The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Carol goes the distance to win Spine Race

1 March 2017

An Advanced Practitioner in the LGI Emergency Department won the women’s Montane Spine Race earlier this year.

Carol Morgan smashed the female record by an incredible 43 hours, completing the race in 4.5 days in a time of 109 hours and 53 minutes.

The Montane Spine Race is a gruelling 268-mile course along the entire length of the Pennine Way national trail and is known as ‘Britain’s most brutal race’.

Carol said: “The weather was warm for this time of year and it wasn’t windy and didn’t rain much which helped. It was great to see the spectacular scenery along the Pennine Way - we are really lucky to live close to such beautiful places.”

The Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.

Unlike other races that Carol has completed, the clock is always ticking even through the night and there is no stop point until the end of the race. Helped by her role at LTHT where she regularly does night shifts and long hours, Carol survived on 3-4 hours’ sleep most nights in the back of her husband’s car.  She had just a few days rest before she was back at work and plans to continue with long distance races in the future.

Carol Morgan

Carol at work in the LGI ED