Des Rhule has been running in the snow, rain and hot sun on trails and off- road, since he was 9 years old. Starting off in x-country and orienteering events at school, he went on to race in regional and national championships. It was in the snow at Oxleas Wood in 1977 that he won his first x-country race, despite falling over!

Regardless of what form he's in, Des enjoys running for the pleasure of it. Preferring to run in the mountains or on the coast, he discovered mountaineering during the 80s, and found running to be perfect cross-training.

Besides his ultra distance running, Des has summited several 4000 metre peaks. He still races for Kent AC and Kings College London.

Race History

  • Road Marathons:  Paris & London x 2
  • Trail Marathons: Seven Sisters Coastal, Kielder x 4, South Downs x 7
  • Ultras: UTMBs (168 & 105kms), Highland Fling (53 miles) x 4, Fellsman (63 miles) x 2

2015 – Completed the Highland Fling & aiming to complete the South Downs Marathon (again!), The Swiss Iron Trail 210km & then the UTMB TDS race which is 119km with 7,250 meters of ascent.

Main goal is to complete all entered races this year and take part in the 300km 2016 Tor Des Geants

Athlete Kit List

Des's running gear handles some serious mileage. Check out his ultra essentials below.