The latest – Mike Churchyard completes the Spine Race challenge

Mike Churchyard has completed the Spine Race Challenge!

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Uckfield’s Mike Churchyard completed the Spine Race – Britain’s most brutal endurance event.  In the face of wind, rain and snow over the past week, Mike conquered the ‘Spine’, which followed the stunning scenery of the Pennine Way National Trail, starting in Edale in Derbyshire through to Kirk Yeltholm on the Scottish Borders – a staggering total of 268 miles, or the equivalent of 10 marathons in seven days!

The scale of Mike’s achievement is illustrated by the fact that over half of the runners who set out on the Spine Race last weekend had to pull out along the way.

For the record, Mike’s finishing time was 160 hours and 32 minutes.  Mike was also commended for his assistance to other runners who experienced difficulties on the route.

Mike is shown here as he finished the race and spoke afterwards.

Mike is raising funds from the event to support the work of the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance. You can still support his fundraising efforts by visiting:

A truly epic feat for a truly epic challenge.  Well done Mike!


THis weekend, Uckfield resident Mike Churchyard is embarking on what is described as one of the toughest endurance races in the world.

16th January – The very latest about the adventure here.

The Spine Race is an ultra marathon event, which follows the Pennine Way National Trail across some of the country’s most iconic landscapes, such as the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian’s Wall. The Race begins at Edale in Derbyshire and finishes at the Scottish Borders. It’s a total distance of 268 miles, which is the equivalent of 10 marathons that runners have to complete inside seven days – and all this over the most gruelling terrain and in potentially the most extreme of weather conditions!

Mike is a very experienced runner, having completed 30 ultra marathons, but the Spine Race will test Mike to the absolute limit, both physically and mentally. You can follow his progress over the coming week by checking out the live tracking of the race on:

Mike’s race number is 128.

Mike also has a Twitter feed:


Mike is raising funds from his challenge to support the work of the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance. You can support his fundraising efforts by visiting:

Good luck to Mike for this most extraordinary of challenges.

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