The Montane Spine Race is arguably Britain’s most brutal race.
Runners have 7 days to cover the entire 268 miles of the Pennine Way.. in the depths of winter. This film by Summit Fever Media follows the 2015 event and gives an insight into how tough the race really is.
The film follows a number of competitors on their adventure and captures their raw emotions; from despair at having to drop out due to injury, the sense of serenity at being alone in the bleak, wild landscape and the relief and elation on completing their epic journey through remote terrain in harsh, winter conditions.
Interviews with competitors, race organisers, medical and safety crew along with footage from the film crew and competitors (carrying Go Pro cameras) give a behind the scenes look at the logistics and planning as well as showing the extreme conditions that the runners encounter. For some there is camaraderie as they assist and accompany each other. For others there is isolation; alone, battling against the elements, their own emotions and sleep deprivation.
It might inspire you to do the race or it make you say “never”. Either way it gives a fascinating look at the men and women who plan, organise and compete in arguably Britain’s most brutal race.
The Montane Spine Race Film is available as a DVD or a download from Summit Fever