Irishman Eoin Keith wins one of the world’s toughest and most brutal endurance races

(Image: Montane Spine Race)

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Irishman Eoin Keith has won the brutal 431 km Montane Spine Race.

The Ultra adventure race, held in the UK, is regarded as one of the toughest endurance races in the world and attracts athletes from around the globe.

The demanding course follow's the UK's iconice Pennine Way beginning in the Peak District near Sheffield and finishing at the Scottish Borders as racers take on everything from stormy conditions to snow and ice along the way.

And Keith finished the epic race in just 92 hours, 42 minutes and 30 seconds, coming half a year after he also won the summer event.

Ahead of the race, Keith said: "I’ll be heading out to be as competitive as my form and fitness allows, and to enjoy being immersed in the race. I’d be following avidly anyway, so I might as well be there! It’s always interesting.

"The Spine also has a great atmosphere. I’ll be looking forward to renewing old acquaintances amongst racers, staff, helpers and followers".

Keith is regarded as one of Ireland's top endurance athletes, and after completing his first Ultra race in the Wicklow mountains in the late 1990's, has competed in adventure races, 24-hour, 48 hour and 6 day running events.

He holds the Irish records for 24 hour running (248.4km), 48 hour road running (343km) and 6 day running (815km).

He also is the world record holder for the fastest crossing of Ireland – Mizen Head to Malin Head – on foot at 3 days, 3 hours, 47 minutes in May 2017.

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