Damian is a Trail-ultramarathon runner, coach and outdoor journalist
My first half marathon, in 2011, was life changing.
A year later I ran my first marathon and ultramarathon. Four years later I was representing Great Britain at the Trail World Championships.
Trail-ultramarathon running has become a, mostly healthy, addiction. The sport brings out my competitive nature, but it's much more about having a big sweaty adventure somewhere spectacularly lumpy, and the great health, happiness and friendships it rewards with. And the opportunity to scoff a lot of cake.
Abroad, I've completed the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc four times, the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, the Ice Ultra in Arctic Sweden, and placed in the top 10 at several Ultra-Trail Word Tour races.
I've also completed a Bob Graham Round, a Charlie Ramsay Round and hold the record for the Fastest Known Time (supported) on Britain's longest National Trail, the 630-mile South West Coast Path. For what it's worth, my marathon PB is 2:38 (Manchester Marathon, 2018).
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