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January 2018

18/01/2018

Paloncý wins the 2018 Montane Spine Race

Pavel Paloncý has won the 2018 Montane Spine Race, a record third win of Britain’s most brutal race. The Czech Republic ultra-runner arrived at the Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm, the end point of the Pennine Way National Trail and the Spine Race at 21:50, in an overall time of 109:50. Paloncý becomes the first person to win the race three times and the first to complete it five times (he also has two runner-up placings). “It’s a great feeling to be here… Again,” he joked as he touched the wall... Read More

18/01/2018
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Keith retires, Paloncý takes the lead

Eoin Keith retires from Britain’s most brutal race, leaving Pavel Paloncý in the lead; Carol Morgan retains her 30km lead in the women’s race; extreme weather temporarily halts the race Highlights from Wednesday 17th January Spine Race Bellingham, Northumberland, UK, Wednesday, 17 January, 2018: It was another dramatic day at the 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race, with the retirement of race-leader Eoin Keith (IRL) 345km into the 420km race. Course record-holder Keith had been in first place since the retirement of race leader Jim Mann (GBR) at check point (CP) four, Alston... Read More

15/01/2018
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Mann of the moment

Jim Mann is ahead of course-record pace at the Montane Spine Race, Britain’s most brutal race; Carol Morgan leads the women’s race; weather expected to worsen. Today’s highlights can be viewed above or are available here Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom, Monday, 15 January, 2018: Just over half way into the 2018 Montane Spine Race, Jim Mann (GBR) is setting a scorching pace at the front of the field. The Durham-based runner arrived at the second major check point, Hawes, on Monday morning at 08:42am, 174km into the... Read More

12/01/2018

Britain’s most brutal ultra race returns

The 108 mile Montane Spine Challenger starts tomorrow; Sunday’s 2018 race will be the most international and the most competitive in the event’s seven-year history. Today’s highlight real from Edale can be viewed above and via this link. Edale, Peak District National Park, United Kingdom, Friday 12 January, 2018: With the most competitive line-up yet in its seven-year history, the 2018 Montane Spine Race and Britain’s most brutal race, looks likely to be dramatic. The men’s race sees four previous winners joined by a multi-record-breaking UK mountain runner and a... Read More

10/01/2018

Nophobia – Tom Ballard

Like many good things, my ascent of this multi-pitch drytooling testpiece came about largely by chance. I was in the ice and mixed climbing mecca that is Alberta, Canada. After climbing various classic ice lines with some visiting Americans and a really good mixed line on the iconic Stanley Headwall with local under the radar hard climber Alik Berg, I was put in touch with an Australian doctor, Simon Parsons, living in Calgary, by part-time Canmore resident and Himalayan legend Steve Swenson (who I had first met this summer in... Read More