Just a week after British ultra runner John Kelly broke the FKT for the Pennine Way, it has been broken again. This time, Inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall completed the 268-mile trail in a record 61 hours and 34 minutes. And, not only that, but he also picked up trash along the way!
"I feel overwhelmed, really. I remember writing about Mike Hartley’s 1989 record in the Pennine Way guidebook before I got into running and thinking ‘That’s insane, I could never do that!" says Hall, who is also an ultramarathon running coach, freelance journalist, author and climate change campaigner.
The Pennine Way is Great Britain’s oldest – and arguably toughest – National Trail. Much of it is over remote, boggy hills, with a total ascent that exceeds the height of Mount Everest. The iconic route runs between Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to Edale, Derbyshire, which includes a section along Hadrian’s Wall.
Hall completed the trail in just two-and-a-half days, while most hikers would take 16 to 19 to finish it. As he went, Hall and his team of pacers stuffed their packs with trash.
“There wasn’t lots of litter on the trails, but we picked up anything we saw. The road support crew did likewise from the places they met me at along the way,” he says.
“Also, the whole attempt has been certified as ‘carbon negative’ by Our Carbon, as has all my running and my family's lifestyle for 2020.”
Before Kelly and then Hall broke the record, it stood unbeaten for 31 years.