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Colm Completes the Spine Race

On Saturday Colm O’Cofaigh completed the Montane Spine Race, a race that involves completing the whole 268 miles of the Pennine Way non-stop and unsupported.

Due to the time year, the race is made even tougher by having to tackle cold temperatures and the vast majority of the course in darkness. Only a few checkpoints spread along the route offer the chance of a rest and food.

Competitors must also carry all their own equipment, so a heavy rucksack full of essential kit adds to the challenge, which is known as one of the world’s toughest races.

The race started last Sunday, 13 January at 8 am in Edale and heads North to the finish line in the Scottish border town of Kirk Yetholm. The course is mainly off road with over 16,200 m of ascent.

Colm finally completed the challenge yesterday evening, after spending six nights and days battling to make each checkpoint before the allotted cut off time. His overall time, including rest stops, was 154 hours 57 minutes.

(Hopefully after a rest, Colm will submit his own account for us, in the meantime I’m sure the whole club would like to congratulate him on a truly remarkable achievement).