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  • In It for the Long Run

  • Breaking Records and Getting FKT
  • By: Damien Hall
  • Narrated by: Stewart Crank
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (349 ratings)

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Summary

In It for the Long Run is ultrarunner Damian Hall’s story of running a first marathon aged 36, dressed as a toilet, and representing Great Britain four years later. His midlife-crisis running problem escalated to 100-mile ultramarathons and record-breaking bimbles, culminating in his 261-mile Pennine Way run in July 2020.

In 1989, Mike Hartley set a record for Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Pennine Way, running Britain’s oldest National Trail in two days and seventeen hours, without stopping for sleep. Hartley’s record stood for 31 years, until two attempts were made on it in two weeks in the summer of 2020. First, American John Kelly broke Hartley’s record by 34 minutes. Then Hall knocked another three hours off Kelly’s time.

Hall used his record-bothering run to highlight concerns for our climate and ecological emergency: His attempt was carbon negative, he created no plastic waste, and he and his pacing runners collected litter as they went, while also raising money for Greenpeace. A vegan, Hall used no animal products on his attempt. Scrawled on his arm in permanent marker was "F F F", standing for Family, Friends, Future.

Packed with dry wit and humor, In It for the Long Run tells of Hall’s nine-year preparation for his attempt, and of the run itself. He also gives us an autobiographical insight into the deranged, custard-splattered, hedgehog-dodging world of ultramarathon running and record attempts.

©2021 Damian Hall (P)2021 Vertebrate Publishing

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really great to listen

loved the whole story - very well put together with a good sense of humour and insight I feel this book is really relatable to a lot of people the struggle of running and balancing life as well as just how funking hard some of this stuff is.

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Wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this, but it was brilliant, funny, inspiring. Definitely recommend it!

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Cracking listen!

Really enjoyed this book, would definitely recommend to anyone interested in physical challenges!

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cracking book amazing author

i loved it and its made me more focused to push that little bit further.

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Best book ever

A must listen, so so inspiring!! I'm off to do a few FKT's now!

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A Great Listen!

What a book, funny and inspiring! Actually made me enjoy my busy train ride to work.

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Inspiring and thoughtful book

As a plucky slow ultra runner I loved this.

Cant say any more. Going for a run.

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inspiring

Damien's down to earth and gripping commentary on his descent into ultras is both captivating and inspiring.

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Much like a good run - better for it after

Good balance of humour, detail and motivation.
Well narrated, which felt personal as well as inspiring.

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Great relatable read

Loved the way this was a relatable account of Damien’s experiences running far in lumpy places! So many little things that anyone who loves to run in nature can picture and smile at. Real and refreshing.

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