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Damian Hall

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

In 2012 I ran my first marathon and ultramarathon.

Four years later, I was running for Great Britain.

 

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, usually 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 268-mile Spine Race, the Dragon's Back Race (5th OA) and the 2016 British Athletics Ultra Trail Championships, which earned me a call-up to the Great Britain team for the IAU Trail World Championships.

 

Abroad, I've placed in the top 20 at both the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (x2), in the Alps, and the Marathon des Sables, in the Sahara Desert. And in

the top 10 at the Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

 

I've also completed a Bob Graham Round, a Charlie Ramsay Round and hold the record for the Fastest Known Time on the 630-mile South West Coast Path.

 

I'm grateful to be supported by Inov-8, Suunto, 33Shake and CLIF Bar.

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Image credits: Summit Fever Media,

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