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Ultra Runner & Outdoor Journalist

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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. And the opportunity to scoff a lot of cake.

 

In the UK, I've placed on the podium at 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 (you can watch the trailer for Summit Fever Media's award-winning film Underdog here and below), 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 hold Fastest Known Times for the Paddy Buckley Round (set in 2019), Britain's longest National Trail the 630-mile South West Coast Path (supported, 2016), and the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail (self-supported, mixed gender with Beth Pascall, 2018).

 

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 by inov-8, Running Reborn, Suunto, Petzl, 33Fuel, Mountain Fuel, SunGod, and Black Diamond.

 

 

 

SELECT RESULTS* 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2015

3rd, Dragon's Back Race, 195 miles

3rd, The Spine Race, 268 miles

29th, UTMB, 105 miles

 

2014

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

4th, The Spine Race, 268 miles

 

 

*All men's race results

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