Interview with record holder GB ultrarunner Dan Lawson - How to run 874 miles from Lands End to John o’Groats (LEJOG) in 9 days
Dan Lawson is a British ultra runner and charity worker from Brighton. In 2016, he won the European 24 Hour Championships, and in 2020 set one of the fastest known times for Land's End to John o' Groats (LEJOG). Dan averaged over 80 miles a day on the roads and trails of Great Britain to break Richard Brown’s 25-year-old record to finish in 9 days, 21 hours, 14 minutes and 2 seconds, setting the fastest time with robust supporting evidence. dmtwo media’s Dave MacFarlane joined the crew for the entire adventure and in doing so has created one of the most memorable and endearing films about ultrarunning that you’ll watch this year called 'Breaking Ten. From the treacherous A30 in Cornwall, through England, Wales and Scotland and battling along the A9 in Scotland, the ultrarunner’s relentless progress, supported by his family and friends, is simply an inspiration.
In 2015, he placed first in the Grand Union Canal Race, beating the previous course record by over three hours. He also placed first and set new course records in the Roseland August trail Black RAT (32 miles); the Ridgeway Challenge Ultra trail, 85 miles; and the Run the Rann 161 km ultra trail, India. Lawson placed second in the Spartathlon, making him the second fastest British runner in the race’s history. He placed 24th in the 2015 IAU 24 Hour World Championship, Turin, receiving a gold team medal as part of Team GB & NI. Dan Lawson won the IAU 24 Hour European Championships in 2016 with a distance of 261.843 kilometres (162.702 mi) and holds the record for longest distance run during a 24-hour Ultramarathon in India, and the record for distance run on a treadmill in 7 days, having run 521 miles.
Dan is founder of ReRun clothing company which repurposes and aims to prolong the life of running clothes and equipment to reduce items going to landfill. The film ‘Breaking Ten' is available to watch on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/ondemand/breakingten , as well as added out-takes and extra interview footage from the record-breaking run.