With less than a week until race day, organisers of the MONTANE Spine Race have confirmed that the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) will be the event’s official charity partner. New for 2017, the event is the summer version of the iconic Montane Spine Race, a non-stop, 268-mile challenge encompassing the entire Pennine Way.
Scheduled to begin on Saturday 24 June, the event consists of two separate distances: The Spine Fusion, a seven day, 168 hour race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, and The Spine Flare, which takes participants on a 108-mile journey from Edale to Hardraw, a magnificent route covering the southern part of the Pennine Way with highlights including Kinder Scout, Malham Cove & Pen-y-Ghent.
The announcement of NASS as the official charity partner will be seen as a big boost for the event with just a matter of days until race day. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine, an issue for an estimated 200,000 people in the UK.
As well as the natural link with the race name, the partnership will promote the importance of exercise in treating AS, which can help improve mobility, flexibility and reduce stiffness. Joint race director Scott Gilmour commented: “We are delighted to welcome NASS as our official charity for the Montane Spine Fusion and Flare.”
“Given the beneficial role exercise can play for many sufferers of NASS, we saw a great opportunity to not only collaborate and promote the role NASS plays supporting individuals diagnosed with AS, but also raise awareness and help spread the message.”