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11/05/2021
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Mark Kerry Dales Highway FKT

During the 6-7 May 2021 Montane Ambassador Mark Kerry set a new Dales Highway FKT of 20hrs 30mins 59secs. The Dales Highway is a 90-mile trail between Saltaire and Appleby-in-Westmorland. It effectively dissects the Yorkshire Dales National Park before crossing into the Lake District and has 4500m of Elevation. Upon finishing, Mark broke the previous FKT set by a team comprising of Mark Collinson, Matt Neale and Davie Dixon – a time of 26 hours and 15 minutes – back in 2017. Mark broke their record by 4hrs 45 minutes.... Read More

07/05/2021
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6 weeks until Summer Spine Race 2021!

Starting 19th June, ‘Britain’s Most Brutal’ Summer Spine was intended by the race organisers to be the ‘fun’ versions of the infamous winter Spine, where racers are plunged into the bleak, beautiful and brutal Northern winter. However, the Summer race is not without its challenges. Storms, freezing temperatures and all-round terrible conditions are a constant theme along the Pennine Way. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. This year, in conjunction with the usual ‘full’ Spine and Challenger races, covering the Pennine Way in its entirety and the first... Read More

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Summer Spine Kit List

The Summer Spine is a peculiar beast. Often overshadowed by its bigger, gnarlier sibling, the challenges of the summer race can be easily overlooked and has caught out many hapless Spiners over the years. Yes, it is in ‘Summer’, but this is the summer of Northern England, on the Pennine Way. Already typically unpredictable conditions are exacerbated to extremes by the wide spectrum of environments racers are exposed to. What could be blissfull sunshine in lakeland valleys can transition into wintery storms on the peaks and plateaus through which the... Read More

27/04/2021
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Montane Dragon’s Back

We are serious about endurance. It’s fitting, therefore, that we are to commence sponsorship of one of the UK’s premier ultra-endurance events – the Montane Dragon’s Back – the year it extends its course to 380km of distance and 17,400m of ascent. The race will now also run over six days. Montane and the Dragon’s Back share a history of incredible feats of endurance, with Montane athletes setting the course record twice over the past 2 iterations of the race. Montane athlete Galen Reynolds currently holds the course record, and... Read More

28/01/2021
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Arctic Essentials

Montane has been a proud sponsor of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra for a long time now. With distances up to almost 700 km and temperatures as low as -50° Celsius it is billed as the world’s toughest and coldest ultra. We asked Race Director Robert Pollhammer to give us an overview of what his favourite Montane products are when it comes to facing this kind of an extreme challenge. Here is what he told us. I have known Montane and their products for a long time and I have... Read More

14/01/2021
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Prepare to Endure – an interview with Debbie Martin-Consani (2nd Female, SPINE 2020)

With the Spine Race sadly not going ahead next month as planned, and many using the start of a New Year to set new goals and challenges, we caught up with Montane Athlete Debbie Martin-Consani (2nd female 2020) to find out how she prepares for such a brutal undertaking: What is it about the spine that made you want to do it? Fear! The race terrified me.  The fear of the unknown, the fear of what was going to be thrown at me.  The fear of failure.  It excited and... Read More

28/03/2020
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Montane Cheviot Goat 2019

On December 6th 2019, I drove from Bristol with my friend Will to run our first Montane Goat. I have run several ultras, but this was going to be the longest and toughest one yet.  I was feeling a bit anxious about what I had let myself in for, running through a whole day was going to be a new experience. I had done minimal research into the event (ignorance is bliss) but thought that it sounded exciting and challenging, with the bonus of seeing a Cheviot Goat.  During a... Read More

2020 myau | montane 04/02/2020
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Thinning the Herd

The 2020 Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra has been in full force for the past 5 days. With it has been the usual race dramas; bad feet, cold, fatigue, and the will-they-won’t-they of dot-watching. Where this race differs is the scale of drama – the extreme cold (down to -35 last night) means that any issue, no matter how small, can become a game-changing race-finisher. Factor in the solitude and race-finishers can pose a severe risk to life. The MYAU is often billed as the ‘World’s Coldest Ultra’. This year another... Read More

jayson cavill interview | montane 24/01/2020
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JAYSON’S SPINE

A quick interview with Montane Athlete Jayson Cavill about his spellbinding performance at this years’ Montane Spine Race touching on; tactics, kit, and – most importantly – the spirit of racing. What was the thought process behind deciding to chase Kelly down? This didn’t really kick in until after the second night. Until then the focus had been getting as far along the course as possible and making sure I was in a position to even finish. Balancing this with moving well enough to stay in contention should things develop... Read More

debbie martin consani | montane 17/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Debbie Martin Consani

At 6:30 this morning, Montane Athlete Debbie Martin-Consani (GBR) touched the wall of the Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm, to secure her place as 2nd woman in the Montane Spine Race 2020. Spine Race Day 7 Video: “That was brutal” said the 2019 Thames Path 100 mile winner as she crumpled to the floor at the finish line, “But honestly, I’d expected it to be a week of pure misery and actually there were a lot more highs than there were lows.” That statement typified a runner who our race... Read More