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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, 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 records for Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on 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 completed a Bob Graham Round, a Charlie Ramsay Round and a Paddy Buckley Round (albeit in 25:40). 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, 33Shake, Mountain Fuel, SunGod, and Black Diamond.

 

 

 

SELECT RESULTS* & SCHEDULE

 

2019

29 June, Ultimate Trails, 55K

20 July, Eiger Ultra Trail, 101km

10 August, MudCrew The Rat, 32 miles

5 Sept, Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, 105 miles

 

24th, TransGranCanaria, 79 miles

 

2018 (7th, Ultra-Trail World Tour)

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

2nd, Mozart 100, 64 miles

1st, Ultimate Trails 55K

6th, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, 71 miles

1st, Ice Ultra, 142 miles

 

2017

12th, UTMB, 105 miles

7th, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, 75 miles

13th, Marathon des Sables, 142 miles

 

2016

19th, UTMB, 105 miles

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

4th, The Coastal Challenge, 146 miles

 

2015

29th, UTMB, 105 miles

3rd, Dragon's Back Race, 195 miles

3rd, The Spine Race, 268 miles

 

2014

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

4th, The Spine Race, 268 miles

 

 

*All men's race results

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