A truly epic challenge - and our own Chris Worton is competing
"Many of you will be aware that I may do a little bit of running. Some of you may be aware that I have started to participate in ultra marathon events (any race that is over the 26.2 miles of a marathon), and a few of you may be aware that earlier this year, back in January I completed “The Spine Challenger” a 108 mile adventure ultra race in northern England.
Well this was but a “fun run” compared to my next race…"
This coming January Chris will be competing in the notorious “Spine Race” – billed as “Britain’s most brutal race”. The Spine Race sends runners along the full length of the Pennine way in northern England, starting at Edale in Derbyshire, and finishing in Kirk Yetholm just over the border in Scotland. This 268 mile race is held in the middle of January to hopefully catch the best (or worse) weather Britain can muster, and the runners (yes -our Chris!) are expected to complete this race within a 7 day cut-off. The challenges will be the weather, the darkness (18 hours a day night of the stuff), notoriously difficult to navigate terrain, and sleep deprivation, while lugging a minimum amount of required safety kit on his back.
"Training for this (for me) has been going on all year, but now autumn has come it will start ramping up in anticipation of the hardships ahead. To help me mentally I have decided this year to try and raise a bit of cash (yes sponsorship) for our local special care baby unit in MK hospital. Having this sponsorship looming in the background could well be one of the things that helps spur me on to finishing this beast, so please be a dear and support me in this event by pledging some money via this web address: https://www.justgiving.com/thespinerace
When the race is nearer I will let people who are interested know about how you can follow my progress online, as we will all carry a GPS tracker, so you can follow my dot on screen and check my progress (and watch me getting lost in the darkness), but in the meantime please sit back and glow in the warm feeling that you get when you sponsor someone for a great cause.
Thanks very much"