A non-stop, 268 mile race along the iconic Pennine Way.
The Montane Summer Spine is a non-stop, 268 mile race along the most iconic national trail in Britain; the Pennine Way. Beginning from Edale in Derbyshire, runners have a time limit of 156 hours to reach the elusive village of Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. This is widely regarded as “Britain’s Most Brutal” endurance race. A truly epic challenge that will test your physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop and unsupported through day and night, you will experience the sheer breath taking magnitude of this route where summer temperatures can fluctuate from the high twenties down to zero overnight. Prepare yourself for one of the biggest challenges of your life.
- Start: Edale, Derbyshire, UK
- Start Time: 08:00 June 18th 2023
- Distance: 268 miles
- Time Limit: 156 hours
- Finish: Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders
- Finish Time: 20:00 June 24th 2023
- Daytime Temperature: 5°C / 25°C
- Night-time Temperature: 0°C / 10°C
- Total Ascent: 10,732 metres
- Total Descent: 10,941 metres
- Daylight Hours in June: 19 hours
- Places Available: 150
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It's got the name "Britain's Most Brutal" and it absolutely is! But it's the volunteers that make this race work. It's an amazing Spine family and that's the reason why everyone keeps coming back.
My advice to anyone considering the Summer Spine is to get out there and hike. It's big days on your feet. I think my 'skip' has become a patterned approach to taking on the challenge!
Thanks to the many people that make this race possible. This race proves that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if we put in the time and effort.
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!
If you run your own race, and optimise your own performance, your best performance will come out.
This isn’t a beginner friendly race. We want you to be safe out there and experience of similar challenges will make you safer.
Firstly, you must be aged 21 years or over at the time of the race.
If you have run an ultra over 80 miles, or have previously completed The Montane Challenger North or South event, then this will qualify you for the full race.
If you don’t meet these criteria, your experience can be drawn from other events. Mountain marathons, adventure races, orienteering events, fell races, expeditions of challenges like the Bob Graham Round or similar are looked upon favourably. Long distance walking is also extremely beneficial and you may find yourself doing a lot of this! The more a challenge features mountainous terrain, moorland and elements of navigation the better. Mountain Leaders, Mountain Rescue Team members, mountaineers, active and former Armed Forces personnel will likely all have the experience necessary too.
If you feel you have skills or experience not mentioned here, include it in your entry form. We are also very happy to advise those who feel they don’t yet have the experience level required on what races, challenges or experiences they could do to gain entry.
We would always recommend that every runner purchases appropriate insurance to cover your participation in a Montane Spine event and the costs of your entry fee, 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.
At each of the five main check points (Hebden Hey, Hardraw, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Alston and Bellingham) Spiners are offered hot meals (both a dinner-type meal, such as pasta, as well as porridge), hot and cold drinks, somewhere to sleep (we recommend ear plugs and sleeping masks), toilets, showers (at Hebden Hey, Alston and Bellingham), professional medical crew, weather updates, race information and ample encouragement from friendly, helpful volunteers. The logistics team also ensures resupply bags belonging to runners are moved along the route from checkpoint to checkpoint.
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 and very difficult to police, so we deem that to be fine. What’s not okay though is pacing, receiving planned support or having a private support vehicle follow your progress.
The total cost for The Montane Summer Spine is £825.
To secure your place, you can either pay in full when you enter or pay a deposit of £350. The remaining £475 will be due 100 days before race start. See below for the payment schedule.
Payments can be made online via your debit or credit card.
To secure your place in the race, you will need to make a deposit payment of £350 on entry. The remaining fee is due 100 days prior to race start. Alternatively, you can pay in full when you enter.
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Deposit on entry
Pay a £350 deposit in order to secure your place.
100 days to race start
Remaining £475 is now due.