The 50k event from St Austell to St Anthony Head on the Roseland Peninsula also included over 3,000 metres of climbing so was a searching test for the international ultra runner from Box, who is a former winner of the Chron/Running Bath performance of the month competition.
“I was really delighted to win this race because I was up against some very speedy youngsters!” said Hall, who completed the course along the South West coast path in 4hrs 30mins 56secs.
“It was a tough run and pretty fast for me compared to the distances I normally run so I felt like I was hanging onto the leaders for a long time.
“It felt good to win a race again as things haven’t gone as well as I would have wanted this year, so yes it was good to come back and beat a few younger guys. It was very encouraging.”
It was just the sort of confidence boost Hall needed as he flew out to Switzerland recently to spend a few days running around the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa course around the Matterhorn in the Alps starting September 5th.
“For the past four years I have run the UTMB race (Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc) and I just felt like I wanted a change so entered the Monte Rosa instead,” added Hall.
“It is a relatively new event that was only started a few years ago and is very similar to the UTMB but probably even more beautiful in terms of terrain.
“Obviously it is a lower profile race and won’t have the same calibre of runners as the UTMB but it will still be very competitive and I’m looking forward to a new challenge which is why I am going out the recce the course.”