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The Spine Race Sport Relief Challenge 2014

by Andy Mouncey
Thursday 3rd October 2013

Event news: Children and young people are challenged to run 270 miles between October and March and raise money for Sport Relief

In January 2014 Andy Mouncey will take part in The Spine Race: A 270 mile as-continuous-as-possible journey in the depths of the English winter south to north along the length of The Pennine Way. Andy was on the start line in 2013 and got as far as 105 miles: In 2014 the goal is to finish the job.

In September 2013 he will pull on his trainers and visit selected schools, scout and guide groups located along the route to inspire and challenge them to run and raise money for Sport Relief 2014.

Andy will return to the schools in March to help pupils reflect on the life changing lessons from their experience and to help them make those lessons stick so that they can achieve more of what they want in the future and help others do the same


  • Children and young people are challenged to run 270 miles between October and March and raise money for Sport Relief
  • 270 miles will be accumulated collectively as a class or a team with the final mile/s completed on Sport Relief Day March 21st 2014
  • This breaks down as 1.5 miles/day for six months or 3 miles/day over three months
  • This challenge will be offered to schools, scout and guide groups located along the Pennine Way route
  • Children and young people will be offered the chance to learn about the PW with help from The National Trust, Natural England and the Mountain Rescue Teams and how to think and behave like an athlete using the Doing Big & Scary goal-achieving tools and techniques developed by Andy over the last ten years
  • Andy’s preparation for the race, school visits and the race week itself will be filmed as a documentary by Summit Fever adventure photography

Progress To Date

  • Six schools along the PW route have expressed interest to be involved
  • Three other schools in other parts of the country have expressed interest
  • Sport Relief are working with Andy to agree status for the project
  • Andy is working with Summit Fever to put together a bid for funding for the film
  • Andy is working on a corporate version of the schools challenge for people in business
  • Oh yes – and Andy has started training!

Find out more at bigandscaryrunning.com

Cracking The Spine Film

Summit Fever Outdoor Sports Media, and as you can probably guess by their name, specialise in filming and producing Extreme and Adventure sports films and documentaries. Up until now we have focused on short films, however we want to make a 50 minute documentary to rival the greatest adventure films out there and enter our film into the biggest and best adventure film festivals of 2014/15. 

Cracking the Spine is a film documenting the highs and lows that come with preparing and running in a truly terrifying 268mile non-stop winter footrace. The subject for the film is going to be an ordinary (if pretty fit) bloke called Andy Mouncey, who is about to try something pretty extraordinary.  

In January 2013 Andy took part in The Spine Race.  After just over 100 miles Andy had to stop. In January 2014 Andy will be back, more prepared, fitter and ready to face his own demons in a challenge of epic proportions.

The aim of the film is to cover Andy’s challenges as he trains and prepares for The Spine Race 2014, the work he does within schools to encourage children to get out running, his relationship with his family as they support him through the race week itself and ultimately the strain that running 268 miles, in 7 days and self-supported puts the body under, with little or no sleep, through remote and desolate areas of the UK - alone, with just your own thoughts for company and - if all that wasn't enough - through the darkest depths of UK winter! 

Click here to find out more about the film, Summit Fever and how you can get involved


About The Author

Andy Mouncey

Andy signed off 17 years as a triathlete in 2003 by setting record stage times for the Enduroman Arch To Arc Challenge: A 300 mile solo triathlon linking London and Paris via an English Channel swim. Since then he's been into his ultrarunning. He is an accomplished speaker, coach and published author who lives with his family in the north of England.

Find out more at www.bigandscaryrunning.com

Andy Mouncey is the author of 'Magic, Madness & Ultramarathon Running' with a foreword by Jez Bragg

Andy Mouncey is the author of 'Magic, Madness & Ultramarathon Running' with a foreword by Jez Bragg

This book reconciles the madness of the ultra distance with the magic of the moment to give an insight into why more and more people are running trail ultramarathons for fun.

Andy's book is available at Amazon and good book shops £9.99rrp. Signed copies are available from me here www.bigandscaryrunning.com


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