What it is really like to do the Spine Race

12th March 2014

'The man next to me sat down in a chair, put his head in his hands, and wept. He was an experienced ultra runner, as were the eight other grown men who openly cried at the Hawes check point that night. Some decided to continue, but most didn’t. And this was only the second night. If things went 'well', there'd be another three or four after this'

The 268 mile winter Spine Race is advertised as Britain's most brutal race. Damian Hall - who authoured the latest Pennine Way guide from Aurum Press blames a mid life crisis for entering - read his write up of what happened:


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Damian Hall on the Spine race - John Bamber