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Katie Hall

A Brief history of your running career to date

I started running in 2012 to improve my general fitness and as a way of dealing with stress at the time. In August of that year, my brother wagered that I couldn't run a marathon. Being quite naturally competitive, and not one to back down from a challenge, I accepted the bet and started training. 4 months later, I completed Barcelona marathon in 4hrs 21mins. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, and as soon as the tears had dried, my first thought was 'I need to get under 4 hours!'. 6 months later, I did that with a 3hr 53 min finish in Dublin. Following that race, I felt I needed a bigger and better challenge. A friend suggested the Highland Fling, a 53 mile Ultramarathon on the West Highland Way. Sounds perfect! When training began, I had never even set foot on the route, but I quickly fell in love with the trails, and haven't looked back since. I love the wildness of the Scottish Highlands, and since that first training run, I've spent many hours, whole weekends in some cases, running the rugged trails of the West Highland Way. I completed the Devil O' The Highlands Ultra the same year as my first Fling as well as the River Ayr Way and Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultra.
2015 was a huge year for me, as it was the year I ran the West Highland Way Race, as well as the Fling, Devil and Jedburgh again. I also have run the Glasgow Half Marathon in 2014 (hated it - give me trails, beautiful trails!), Troon 10k and I am an occasional participant at my local Parkrun - with a couple of first places under my belt.
This year I have also dabbled with hill running, completing Creag Bheag, Two Breweries and Tinto Hill Race since September. My heart definitely lies with Ultras though, and I hope 2016 is going to be a great year of running...

What is your greatest running-related accomplishment?

Without doubt, my greatest running accomplishment to date has to be completing the 'Triple Crown' in only my second year of trail/ultra running. The Triple Crown refers to the 3 Ultras on the West Highland Way, The Highland Fling (53 miles), the WHW Race (95 miles) and the Devil O' the Highlands (42 miles), completed in the same calendar year - in fact, only 14 weeks covers all three events!

What UD gear/Injinji products do you use?

I love my UD Ultravesta & Ultra Jacket. I also am a big fan of the soft flasks, but I sometimes carry a handheld on training runs or between checkpoints in certain events - to make sure I hydrate!
Injinji Toesocks are amazing, I've not suffered from blisters since I started using them. I'm a big fan of the Trail socks and the Outdoor socks - I get very cold very easily, and I have discovered that I can run for hours in the chilly highlands and never had an issue in these socks, even when wet.

Achievements

2013 - Barcelona Marathon; Troon 10k; Dublin Marathon
2014 - Highland Fling; Devil O' The Highlands; River Ayr Way; Glasgow Half Marathon; Jedburgh 3 Peaks
2015 - Highland Fling; West Highland Way Race; Devil O' The Highlands; Creag Bheag Hill Race; Two Breweries Hill Race; Jedburgh 3 Peaks; Tinto Hill Race

Upcoming Races

April 2016 - Highland Fling
June 2016 - Transylvanian Bear Race (my first Ultra outside Scotland!)
more TBC.....