Welcome to the Official website of the MONTANE® Spine® Race and Challenger. When we started this event, we hoped, but never could have believed, the profound effect the race has had; mostly on us but we hope on others too! From our humble beginnings (15 participants) the MONTANE® Spine® Races have grown to become iconic British winter challenges. Which now attract a considerable international field and audience. Each edition of the race has shown us just how brutal the British winter can be. Unrelenting, wild and savage have been used to describe the event to good effect. At times the conditions may feel overwhelming but with the right amount of determination you can achieve a lot more than you may think.
The MONTANE® Spine Race is a 268 mile, non-stop, uncompromising winter challenge encompassing the entire Pennine Way. Widely recognised as one of the most demanding National Trails in Britain.
The MONTANE® Spine Challenger is a non-stop, 108 mile race between Edale and Hawes with a time limit of 60hrs. This is a challenging and extremely technical section of the Pennine Way.
If you are considering entering the Spine® Race or Spine® Challenger, our Official Training Programme should help prepare you for your race. For 2016 we have a number of additional training opportunities.
We are delighted to announce a special edition of the Montane® Spine® Challenger for 2016, in association with Mountain Rescue England & Wales and Border SAR (BSARU). Representatives from Mountain Rescue teams with links to the Pennine Way will be competing in the first ever Montane® Spine® MRT Challenge.
Individuals will be raising funds for their respective teams, in one of the toughest winter races you can find. Not only do these individuals volunteer their time 365 days a year, they are committed to raising awareness and funds for an essential emergency service.
Petzl’s roots lie in the desire of its founders to serve one passion: exploration. Since its beginnings in caving, the company’s mission has remained constant: to offer practical solutions that allow people to progress. Today that pioneering spirit, passion for exploration and ethic have not changed. More than forty years later, Petzl continues to invent products and provide solutions that allow sports enthusiasts and professionals to access some of the most inaccessible places, both day and night.
The rather wonderful Summit Fever Media (come on, it’s hard not to like Matt and Ellie) have worked on the event for a number of years. They have produced some of the great pictures from the event, seen on this site.
They are also in the film business, that’s right. They are currently working on the Official 2015 MONTANE® Spine® Race Film, and being generous they have released a preview for us to enjoy!
Mark Caldwell: 2012 (2nd), 2014 Spine® Race, 2013 Challenger (2nd). A Spine® Legend and the only non-human to complete the race. Mark is in fact the Ayrshire Android, he’s made in Scotland and we aren’t sure what from…
“The Spine® Race is easy apart from:- its dark most of the time; your feet then body will fall apart; the compulsory baggage doesn’t get any lighter; sleep is a luxury; you experience extremes of weather and cold; and finally of course it’s 268 miles long. Many will try to break the Spine® but most will become race statistics. Good luck to all who enter!”