The Spine Ultra 2020 follows the Pennine Way National Trail from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm, Scotland, tracing the “Spine” of England. It crosses the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North Pennines and through the Cheviot Hills finishing in the village of Kirk Yetholm.
The route is 268 miles (429km) and as it’s held in Winter, there’s usually no guarantee that the weather will allow everyone or anyone to finish.
In 2019 Eoin Keith (IRL) finished in 98:18:23 while Jasmin Paris (GBR) set a new course record with a remarkable performance that placed her in the spotlight of the world’s media by winning in a time of 83:12:23.
Eoin Keith returns in 2020 along with 2019’s 4th placed finisher Gwynn Stokes. 22 women starters this year including Sabrina Verjee and Debbie Martin-Consani.
The race also features the shorter Spine Challenger race, a 108 mile event from Edale to Hardraw. Starts 8:00 am January 11th and finishes January 13th 8 pm.
The Spine Ultra starts on January 12th 2020 at 8:00 am and finishes Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 08:00 am.