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Damian Hall

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My first half marathon, in 2011, was life changing.

 

A year later I ran my first marathon and ultramarathon. Four years later I was representing Great Britain at the Trail World Championships.

 

Trail-ultramarathon running has become a mostly healthy addiction. The sport brings out my competitive nature, but it's much more about having a big sweaty adventure somewhere spectacularly lumpy, and the great health, happiness and friendships it rewards with.

 

In the UK I've placed on the podium at numerous races, including the Spine Race, the Dragon's Back Race and the most recent British Athletics UK Ultra Trail Championships.

 

Abroad, I've completed the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc four times, the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, the Ice Ultra in Arctic Sweden, and placed in the top 10 at several Ultra-Trail Word Tour races.

 

I've set records/fastest known times (FKTs) on the 260-mile Pennine Way (supported), the Paddy Buckley Round (supported), Paddy Buckley Round in Winter (solo, unsupported), the South West Coast Path (supported) , the South Wales Traverse (supported), and the Cape Wrath Trail (self-supported, mixed gender with Beth Pascall).

 

I've also completed a Bob Graham Round, a Charlie Ramsay Round and, for what it's worth, my marathon PB is 2:38 (Manchester Marathon, 2018).

 

I'm grateful to be supported primarily by inov-8,

Tomax Technology and Precision Hydration; 

with additional help from Running Reborn,

Renee McGregor, Our Carbon, Strength For Endurance, Petzl, Suunto, 33Fuel, Outdoor Provisions, Leki and SunGod.

 

 

SELECT RESULTS* 

 

2020

Record/FKT, South Wales Traverse, 73 miles

Record/FKT The Pennine Way, 260 miles

Record/FKT Paddy Buckley Round Winter, 61 miles

 

2019

1st, Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, 51 miles (short course)

1st, The RAT (Black), 32 miles

1st, Ultimate Trails 55K

2nd, Lakes In A Day, 50 miles

7th, Eiger Ultra Trail, 101K

Record/FKT Paddy Buckley Round, 61 miles

 

2018 (7th, Ultra-Trail World Tour)

5th, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 105 miles

1st, Ice Ultra, 142 miles

1st, Ultimate Trails 55K

2nd, Mozart 100, 64 miles

6th, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, 71 miles

Record/FKT Cape Wrath Trail, 230 miles

 

2017

7th, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, 75 miles

12th, UTMB, 105 miles

13th, Marathon des Sables, 142 miles

 

2016

2nd, Highland Fling (UK Ultra Trail Champs), 53 miles

4th, The Coastal Challenge, 146 miles

19th, UTMB, 105 miles

Record/FKT South West Coast Path, 630 miles

 

2015

3rd, Dragon's Back Race, 195 miles

3rd, The Spine Race, 268 miles

29th, UTMB, 105 miles

Record/FKT, Isle of Wight Coastal Path, 72 miles

 

2014

2nd (joint), Cotswold Way Century, 102 miles

4th, The Spine Race, 268 miles

 

 

*All men's race results

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