January 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


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


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


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


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