Ultra Marathon Territory


I have broken into ultra marathon territory this weekend with a gruelling 45km / 28mile trail run with the machine of a wingman, George Lewis.

The run took a mind boggling 6 hours and 35 minutes, climbing a total of 400 metres and burning in excess of 4000 calories but with the beautiful backdrop of the Oxfordshire countryside.


We reached the 16 mile mark at 3 hours 30 minutes and thought we were on track for a strong finishing time however the second half was an entirely different kettle of fish with the final 11 miles taking 3 hours to complete.

With the 66 mile ultra on the Isle of Wight looming this weekend has been a serious wake up call. Long runs alone will not prepare me for this challenge and I will now have to commit time to the gym for some serious leg & core strength training.

For anyone new to this blog, my father died of cancer on 30th May 2015 and I wanted to do something significant in his memory and whilst doing so raise money for Sobell House Hospice Charity, an Oxford based palliative care hospice who looked after him so well in his final days and Cancer Research UK, a cancer research and awareness charity in the UK.

I have committed to complete the following challenges in 2017:

  • The Isle of Wight Challenge, a 100km run around the Isle of Wight
  • The Rat Race Coast to Coast Challenge, a 168km run, bike & kayak through the Scottish Highlands.
  • Chase The Sun, a 300 km cycling challenge across England.
  • Give up alcohol for 2017.

For those who have already contributed or pledged, thank you, and for anyone interested you can contact me directly on email with a pledge to hall2017resolution@gmail.com or donate directly on my Virgin Money Giving page at Hall2017Donate



£8,000 barrier broken thanks to Lalani & Co


I am super excited to announce that Lalani & Co have agreed to support 2017 Hall Resolution.

Lalani & Co are the specialists in fine single-batch tea. Their seasonal collection holds some of the most flavour-expressive teas in the world. Each one has a flavour created by its provenance; the producer, region, season of picking and style of making.

Single-batch tea is a craft drink like a single-cask whisky or vintage wine. Lalani obtain these teas from family-owned gardens and treat them with care, ageing some of them, designing tea lists and tea pairing menus for restaurants and supplying to discerning tea drinkers across the world.

Lalani & Co have very generously agreed to sponsor £500 along with a supply of fine tea for the rest of the year which offers me the perfect solution to a year without alcohol. I will be transformed from amateur tea drinker into tea connoisseur.

I look forward to keeping everyone updated about my journey in tea exploration with Jameel Lalani & the team at Lalani & Co.




Going the distance…

It was great to finally have some human company this weekend for the longest run of the year so far (no offence Kip). Katie Neale and myself schlepped out for 16 miles on Saturday followed by a 4 mile trek on Sunday (to the pub and back).

The 16 miles was a gruelling 4 hours zigzagging over the chiltern hills with the highest point reached clocking 740 feet.

I am now staring down the barrels of a 32 mile training run on Saturday which will be the longest training run before the Isle of Wight Challenge next month. Thankfully, George Lewis will be joining me for what will be about 7 hours of running/trekking. The most worrying part about this is that I called Kip’s vet to ask whether he would be okay for the 33 mile ultra distance. The answer was that it is not recommended for a dog so sadly Kip will be dropped back at home at mile 16 but this does beg the question of whether I am ready? The answer to this will be revealed on Monday next week.

It would be a huge motivator to have any donations large or small to help fuel me through 33 miles. If you are feeling generous please contact me directly on email with a pledge to hall2017resolution@gmail.com or donate directly on my Virgin Money Giving page at Hall2017Donate


Fuel Your Ambition

“Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in”  William Eardley IV.

Progress is being made…after a dismal performance on my 12 mile run last weekend I put in some much needed preparation and planning this week. I remembered what my old house master used to say at the beginning of the exam season, “Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance” and this weekend never has a saying been more true!

Last week I did 12 miles in 2 hours 35 minutes. Slow by any standards however I had set off with only 2 boiled eggs in my stomach in addition to my earphones running out of batteries forcing me on a silent run.

This week the game was changed. Porridge, bananas & honey for breakfast, combined with an energy bar half way through my  run, plenty of water in the backpack and all accompanied by Ibiza club classics saw me smash my time last week by 20 minutes.

12 miles completed in 2 hours 14 minutes. The walker now becomes the runner and if I can train to maintain that pace for the Isle of Wight I will be on track to finish within 14 hours.

Another positive by product of todays improvements is a very happy and tired spaniel.


Thank you to those of you who helped fuel the fire by donating this week and for those that are still to donate or pledge please help motivate me for my next run of 22 miles this weekend by donating HERE or send me a message pledging your amount payable in January 2018 upon successful completion.


The Realisation of Reality!

As many of you will know I am good at spreading the word and talking about my “extreme” resolutions. Some have gone as far to say that I am firmly stuck on my high horse now. However last week I suddenly realised that it was fast approaching the end of February and I still had not run further than 6 miles….PANIC!

So, in true Hall style, I have set about a crash course training programme to fast track me to 66 miles in 2 months. This weekend was my first long distance run in quite some time and much to the delight of Kip, my cocker spaniel, we set off on a “quick” 12 miler.

After about 3 miles I decided to take some pictures for this blog and, in truth, stop to have a think about what I have committed to. My new running app informed me that I had “run” 3 miles in 30 minutes and it dawned on me that if it takes 30 minutes to run 3 miles, it is going to take 11 hours to do 66 miles however a) I will not be at that pace for 66 miles, b) I was going to need to have more than two boiled eggs for breakfast and c) I couldn’t think of anything else because I was starting to PANIC again.

After that small melt down and then my headphones running out of batteries 3 minutes later, any runner will understand that mental anguish, I got my head down and started pounding the bridleways of South Oxfordshire. The one benefit of long runs is that you really do see a different perspective of where you live and I certainly appreciated the views for all of 20 minutes until I realised my route passed over the Chiltern Hills.

To cut a long story/run short, 12 miles completed in a slow 2 hours 35 minutes. That puts the Isle of Wight Ultra predicted finishing time to a minimum of 14 hours 20 minutes. Kip and I have some serious work ahead of us over the next couple of months so if you would like to help fuel these long training runs please make a donation to my cause HERE or email hall2017resolution@gmail.com detailing your pledge to be settle in January 2018 on completion of the challenges.

For anyone new to this blog my father died of cancer on 30th May 2015. I am attempting do something significant in his memory and whilst doing it raise some money for Sobell House Hospice Charity, an Oxford based palliative care hospice who looked after him so well and Cancer Research UK, a cancer research and awareness charity in the UK.

I set myself the following challenges to complete in 2017:

  • The first resolution is to run (but probably jog, walk & crawl) the Isle of Wight Challenge, a 66 mile foot race around the Isle of Wight on 29/30th April 2017.
  • The second resolution is to complete the Rat Race Coast to Coast Challenge in September 2017. I will be Running, Riding and Kayaking 105 miles across the Scottish Highlands.
  • The third resolution is to give up drinking alcohol for 12 months.
  • The fourth resolution, which now seems slightly counter productive in light of getting the message out there, is to give up social media for 12 months.

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