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Friday 5: Ultra runner Damian Hall

Damian Hall running
Damian Hall is our Friday 5 guest (Image credit: Damian Hall)

Damian Hall is a tea-guzzling ultra runner who broke three records / Fastest Known Times (FKTs) last year, including the 261-mile Pennine Way

His new book, In It For The Long Run, is out in May and available for pre-order from Vertebrate Publishing now. 

Damian Hall day 3 of pennine way FKT

Damian on day three of the Pennine Way FKT last summer (Image credit: inov-8. / Dave Macfarlane )

If you could only keep one item out of all your outdoor gear, which would you keep and why? 

Ooooh. I'd have to go for my inov-8 Terraultra G 270s. They fit me like a glove, they are more versatile than they should be, they have ace grip, the graphene grip is durable and they've helped me nab a couple of cheeky records, too. 

What's your pet peeve in the outdoors/adventure space? 

Hmmm. Being outdoors somewhere a bit green and lumpy is almost always such a positive feeling, it's hard to be negative. I guess litter is an obvious one, though.

Damian Hall Pennine Way FKT day 1

The start of Damian's record-breaking Pennine Way run (Image credit: inov-8. / :Dave Macfarlane )

If you could be instantly transported to the start of any adventure, what would it be, where and why? 

A crossing of Antarctica would be the dream... Sigh. It's just the ultimate wilderness and adventure experience, in my head at least. But then perhaps I've read too many Robert Scott biographies. 

We're sitting round a campfire. Tell us a funny or entertaining story about one of your adventures.   

Oh cripes. Erm, I once got lost at the top of a New Zealand mountain for an alarming amount of time in a white out, looking for a Fellowship Of The Ring filming location. Does that count?

the long run book

Damian's new book is called In It For the Long Run (Image credit: Vertebrate Publishing)

Is there any gear that's on your shopping list at the moment? 

Sorry to be boring, but I'm really trying to cut down on gear/kit/equipment. We're all over-consuming and it's bad for the planet. The most sustainable kit is the stuff we already own. I'm trying to make mine last. That is really boring. Sorry.

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.