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Kristian's Appalachian trail speed record attempt

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Hi, I'm Kristian Morgan

I'm an ultra endurance athlete, I'm the current record holder for running Britain's longest national trail, the 630 mile South West Coast Path. In July 2021 I will attempt to set a new record on the 2193 mile Appalachian trail in America. The current record is 41 days. To break this record I need to cover 54 miles per day through mountainous  terrain .

Charitable Cause

Since 2020 my father has been undergoing cancer treatment, he has been treated with the best science, technology and care that I could have ever imagined and so Cancer research UK will benefit by receiving 10% of all moneys raised. Now my father is a Cancer survivor. 

My Appalachian trail history

I produce and host a podcast which I interview people connected to the Appalachian trail. Listen here 

2018 I helped set the current World record on the Appalachian trail see here 

2019 I had a failed self funded attempt for the Appalachian trail record. I believe this experience will act as a stepping stone towards success.

2020 I planned to go out for a second attempt but the pandemic prevented me entering America. I stayed in the UK and broke the record for the 630 mile South West Coast Path (SWCP) see here 

Attempt Costs Include

Return Flights (5 x people) from United Kingdom to America

Internal flights (5 x people) once in America

Van hire plus insurance, satnav and extra charges (8-9 weeks)

Fuel to drive the van 

Food (5 x people) for the duration (8-9 weeks)

Motels/hostels (when not sleeping in a tent on the trail)

Roof tent for van



About the Appalachian trail (AT)

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The AT is located in America, covers 14 states and travels through the rugged Appalachian trail mountains. The trail starts at Springer mountain in Georgia and finishes at the the top of Mt Katahdin in Maine. From start to finish anyone hiking the trail will have gone up and down the equivalent of 16 x Mt Everest's. 

The Challenge

Each day I will wake at 3:30am and start running by 4am. The first 3hrs of each day will be run during the hours of darkness using a head torch. I will run all day only stopping a few times to meet a small support crew. The support will consist of (Trail names) Gun Section, Campfire aka Girl on fire, Iceman and Blackbeard. During crew stops I will resupply with food and drink. The longest I will need to run between crew stops will be 100 miles through what's called the 100 mile wilderness. Each night I will sleep in a tent on the trail. The trail is home to many wild animals including bear, Mouse, deer, Porcupine and more.

Appalachian trail map.

Keep upto date with my progress

I'm very excited for you to participate in my journey, in any way possible. Each contribution will both boost morale and logistics. Here are links to social media that will be used to update our progress whilst out in America on the Appalachian tail.

Live tracking 

Connect with the above links for updates, blog posts, pictures and video clips as the adventure unfolds. Also please share my social media accounts and this GoFundMe with friends and family so they can follow along as well. THANK YOU!

Any surplus money raised will benefit Cancer Research UK and also help with my following project (to be announced). 

Thanks for reading and I hope you. enjoy the journey as it unfolds.


Kristian Morgan

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