‘COMPLETE SPINE RACER’ TRAINING SERIES

In partnership with Stuart Westfield (Spine Safety Coordinator) we have created the official Spine Race training programme.

Our emphasis is on great value and quality training. With Spine Team instructors who’s focus is upon your skills development, confidence, aspirations and enjoyment. So that you arrive at the start line with the best possible preparation.

The courses are progressive. Each session is a module in its own right, giving you the choice to follow the whole programme, or dip in and out depending upon your previous experience. The courses are open to current Spine entries, returning racers and those who are considering entering. The sessions are also open to all ultra athletes who are looking to broaden their range of skills.

An experienced Mountain & Expedition leader and endurance event racer, Stu has been with us on The Spine safety team since the very first race. Through his Complete Racer courses Stu has assisted many racers on their Spine journey: Helping novice and GPS-only navigators develop confident ‘heads-up’ route finding skills. Also, turning the disappointment of previous racers DNFs into robust and ultimately race finishing strategies.

Regular members of the Spine Safety Team will join some sessions to share their personal insights and experiences.

Several have raced on The Spine and Challenger, many have returned year on year to be part of the camaraderie and help the race grow from an ‘instant classic’ in year 1 to the world class event it is today. All share an enthusiasm for the race and to see racers achieve inspiring feats of personal achievement.


Naturally, we cannot guarantee that our courses will present you that much sought after finish. But, we are confident that with us, you’ll develop a race strategy which will enable you to travel further, faster and perhaps more efficiently than you otherwise would have done.

MONTANE® SPINE® & CHALLENGER - CORE SKILLS DAY

Location: Peak District

Date: Saturday 24 September 2016

Time: 0900 to 1800 (including tea, coffee & light refreshments)

Price: £50

Navigation is the Achilles heel for many Spiners & Challengers, but it need not be. We simplify, de-mystify and help remove the fear from navigation.

Step by step, with plenty of practice, we guide you through building your navigation toolbox.

Throughout the day we’ll also introduce and discuss more Core Skills topics. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and ideas to practice and further develop your race strategy.

  • Building your navigation toolbox
  • Maps for Pennine Way and using GPS
  • Techniques and skills for fast and efficient route finding
  • Off route errors, relocation, getting back on trail
  • Kit and clothing selection
  • Preparing to race in winter conditions
  • Hydration and eating well during The Spine.
  • Hypothermia
  • Lessons learnt from previous racers, the factors behind success, DNF and finishers.
  • Building your own personal race strategy
  • Q&A and “what’s next” for personal practice.
  • OPTIONAL: Extend your training to a weekend with an extra full day of guided navigation and hill skills training. For just £40 with participant numbers strictly limited to small groups of four. Sunday 25th September, 0900 to 1600.

MONTANE® SPINE® & CHALLENGER - ADVANCED SKILLS DAY

Location: Peak District

Date: Saturday 4th December 2016

Time: 1000 to 1900 (including tea, coffee & light refreshments)

Price: £50

  • Night navigation and low visibility route finding
  • Bivvying vs Tent and campcraft
  • Sleep strategies
  • Efficient transitions
  • Support crew
  • Foot care, cold & immersion injuries, blister treatment
  • Plenty of opportunities for individual discussion an group Q&A
  • OPTIONAL: Extend your training to a weekend with an extra full day of guided navigation and hill skills training. For just £40 with participant numbers strictly limited to small groups of four. Sunday 5th December, 0900 to 1600.

MONTANE® SPINE® CHALLENGER PRE-RACE MASTERCLASS

Location: Peak Centre, Edale

Date: Friday 13 January 2017
Time: Friday 14:00 – 16:00

Cost: £15

  • Navigation tips (not a ‘teach me’ navigation in 30 mins session)
  • Detailed review of the whole Challenger course
  • Pace notes for difficult areas where racers have been navigationally challenged.
  • Focus on race skills

MONTANE® SPINE® PRE-RACE MASTERCLASS

Location: Peak Centre, Edale

Date: Saturday 14 January 2017

Time: Saturday 14:00 – 16:00

Cost: £15

  • Navigation tips (not a ‘teach me’ navigation in 30 mins session)
  • Detailed review of the whole Spine Race 268 Mile course
  • Pace notes for difficult areas where racers have been navigationally challenged.
  • Focus on race skills

ONE TO ONE SESSIONS AND SMALL GROUPS

To arrange a bespoke course please contact Stuart via email stu@thespinerace.com

BOOKING INFORMATION

For further information or to attend one of these training events, please contact Stuart Westfield via stu@thespinerace.com