Damian Hall breaks Wainwright's Coast to Coast record
- Thursday 27 May 2021
Damian Hall on the Wainwright's Coast to Coast route. © Kirsty Reade.
Ultrarunner Damian Hall has broken the 185-mile Wainwright's Coast to Coast record, beating previous record holder Mike Hartley's time of thirty-nine hours and thirty-six minutes by eighteen minutes.
Hall followed the same route as Hartley, who previously held the record for thirty years, starting at St Bees and finishing at Robin Hood's Bay, crossing the breadth of England from the Irish Sea on the west coast to the North Sea on the east coast.
Just as he did when he broke the 261-mile Pennine Way record in 2020, the story of which you can read in In it for the Long Run, Damian picked up litter along the way, used no animal products, worked with Our Carbon to make the run carbon negative and Trees Not Trees to offset emissions, while continuing to raise money for Greenpeace.
Hall was supported by a small team of friends, including 214-Peak Wainwright's record holder Paul Tierney, Lakes twenty-four-hour record holder Kim Collison and hiker and fundraiser Nicki Lygo.
Prior to the run, Hall was interviewed by his his sponsors, Inov-8, "I like revisiting trails as a runner that I’ve previously explored as a hiker, especially if they’ve had a Mike Hartley record. I'm going to see how quickly I can do it. I've had this run in mind since not long after last year's Pennine Way bimble. Though it must be said, runners today have many advantages Mike and his contemporaries didn't have, such as GPS and other technology, better shoes, kit and nutrition nous. In some ways this may be harder for me than the Pennine Way. I don't mind the distance. But I do mind that speed. The C2C route has changed at times down the years, but I'll be making a real effort to mirror Hartley's run as closely as possible."