A non-stop, 46 mile race along the iconic Pennine Way.
The Montane Summer Spine Sprint is a non-stop, 46 mile race along the Pennine Way from Edale to Hebden Bridge with a time limit of 18 hours. This is a challenge that will give you a taste of what it takes to move on to the Challenger and full Spine races. From appearances alone 18 hours sounds ample time to complete the distance, however, this challenging and technical section of the Pennine Way is a physically and psychologically demanding route that demands concentration, good physical fitness, resolve and respect. We expect you to travel with a degree of self-sufficiency and skill which sets this race apart from others.
Entries open at 12:00 midday UK time on Monday 10th July.
- Start: Edale, Derbyshire, UK
- Start Time: 12:00 noon June 15th 2024
- Distance: 46 miles
- Time Limit: 18 hours
- Finish: Hebden Bridge, North Yorkshire
- Finish Time: 06:00 June 16th 2024
- Daytime Temperature: 5°C / 25°C
- Night-time Temperature: 0°C / 10°C
- Total Ascent: 2017 metres
- Total Descent: 2033 metres
- Daylight Hours in June: 19 hours
- Places Available: 100
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I've followed the race since John Kelly did it and I've always wanted to take part. It's really great to have achieved the win. It's what I set out to do and I'm really proud.
There are some dark moments out there. It's a tough day out but I was aware of that. The scenery is phenomenal. There are moments when you have to stop and absorb where you are. It's a beautiful race.
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 completed a marathon or an ultra marathon, then this will qualify you for the race.
If you don’t meet these criteria, your experience can be drawn from other events. Adventure races, orienteering events or fell races are looked upon favourably. The more a challenge features mountainous terrain and elements of navigation the better.
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.
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 Sprint is £125. This includes a non refundable deposit of £50.
To secure your place, you will need to pay in full when you enter.
Payments can be made online via your debit or credit card.
To secure your place in the race, you will need to make your payment of £125. This includes a non-refundable deposit of £50.
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Payment on entry
Pay £125 to secure your place.