Kristian Morgan has set a fastest-known time (FKT) for the South West Coast Path, taking just over three hours off Damian Hall’s mark.
The Inov-8-sponsored runner covered the 630 miles along the UK’s longest National Trail in a provisional time of 10 days 12 hours 6 minutes.
After starting at Poole Harbour in Dorset, he passed through Devon and Cornwall to reach Minehead in Somerset on Wednesday.
The 43-year-old running coach, who was supported throughout by family and friends, said: “It was a real team effort to break Damian’s record and I feel privileged to have had the support of my mother, Sharon Mullan, throughout the attempt.
“At times I didn’t think it was possible to break the record but there were other times that I forgot about it and was just enjoying some of the best trail running of my life.
“The weather was mixed. The first four days it was hot and sunny and then towards the end I was racing against a storm that was coming in.
“It was a truly-epic, life-changing adventure.”
Hall, who set his time in 2016, said: “Huge congratulations to Kristian on a really gutsy performance on the South West Coast Path. I always knew there was a big soft spot in my record where I ran a couple of lower-mileage days and he exploited that excellently.
“I’m semi happy to pass my record on! Obviously no-one enjoys having their record beaten, I won’t lie. But it was exciting to follow his progress and I’m just sad I couldn’t get down there to join him for a bit of it.”