Tackling the Spine Race

Tackling the Spine Race

First National Trail in Britain, the Pennine Way, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. What could be a better way to mark the occasion than to run it as part of the Spine Race?

There are no specific qualifying criteria or races for the Spine Race, but the organizers might contact you if they feel you don’t have enough experience and skills. They might advise you to join, for example, the Spine training weekend in November.

The race is a difficult one, but far from impossible. Long-distance walking contribute a lot and mountain marathons are more useful training than ultra marathons. A too determined mindset can be counterproductive, showing bloody-minded-blister-ignoring-death-march willpower on the first few days of the Spine means you’ll most likely not complete it.

If you think you need specific training for the challenge, you can join two courses: Nav4Advanture (nav4. co.uk) and Ranger Expeditions (rangerexped.co.uk).

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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