It’s that time of year again. Time for the ‘Spine Race’. For those of you who don’t already know the ‘Spine Race’, it’s an epic seven-day event following the Pennine Way, the national trail that runs along the Pennine Hills, otherwise known as the ‘Backbone of England’. In those seven days the athletes will have to cover 430 kms (268 miles) and ascend 11343 metres (37,215 ft). They also have to carry enough kit to survive 24 hrs.
Most hikers take 2-3 weeks to cover this walk, and usually go in summer – the Spine athletes are setting off in a British winter, which may include anything from wet, muddy days to the full fury of an Atlantic-fuelled blizzard. Along with several others, I’m on the support team, working to keep these athletes safe, but at the end of the day their safety may well depend on their own resources!
That’s why I don’t have a blog for you this week, but you may enjoy visiting these previous posts to get a flavour of the event. See you in a couple of weeks with an update of this years race.