Regarded as one of the most brutal endurance events the UK has to offer, the Spine Race is a 268 mile, non-stop, 7-day, mountain marathon following the entire Pennine Way. This year, renowned ultrarunner and author, Andy Mouncey is planning on tackling the event for the second time and will be recording his preparations for the race in a video project called 'Cracking the Spine.'
Considered the most testing National Trail in Britain, the Pennine Way crosses beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain and includes the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park - finishing on the Scottish Borders. Run for the first time in January 2012, the event saw just three participants complete the course.
Author of 'Magic, Madness and Ultramarathon Runnin'g, Andy has become well known in the field. After being forced to withdraw at just over 100 miles during last year's event, Andy is planning a fresh assault on the 2014 race as he vows to be 'more prepared, fitter and ready to face a challenge of epic proportions'.
By recording his exertions on screen, Andy is hoping to encourage younger runners to take to the sport, and throughout his Pennine challenge, schools and youth groups will be running and walking the 268 miles as classes and teams to raise money for Sports Relief.
As part of his video project, Andy is raising money through a Kickstarter page. More information is available here.