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Montane Virtual Spine Race

Organised by Montane Spine Race
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1st Jan 2021 - 31st Jan 2021


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    The Virtual Spine Race

    Widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races, the Montane SpineRace is a truly epic challenge that tests a competitor’s physical resilience and mental fortitude.

    Racing non-stop along the Pennine Way, runners experience the full intensity and ferocity of the British Winter.

    In 2021, as well as the traditional race, we will be offering the chance to take part in a virtual Montane Spine, Challenger or Sprint Race. You can undertake your virtual challenge anywhere in the world.

    You have from January 1st to the 31st to complete your virtual challenge…

    • The entire 268-mile ‘Spine Race’ from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the remote Scottish borders
    • The shorter, ‘Challenger’ edition covering the first 108 miles from Edale to the picturesque North Yorkshire village of Hawes
    • Or, unique to the virtual Montane Spine event, the ‘Sprint’ offering the opportunity for those seeking a shorter challenge, 26.8 miles, from Edale to the wild moorlands of Standedge in West Yorkshire.

    Every time you go for a run, jog, walk or even take the dog for some exercise you can manually log the distance covered on a virtual map and track your progress along the legendry Pennine Way and through the official checkpoints…

    1 Hebden Bridge – Birchcliffe Centre and Mama Wierdigan’s Hostel

    1.5 Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre

    2 Hawes – YHA. Challenger Finish – Market House

    3 Middleton – Kingsway Centre

    4 Alston – YHA

    5 Bellingham – Brown Rigg

    5.5 Byrness Border Forest Park

    Spine Finish Kirk Yetholm – Border Inn

    In addition, a live weather overlay gives you a sense of what conditions are actually like on the trail.

    With three distances, the virtual race offers the opportunity to get active or keep fit and tackle arguably the most iconic trail in the UK. And if that is not enough to tempt you, there will be special medals and buffs for all participants who successfully complete their virtual Montane Spine challenge.


    One of the well-known stops in the Spine Race is Greg’s Hut on Cross Fell, the highest point in England outside the Lake District.

    It has brought safety and comfort to many ‘Spiners’ over the years.

    The Mountain Bothy Association, the guardian of Greg’s Hut, have told us that significant remedial work in the region of £70,000 is needed to keep the building in working order. Please consider making a voluntary donation towards these costs.

    Logging Your Miles

    You can log your miles manually or connect a free Strava account, or a combinatioon of the two.

    Logging Manually
    • Log in to UltraBritain and return to this page
    • You will see a blue 'Your Activities' button above the map
    • Click that to review your activities and add new ones
    • Adding a new walk, run or hike is simple - click the date on the calendar, enter the distance (either km or miles) and click Add

    Logging With Strava
    • You will need a Strava account (the free version is fine) and we can only see accounts and activities that are set to public
    • Link your Stava account with the 'Connect With Strava' button below the map on this page
    • You will be taken to Strava to approve the connection
    • That's it
    • NB it may take up to a couple of hours to refresh your stats after you log an activity on Strava

    Tip: if you're connected to Strava, under your name on the leaderboard you will see when we last refreshed your activities and if there are any connection issues they will be displayed there too.

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    We've used weather icons created by amCharts (https://www.amcharts.com/) and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public

    • Essential Information
    • This event takes a feed from your Strava data
    • Date: 1st January, 2021 to 31st January, 2021
    • Start Time: 00:00
    • Event Format
    • Virtual Event
    • Virtually run the Spine Race, the Challenger or the Sprint
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