HOW about this for an awesome feat of endurance running.
On Tuesday night at 8.19pm Wiltshire ultra distance runner Damian Hall, a 40-year-old member of Corsham Running Club, who works in Bath as a freelance journalist, smashed the existing Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the UK’s longest trail, the 630-mile South West Coast Path from Poole to Minehead.
Hall (pictured below celebrating his achievement in Minehead with a glass of bubbly) completed the mammoth challenge, which includes 111,000ft (34,000 metres) of ascent – say roughly three-and-a-half times up Everest from sea level – in a time of 10 days 15 hours and 18 minutes.
That comprehensively beat the previous best of 11 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes established by Mark Berry of North Devon last year.
“The feeling at the moment is just one of sheer relief that I won’t have to get up at 5am to run another 60 miles!” said Hall after finally reaching his Minehead goal at 8.19pm on Tuesday.