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The Spine

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 13:03

A long compilation of Spine Blogs:



The Spine

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 19:31
It took two years to write and is still average but if you have time you can read the road to the spine race and its prequel I didn't publish last year.

The Spine Race 2013

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 17:31

It took two years to write and is still average but if you have time you can read the road to the spine race and its prequel I didn't publish last year.

The Spine

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:54
Race went to plan. Did try and update on Saturday but couldn't get good enough signal to log in. Finished in 54.59 with a run to finish to keep under 55 (137). Will put better detail on when back home.

The Spine

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 08:33
Ready to get wet, buffeted, cold and tired. Cant wait!

The Spine

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:04
Returning to the challenger in 2016. Planning starts again.

The Spine

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 14:36

Interesting reads as always.  I twisted my ankle with a dreaded cracking noise on Torside coming off Bleaklow.  Pushed on using poles to reach checkpoint 1 but 4 hours behind my plan, rested and found a very swollen ankle in the morning. 

I calculated I would take around 65+ hours min to now reach the end at my current pace and pulled out on that theory (as well as common sense and needing to ensure I could return to work), not easy choice.

Loved the race, hated doing parts of it but that's what makes it for me.

Already eager to do it again.  Interested in finding out where people Bivvy down, didn't look very appealing.  Tractor sounds a great idea.

Appreciate must be frustrating but what time/location did they make the decision to pull you Cragchick?

The Spine

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:46
GPS is compulsory as well as map and compass, which is quicker. The kit list for the race is a page and a half a long.

The Spine

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:22

Richyla, I started the challenge this week, but due to a few issues with injuries this year I did not get my weekly mileage to where I would have liked.  that said I did reach hebden bridge Without too much hassle but twisted my ankle after 15 miles.  Didn't cause too much of a concern until I went to put my shoe back on on Sunday morning.I would recommend a recci of the course but perhaps focus on the areas you expect will be in darkness.  But as circlip mentions, last year had a few areas of white out so can be serious micro nav.   Some areas are easy to go wrong on and have poor signage.   Although in the early stages it can be busy I still spent a few hours without seeing a soul.  Ian's blogs are very useful and he has completed a couple if times.  Chatted with him on Friday and he is happy to advise people.   That will help with kit and planning.  The people organising and competing are very friendly and a good atmosphere.

The Spine

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 22:02
Well done circlip. I agree, those guys overtake like a gentle breeze, gentle quiet and no effort at all but with polite, friendly respect for everyone. Totally respect to them. Sadly I retired at cp1 having twisted my ankle coming off bleak low, tried to keep going but just was too slow after that. most difficult race I have ever entered, so many variables and so many very experienced competitors. Hated doing it, love that I did and totally as long respect for anyone on that start line. I will be back next year.
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