The Spine Fusion & Flare 2019
20th- 29th June 2019
Be not fooled. Just because it's a summer race, it usually freezes. This is the ultimate test for a wilderness medic. Prove yourself as a wilderness medic.
Dubbed the UK's most demanding trail race, the Spine Race covers 268 miles over seven days, non stop. The race starts at Edale in the Peak district and ends at Kirk Yetholme at the Scottish Borders. You will not sleep, eat or be really warm for a week. BUT you will see Expedition and Wilderness Medicine at its toughest.
Before you head to the application at the bottom of the page, see the details below
Cost: The Summer Spine Race costs £110 for the administrative fee (including the painful VAT at 20%), and for most of you will, there will be no flight. You would normally drive to the start line. If you choose to use your car for the event (we can't and won't request you to for insurance reasons) then there may be a contribution to your petrol, though we can't guarantee until the end of the race. There will be no accommodation or food costs.
Dates: You should aim to be in Edale by 1700 on Friday 21st June for the pre race briefings. The first night you will either camp or sleep in a community centre. The race will begin on the morning of the 22nd June at 0800. The Summer Spine Race finishes by 0800 on Saturday 29th June, however we usually finish on the Friday before, and there is always an option to leave earlier in the week if you need to.
Food: You will need to bring all of your food for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for each day. There are plenty of supermarkets, shops and restaurants along the way. Cooking facilities will be boiling water in community centres and village halls or your own camp stoves. Being the UK, there will be an opportunity to buy fuel along the route.
Accommodation: You will spend the week either camping or sleeping in community centres and village halls. Bring your sleeping mats and a good quality sleeping bag.
Communication: Mobile phone coverage is good almost everywhere. When it isn't there are landlines and Wifi.
Flights: No flights are required unless you are coming from overseas.
Visa: None required for most, though if you are from overseas then please check. Please be aware that we do not know the potential impact of Brexit on travel as yet. Please check with your local British consulate prior to booking any travel that the requirements haven't changed for your particular passport.
You are not obliged to drive or operate any vehicle during this or any other Exile Medics events.
Medical Students/ F1s ✔ Nurses ✔ Paramedics ✔ Physiotherapists ✔ Doctors ✔
Ready? Think you can handle it? Sure? Really Sure? Then Apply here...