MONTANE® SPINE® FUSION & FLARE

General information on the MONTANE® Spine® Fusion & Flare including dates, costs, application guidance and entry criteria.

Event Dates: 24 June – 1 July 2017, Start Time: 0800hrs
Start Location: Edale Village Hall, Map
The MONTANE® Spine® Fusion & Flare are the summer versions of the classic MONTANE® Spine® Race & Challenger. Racing up to 268 miles non-stop along the most iconic National Trail in Britain; the Pennine Way. The Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful and, at times difficult terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing at the Scottish Borders. Expect to be challenged, expect adventure and more importantly expect them to be fun!

We think of these events as the fun before the extreme fury of our winter events. These events also form part of a winter/ summer event series called ‘Cold Fusion’. Cold Fusion being notoriously difficult to achieve.  For those who complete this series there is a special award for all of those who have a recognised finish in a Spine® event in a summer & winter setting (regardless of year). An even more exclusive award will be provided to participants who have completed the MONTANE® Spine® Race & MONTANE® Spine® Fusion.

MONTANE® Spine® Fusion
Entry Fee: £500

APPLYRace Rosters

The MONTANE® Spine® Fusion is the summer version of the original MONTANE® Spine® Race. A non-stop, 7 day, 168hr race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. Can you complete Britain’s most iconic National Trail in 7 days?

The MONTANE® Spine® Fusion encompasses the entire Pennine Way and retains our ethos of day/ night racing, self-reliance and self-management. We are there to help you along the way with our support teams and checkpoints in familiar locations such as Hebden Bridge, Hardraw, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Alston, Bellingham and at the Finish.

MONTANE® Spine® Fusion is a perfect event for those researching our feared and revered winter race.

The 2017 the MONTANE® Spine® Fusion is currently scheduled to start on Saturday 24 Jun 2017 at 0800hrs and finish on Saturday 1 July 2017.

MONTANE® Spine® Flare
Entry Fee: £225

APPLYRace Rosters

The MONTANE® Spine® Flare is a 60hr race from Edale to Hardraw, a magnificent route covering the Southern part of the Pennine Way with highlights including Kinder Scout, Malham Cove & Pen-y-Ghent. At 108 miles this event is not easy, be prepared for a physically demanding challenge with beautiful scenery and great camaraderie.

Even though this is a summer challenge you may find yourself travelling through the night, so be prepared for changes in the weather and perfect your race strategy!

MONTANE® Spine® Flare is a perfect event for those researching the MONTANE® Spine® Challenger.

For 2017 the MONTANE® Spine® Flare will start at 0800hrs on Saturday 24 June 2017 Jan and finish on Monday 26 June 2017.

To apply for either event, click the ‘Apply’ button below:

*Please see Application Guidance, Entry Criteria and Race Documentation for requirements and Terms and Conditions of Entry.

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EVENT DATES

The events are scheduled to start on the 24 June 2017 at the start of the Pennine Way in the town of Edale in the Peak District.

The MONTANE® Spine® Flare is scheduled to finish 60hrs after the race start on 24 June 2017. The projected race start is 0800hrs.

The MONTANE® Spine® Fusion is scheduled to finish 168hrs (7 days) after the race start on 24 June 2017. The projected race start is 0800hrs.

There will be a pre-race brief on 23 June 2017 in Edale, including a mandatory equipment check. This information will be contained in a Race Brief Document, which is sent to all registered athletes prior to the race.

ENTRY FEES

The entry fee for the 2017 MONTANE® Spine® Fusion is £500 (inclusive of a non-refundable deposit of £200).

The entry fee for the 2017 MONTANE® Spine® Flare is £225 (inclusive of a non-refundable deposit of £100).

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

MONTANE® Spine® Fusion

Included as part of your entry in the 2017 MONTANE® Spine® Fusion:

  • 5 Checkpoints (CP)
  • Baggage transfer from CP to FINISH
  • Hot food, drinks at checkpoints
  • Safety Support
  • On Course Support
  • Medical Support
  • GPS Tracker

This event differs slightly from the winter edition of the race in that some of our checkpoints are camping grounds, where you bivi or tent up whilst receiving checkpoint services.

MONTANE® Spine® Flare

Included as part of your entry in the 2017 MONTANE® Spine® Flare:

  • 1 Checkpoints (CP)
  • Baggage transfer from CP1 to FINISH
  • Hot food, drinks at checkpoints & Finish
  • Safety Support
  • On Course Support
  • Medical Support
  • GPS Tracker

This event differs slightly from the winter edition of the race in that some of our checkpoints are camping grounds, where you bivi or tent up whilst receiving checkpoint services.

CHECKPOINTS & RESUPPLY

MONTANE® Spine® Fusion: Hebden Bridge, Hardraw, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Alston, Bellingham & Town Yetholm

MONTANE® Spine® Flare: Hebden Bridge & Hardraw

During your race we will provide you with access to a resupply bag, which will be available at each of the checkpoints (CPs) you visit and at your finish. As camping is a feature of this race you may wish to have a small tent in your resupply bag.

As this is a summer race, we want you to put your outside skills to good use and many of our CPs will feature camping grounds where you sleep. We will have an array of services available at all of our CPs from hot food and drinks, to race updates, medical support and resupply.

APPLICATION GUIDANCE

Our online entry system allows you to apply to compete in either the 2017 MONTANE® Spine® Fusion & Flare. All applications are reviewed on a first come first served basis. Should you have any questions regarding your application please contact info@thespinerace.com.

The first stage is to register your interest. Apply using the form, completing all of the required fields as best as you can. You will receive a confirmation email once the application form is complete.

If you are selected for an event, or we require additional information we will contact you via email.

If you receive an offer of a place you must confirm your entry by paying the deposit within 14 days. Failure to do this will result in your place being forfeited.

You have the option to secure a position on the roster by paying your non-refundable deposit only  (instalments) or simply making a full payment of your entry fee.

If you are paying in instalments, the final instalment is due no later than 24 Feb 2017.

ENTRY CRITERIA

As part of your application for the MONTANE® Spine® Fusion or Flare, you must provide us with information detailing your skills and experience. This helps us determine your suitability for the event. This experience can be drawn from various sources and is not just limited to competing in ultra or multi-day events. Have a look at some of the examples and see if you relate to any of these categories.

The race draws on many skills and is advantageous to be skilled in a number of areas related to outdoor activity in fell/ mountainous terrain.

Have you previously competed in the MONTANE® Spine® Race or Spine® Challenger? You know what to expect and are coming back for more! Please indicate this on your entry form.

Ultras, Multiday, Adventure Races, Fell Races, Expeditions or Challenges like the BGR, Ramsay Round are always looked on favourably. It goes without saying that the more relevant these are the better: Fellsman, Hardmoors 110, Lakeland 100, UTMB, Tor des Geants, Goldsteig, YAU etc. The more a challenge features mountainous/ fell terrain, cold, moorland and elements of navigation the better.

Long distance walking is also extremely beneficial and you may find yourself doing a lot of this!

Skilled navigator? Have you competed in orienteering events? The route is waymarked as it is a National Trail, but not to the point where you can forget about navigation. Many skilled navigators have made errors on this route. Especially in bad weather or whilst racing at night. The trail may also be difficult to see in sections. Solid navigation skills are very important.

Mountain Leaders, Winter Mountain Leaders, Mountain Rescue Team Members, Mountaineers, Active and Former Armed Forces Personnel have solid skills, fitness and can certainly look after themselves in these environments.

These are just some examples of what we look for in an applicant. If you feel you have skills or experience not mentioned in the above examples, please include this as part of your application.

Please note that this is a physically demanding race and your application may be reviewed after we receive your medical information. Please email us for details.

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