Spine Race completed in record time!

18th January 2016

Ultrarunner Eoin Keith stormed to victory in the 268 mile 2016 Montane Spine Race, the event dubbed Britain’s most brutal race, traversing the entire Pennine Way along the backbone of Britain. The Cork-based runner smashed the record for the race, arriving at the finish in Kirk Yetholm in a time of 95 hours and 43 minutes, 15 hours faster than any previous competitor. Last years' winner Pavel Paloncy finished in second place, followed by Peter Wilkie and then Matt Neale. Anna Buckingham and Zoe Thornburgh were the only female competitors to finish, and reached the finish line together after 166 hours and 38 minutes. Twenty-four competitors finished out of a field of 60 starters.

The Montane Spine runners had to contend with early heavy rain, which turned to snow as they headed north into Yorkshire, and freezing overnight temperatures in the later stages, along with deep snow and ice. Once is not enough for Javed Bhatti, who has turned tail and headed straight back to Edale in an extreme challenge to raise funds for Mountain Rescue England and Wales. Javed Bhatti’s progress on his double Pennine Way attempt can be followed on the Open Tracking website.

More information about the Spine Race can be found at their website.

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Anna and Zoe at the finish - The Spine Race