Damian Hall Launches Record Attempt on The Pennine Way National Trail
Ultra runner Damian Hall will attempt to break the record for the fastest completion of the 268-mile Pennine Way.
The Pennine Way is Great Britain’s oldest – and arguably toughest – National Trail. It follows a remote upland spine, wriggling its way from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to Edale in Derbyshire and incorporates around 37,000ft of gruelling ascent.
inov-8 ambassador Damian, who has been planning this for a long time, begins from Kirk Yetholm on Wednesday morning. He is making his attempt Carbon Negative and will fuel without animal products or plastic waste.
The 44-year-old dad-of-two from Wiltshire, England, will also collect litter from the trail as he goes, running from north-to-south in the new TERRAULTRA G 270 shoes with Graphene-Grip. He will be supported throughout by friends and fellow runners.
The record (otherwise referred to as Fastest Known Time – FKT) is held by American John Kelly, who just last week ran south-to-north (the same direction as the iconic Spine Race) in 2 days, 16hrs and 46mins. This converts to 64hrs 46mins.
John beat the famous long-standing record time of Mike Hartley, who ran north-to-south in 1989, by 34mins.You can follow Damian’s progress throughout via:
* This Open Tracking LIVE MAP
* The hashtag #DamoPWFKT
Damian, who is fundraising for Greenpeace UK (donate HERE), has a string of impressive ultra running achievements to his name, including the fastest times for the 630-mile South West Coast Path, which is Great Britain’s longest National Trail, and the Paddy Buckley Round in the mountains of North Wales.
He also placed 5th at Ultra-Trail du Month-Blanc in 2018 and won last year’s shortened Ultra Tour Monte Rosa.