Episode 151 – Carol Morgan

Episode 151 of Talk Ultra has a full and in-depth interview with 2018 The Spine Race female champion, Carol Morgan. Speedgoat Karl is with us to co-host and chew the ultra fat.
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NEWS
ARROWHEAD 135
News just in that John Storkamp, RD of Superior 100 has just won Arrowhead 135 – he’s won it before and has a great history with the race – so awesome.
HONG KONG 100
So, Jig Liang won the race in 9:28:35 – a new CR beating Francois D’Haene’s time. But was then disqualified – apparently he grabbed a water bottle from a hiker and the threw the bottle on the trail! Min Qi was then upgraded to winner with the USA’s Alex Nichols becoming 2nd and Run Yun Yu was 3rd.
Miao Yao was the ladies champ  in a stunning time of 10:40 – that was 40-minutes faster than Nuria Picas! A returning to form Mira Rai was 2nd and Fu-Zhao Xiang in 3rd.
MOUNTAIN MIST 50K
David Riddle and Jackie Merritt took the wins in 3:53 and 4:40.
THE SPINE
Pavel Paloncy won the race (109 hours 50min) for the men and Carol Morgan (130 hours 37min) for the ladies. Once gain it turned out to be epic with the early good and fast conditions getting worse as the days passed. By the end it was all snow, ice, blizzards and the race was even stopped at one point for safety.
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INTERVIEW – CAROL MORGAN
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LANZAROTE TRAINING CAMP
We were out in Lanzarote for our annual multi-day training camp. Once again an incredible week with over 40-athletes of all abilities taking part. Our coaches, MDS champ Elisabet Barnes, up and coming GB athlete Tom Evans and single and multi-stage runner Sondre Amdahl all lead specific based run groups – Marie-Paule Pierson took a walking group. I normally move between groups but this year took a specific group moving between fast walking and running. Stunning week and we have just opened booking for 2019.
What is great about the camp is seeing how people learn and progress. For example, Gemma Game placed 4th at MDS in 2015 and she was running in the fast group with Tom Evans. We had other runners nervous about the challenges a multi-day will bring and by the end of the week they were confident and ready for the next step. We also had one or two runners who actually were worried about just being on the camp but they soon overcame their fears. Got to give a shout out to Sue Ding who had a really tough day 1 with us and then overcame so many fears and obstacles to finish the week on a high.
COLDWATER RUMBLE
Notable because Courtney Dauwalter once again won outright! She did the 52 mile race in 7:10. – this was 1 hr better than the male CR!
Still a quiet time in the news…
Next week THE COASTAL CHALLENGE preview HERE
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UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

Vuriloche Ultra Trail | 90.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

Australia

Queensland

Dusk to Dawn | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Run | 82.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

Chile 

Futangue Challenge | 62.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Finland

Lapland

Rovaniemi Arctic Winter Races | 150.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website
Rovaniemi Arctic Winter Races | 66.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website
Rovaniemi Arctic Winter Races | 300.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website

France

Côtes-d’Armor

Trail Glazig | 72.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Trail Glazig | 54.0 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Morbihan

19éme Tro Maneguen | 100.0 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Germany

Lower Saxony

Brocken-Challenge 84,5 km | 86.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Guadeloupe

Traces du Nord Basse-Terre | 154.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website

Hong-Kong

Green Power Hike | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
MSIG Sai Kung 50 | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

India

Gujarat

Run the Rann | 101.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Run the Rann | 161.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

Kerala

Munnar Marathon | 71.12 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Ireland

Kildare

Donadea 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Italy

Marche

Maratona sulla sabbia | 50.0 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Malaysia

Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

New Zealand

Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 85.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 62.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 162.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Oman

Wadi Bih Run | 52.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Wadi Bih Run | 72.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Wadi Bih Run | 52.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Wadi Bih Run | 72.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

South Africa

Bay Ultra Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

Thailand

The North Face 100® – Thailand | 75.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
The North Face 100® – Thailand | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
The North Face 100® – Thailand | 100.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Koh Chang | 66.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Koh Chang | 100.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website

USA

Alabama

Black Warrior/Phillip Parker 50k and 25k Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Black Warrior/Phillip Parker 50k and 25k Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Arizona

Elephant Mountain | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Ragnar Relay Del Sol | 200.0 miles | February 09, 2018 | website
Pemberton Trail 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Arkansas

White Rock Classic 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

California

Fort Ord Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Ordnance 100 | 100.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Sean O’Brian Trail Runs | 100.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Sean O’Brian Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Sean O’Brian Trail Runs | 50.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Florida

Lost 118 | 118.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Iron Horse Endurance Runs | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Iron Horse Endurance Runs | 50.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Iron Horse Endurance Runs | 100.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
26.2 With Donna | 110.0 miles | February 11, 2018 | website

North Carolina

Uwharrie Mountain Run | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Oregon

Bristow Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

South Carolina

Rut Rogue 40s | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Rut Rogue 40s | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Rut Rogue 40s | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Mill Stone 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Texas

Rocky Raccoon | 100.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Rocky 50 Trail Run | 50.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Rocky 50 Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Virginia

The Wild Oak Trail 100 | 112.8 miles | February 16, 2018 | website

Washington

Jed Smith Ultra Classic | 50.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Jed Smith Ultra Classic | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Orcas Island 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Orcas Island 100 | 100.0 miles | February 09, 2018 | website

Wisconsin

John Dick Memorial 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Arc of Attrition | 100.0 miles | February 09, 2018 | website

Devon

Coastal Trail Series- South Devon | 34.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Oxfordshire

Thames Trot 50 | 50.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Surrey

Wales

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra | 42.0 miles | February 11, 2018 | website

Warwickshire

Cotswold Marathon & 35.35 Mile Ultra Run | 35.35 miles | February 11, 2018 | website
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The Spine sponsored by Montane – Britain’s most brutal race

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January 11th – 18th 2014

The Spine Race is a 268 mile, non-stop, winter mountain marathon encompassing the entire Pennine Way. Widely recognised as the most demanding National Trail in Britain, the Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.

Competitors have 7 days to complete the race, cut-off 168-hours.

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Ironically, the UK has had a very mild, if not wet and windy, October, November and December. But with this weekend, just as The Spine is set to leave Edale the weather looks to be on the change; temperatures are looking to drop with lows of -6 deg and highs of 7 deg. It most certainly looks like a different race to last years extreme cold, ice and snow. Will the conditions make the race faster?

At 268 miles this is not a multi stage race in a Marathon des Sables style format, this race has a start and a finish. Quite simply, the first one to reach the end wins the race. So this is all about managing your effort and minimising your time resting or sleeping.

The Spine Race was first attempted in January 2012; they witnessed many courageous attempts to finish the 268 mile course. Three athletes would eventually finish. The race was won jointly by Gary Morrison and Steve Thompson, closely followed by Mark Caldwell.

In dramatic circumstances the 2013 Dare 2b Spine Race was won by Eugeni Roselló Sole in an incredible 5d 4h 52m setting a new bench mark for the race and the distance in extreme Arctic conditions. Annabel Gates completed the race as 1st Female in 7d 4h 59m.

2013 finishers:

  • Ian Bowles
  • Jin Cao
  • Mark Cooper
  • Gregory Crowley
  • Paul Dickens
  • Thomas Emke
  • Annabel Gates
  • Richard Lendon
  • Gary Morrison
  • Brian Mullen
  • Eugeni Roselló Sole

Who is running?

The Spine Race is open to anyone with appropriate experience who wishes to test themselves and compete in a truly brutal race.

As Scott Gilmour (RD for the race) says, “Runners will face the most extreme weather conditions England has to offer in a gruelling non-stop, 7 day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. It’s not just the conditions that are against you – your own body could become your worst enemy with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure playing havoc with your performance. To finish runners must be prepared and willing to push themselves harder than ever before.”

Ones to watch in 2014 (alphabetical order):

  • Mimi Anderson – multiple world record holder and really experienced at long distances. Mimi will test the men in the field and push them all the way. “I’m under NO illusions about the difficulty of this event.  I’m looking at it as an adventure rather than a race as it’s about managing yourself properly, getting enough sleep but keeping yourself moving.”
  • Anthony Bethell – relatively new to ultra running but Anthony finished Tor des Geants and is an accomplished fell and mountain runner with a recent top placing at the Tour of Helvellyn.
  • Neil Bryant – Neil is somewhat of an endurance machine. He loves long distances and has won the Viking Way ultra and completed Trans Euorope. Now living in Chamonix he has become used to the cold, snow, ice and mountains. He will do well at the Spine.
  • Annie Garcia – regular long distance competitor with plenty of grit and determination.
  • Mark Hines – Possibly one of the most experienced athletes in the field and plenty of cold weather experience. He knows how to put his head down and keep moving forward. His experiences in the Yukon will put him at a great advantage at the Spine if the weather turns particularly bad.
  • Richard Lendon – Third time at the Spine for Richard. He finished in 2013 and knows what is required to get the job done.
  • Moses Lovstad – Moses finished Hurt100, Transgrancanaria and Tor des Geants in 2013. That puts him in a great place for the Spine.
  • Andy Mouncey – Raced at the Spine in 2013 but DNF’d, pretty sure he is going to be at this years race with more focus. He said on his blog, “This one’s been twelve months in the making, I think I’ve got the leverage this time, but the only way to know is to do.”
  • Eugeni Roselló Sole – last years winner. Enough said!
  • Charlie Sharpe – Another regular competitor at all distances. Moved up a level with his Lakeland 100 performance in 2013 but this race will be a new challenge and test.
  • Charles Sproson – Montane athlete, Charlie is very accomplished and has some notable achievements that will put him in a great place for the Spine. He’s completed the OMM multiple times, done the Bob Graham solo and more importantly completed the Dragons Back in 2012.
  • Others?

Full entrants THE SPINE HERE

Full entrants THE CHALLENGER HERE

The route

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The Montane Spine Race is a 268 mile, non-stop, winter mountain marathon encompassing the entire Pennine Way. Widely recognised as the most demanding National Trail in Britain, the Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.

There are 5 checkpoints that you must visit along the route to complete the race. The CP’s are distributed evenly along the course and it is here you will receive hot food and water, resupply, beds and showers (available at 4 of 5 CP’s) and medical attention should you require it. These checkpoints run from the start to the completion of the event. The CP’s are staffed 24/7 to provide as little disruption to your race as possible. They provide a haven from the sometimes hostile weather.

Checkpoints are located at:

  • Hebden Bridge
  • Hawes
  • Middleton-in-Teesdale
  • Alston
  • and Bellingham

A resupply/ drop bag is moved by the RD for you to the next CP as you progress through the race.

Spine Map

The longest day on the race is the second day. This is the longest section of the course between CP’s (approx. 60 miles). In 2012 the average completion time for this section was between 22 and 30 hours. Most competing athletes withdrew at this point of the race.

The Spine Team also monitor the course 24/7 to ensure competitor safety and our support vehicles carry additional hydration for competing athletes (minimum 2 litres per athlete per day). Along with the course monitoring you are permitted the use of a personal support team.

Route Profile

410.5 – 431 Km (255.1 miles – 268 miles dependent on route)
11,195 m (36,729 ft) ascent
890 m (2,920 ft)  maximum height

Spine Profile

Entrants & Updates

You are able to see a list of entrants and follow the leader board HERE

Live Tracking HERE

Additional Race – Spine Challenger

The Montane Spine Challenger is a 108 mile, non-stop, 60 hour, winter mountain marathon between Edale and Hawes. This challenging and extremely technical section of the Pennine Way is not just the baby brother to the Spine Race – it is a physically and psychologically demanding route that demands concentration and respect.

The Spine Challenger is a wickedly difficult event. From appearances 60 hours looks like ample time to easily complete this course; however, appearances can be deceptive. The rugged and very technical nature of this race is mentally taxing as you have to constantly be aware of foot placement. Coupled with the limited daylight hours, and the necessity to run in the dark, you can start to build a very clear picture as to why we had only 1 official Challenger finisher in 2012.

  • RACE WEBSITE available HERE
  • Follow on Twitter @thespinerace

About Montane

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For over 18 years now Montane® has worked closely with serious mountain professionals working in hostile conditions across the globe as a proving ground for garment design. From the British Antarctic Survey to Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue, the busiest Mountain Rescue team in the UK. Professionals who demand tough credentials from their clothing equipment choose Montane®.

The Spine

The Spine is one of Britain’s most brutal races. The longest, coldest and most demanding mountain marathon in Britain. 268 miles of ice, snow, cold and savage winds. Competitors have 7 days to complete the race.

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Ironically, the UK has had a very mild, if not wet, October, November and December. But with this weekend, just as The Spine is set to leave Edale the weather looks to be on the change and as the race says, it may very well be : 268 miles of ice, snow, cold and savage winds.

At 268 miles this is not a multi stage race in a Marathon des Sables style format, this race has a start and a finish. Quite simply, the first one to reach the end wins the race. So this is all about managing your effort and minimising your time resting or sleeping.

The Spine Race was first attempted in January 2012. During this first attempt they witnessed many courageous attempts to finish the 268 mile course. Three athletes would eventually finish. The race was won jointly by Gary Morrison and Steve Thompson, closely followed by Mark Caldwell.

Who is running?

The Spine Race is open to anyone with appropriate experience who wishes to test themselves and compete in a truly brutal race. You will face the most extreme weather conditions England has to offer; deep snow, ice, gale force winds and rain in a gruelling non-stop, 7 day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. It’s not just the conditions that are against you – your own body could become your worst enemy with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure playing havoc with your performance. To finish you must be prepared and willing to push yourself harder than ever before. Entrants list HERE

The route

The Dare 2b Spine Race is a 268 mile, non-stop, winter mountain marathon encompassing the entire Pennine Way. Widely recognised as the most demanding National Trail in Britain, the Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.

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There are 5 checkpoints that you must visit along the route to complete the race. The CP’s are distributed evenly along the course and it is here you will receive hot food and water, resupply, beds and showers (available at 4 of 5 CP’s) and medical attention should you require it. These checkpoints run from the start to the completion of the event. The CP’s are staffed 24/7 to provide as little disruption to your race as possible. They provide a haven from the sometimes hostile weather.

Checkpoints are located at:

  • Hebden Bridge
  • Hawes
  • Middleton-in-Teesdale
  • Alston
  • and Bellingham

A resupply/ drop bag is moved by the RD for you to the next CP as you progress through the race.

Spine Map

The longest day on the race is the second day. This is the longest section of the course between CP’s (approx. 60 miles). In 2012 the average completion time for this section was between 22 and 30 hours. Most competing athletes withdrew at this point of the race.

The Spine Team also monitor the course 24/7 to ensure competitor safety and our support vehicles carry additional hydration for competing athletes (minimum 2 litres per athlete per day). Along with the course monitoring you are permitted the use of a personal support team.

Route Profile

410.5 – 431 Km (255.1 miles – 268 miles dependent on route)
11,195 m (36,729 ft) ascent
890 m (2,920 ft)  maximum height

Spine Profile

 

Entrants & Updates

You are able to see a list of entrants and follow the leader board HERE

Currently they have 31 participants listed.

Additional Race – Spine Challenger

The Dare 2b Spine Challenger is a 108 mile, non-stop, 60 hour, winter mountain marathon between Edale and Hawes. This challenging and extremely technical section of the Pennine Way is not just the baby brother to the Spine Race – it is a physically and psychologically demanding route that demands concentration and respect.

The Spine Challenger is a wickedly difficult event. From appearances 60 hours looks like ample time to easily complete this course; however, appearances can be deceptive. The rugged and very technical nature of this race is mentally taxing as you have to constantly be aware of foot placement. Coupled with the limited daylight hours, and the necessity to run in the dark, you can start to build a very clear picture as to why we had only 1 official Challenger finisher in 2012.

  • RACE WEBSITE available HERE
  • Follow on Twitter HERE