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Spine Challenger is Snow Joke
Tuesday 26th January 2016 @ 14:01 by Becky Cahill

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team know they can expect the worst weather imaginable on moorland search missions.

Tim Budd, Patrick Haley and Phil Shackleton experienced it when they took part in the weekend’s Spine Challenger.

Facing them were 108 miles from Edale to Hawes carrying full packs and a time limit of 60 hours.

It turned into an epic battle with driving rain, snow and howling gales, which saw one of the three dropping out exhausted.

Team spokesman Peter Jozefcyzk said: “They set off in good spirits at 7am and soon reached Snake Summit where we had a support vehicle with refreshments.”

Tim, a charted physiotherapist at Glossop’s Global Therapies, was well ahead as they made their way along the Pennine Way towards Crowden.

It was a position he maintained, finishing first in 32 hours and 10 minutes.

Patrick pulled out of the race, after running 55 miles, due to fatigue, but still making the trek a huge achievement.

Phil completed this epic race on Monday afternoon, 56 hours after leaving Edale.

All three runners ran the race to raise team funds, but the final amount is not yet known.