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MONTANE SPINE RACE (NORTH)

Early this morning two of our Team members, Louis and Jordan, embarked on the ‘MRT Challenge North’ which is a 160-mile Mountain Rescue Team race along the Pennine Way, part of the Montane Spine Race winter event series.

The ‘MRT Challenge North’ is open to active members of Mountain Rescue Teams; they compete against each other (and more importantly challenge themselves against the terrain and weather conditions) as they follow the northern section of the Pennine Way.

Louis and Jordan set off from Hardraw in North Yorkshire at 0800 this morning along with the other competitors. They have a time limit of 108-hours (i.e. by 2000 on Friday 19th January) to get to the finish line at Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders, passing through some of the most beautiful but difficult terrain in Britain en route, including the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviots.

As the organisers say ‘this race is for those who wish to test themselves and compete in a truly demanding race. It’s not just the ferocity of the British Winter that’s against you, your own body and mind will become your biggest battle’.

Good luck to everyone taking part and especially to ‘our two’!

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