 miles
- Time Limit: 18 hours
- Finish: Hebden Bridge, North Yorkshire
- Finish Time: 06:00 January 14th 2024
- Daytime Temperature: 0°C / 10°C
- Night-time Temperature: -10°C / 2°C
- Total Ascent: 2017 metres
- Total Descent: 2033 metres
- Daylight Hours in January: 8 hours
- Places Available: 100
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The whole Spine experience has been incredible. It rained and hailed out there. The winds were savage and underfoot was atrocious. I should have brought a wetsuit and my armbands!
My aim was just to finish the race in one piece so it’s absolutely amazing I’ve won and beaten the course record. The wind was horrendous. Every time the wind blew I was getting pushed across the moors. I'm amazed at my own achievement.
The Spine is a great course, and I've enjoyed it every time I've done it. There is a great family vibe on the race and you are looked after like kings at the checkpoints!
It's inspiring this year that there will be more than one woman that finishes the MRT Challenge. It will hopefully encourage other woman to take part and realise this isn't a big scary thing - you just need to give it a try.
I learn something different about myself every time. I owe this race a lot. I'm a different man to the one that touched the wall in 2016.
The whole course was magnificent. Of course there were some downs, mainly during the night. Thank you for the organisation. It was a really amazing race.
G Brian Hutchinson & Tim Bradley
The Cheviots was a two-person job. We took it in turns to break the trail. We relied on each other to survive. This was teamwork.
We want you to be safe out there and experience of similar challenges will make you safer.
To enter, you must be aged 21 years or over at the time of the race.
If you have run in a previous Spine race or completed a marathon or an ultra marathon race over 30 miles, then this will qualify you for the race.
If you don’t meet these criteria, your experience can be drawn from other events. Mountain marathons, orienteering events, fell races, or expeditions similar to the Bob Graham Round are looked upon favourably. The more a challenge features mountainous terrain, moorland and elements of navigation the better.
If you feel you have the experience not mentioned here, include it in your entry form. We are also very happy to advise on what races, challenges or experiences you need to gain entry.
We would always highly recommend that every runner purchases appropriate insurance to cover the costs of your entry fee and your participation in any Montane Spine event should you not be able to take part.
The race has enormous infrastructure costs, most of which are fixed and committed up to twelve months in advance, which unfortunately prevents the option of a full refund. We want to be as fair as possible though, so while your entry fee includes a non-refundable deposit, if you notify us 100 days before the race, you will get a partial refund. Please read the T&Cs before you make your payment.
The Spine races are unsupported events, but you are welcome to utilise cafes and pubs along the route for sustenance and shelter. There’s some history of Spiners being offered sustenance by locals, which is a nice touch, so we deem that to be fine. What’s not ok is pacing, receiving planned support or having a private support vehicle follow your progress.
The total cost for The Montane Winter Spine Sprint is £150. This includes a non refundable deposit of £60.
To secure your place, you will need to pay in full when you enter.
Payments can be made online using your debit or credit card.
To secure your place in the race, you will need to make your payment of £150 on entry. This includes a non refundable deposit of £60.
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Payment on entry
Pay £150 to secure your place.