Spine Flare Race
Colm O’Cofaigh’s report:
I did the Spine Flare race on the weekend. It’s about 108 miles along the southern section of the Pennine Way from Edale in the Peak District to Hardraw just north of Hawes in the north. It takes in some beautiful scenery and climbs including Bleaklow, Black Hill, Malham Cove, Fountains Fell and Pen y Ghent.
The race is unsupported. There’s a checkpoint near Hebden Bridge at about 45 miles where runners can access a drop bag, receive medical support and sleep if they wish, and then a further ‘intermediate’ checkpoint at Malham Tarn at about 78 miles where water and medical support is available but there is a maximum stay of 30 minutes. The weather was fine, dry and hot throughout. There is a very generous cut-off of 60 hours and I finished the event in 39 hours 27 minutes.