He’d be supported by some top UK runners, so familiarity with the route wouldn’t be an issue. You’ve got guys like Tom Owens and Ricky Lightfoot who are fellow Salomon runners, and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a queue of elite fell runners who’d be happy to support him.
I reckon there’s two factors in whether he breaks the record: 1) Does he give it a proper go? He seems pretty chill and has been known to show up and potter round stuff without giving it full gas. 2) Weather/underfoot conditions. The ground on the fells is saturated at the moment, so the going is slower. And if it’s wet on the day, there are long stretches where greasy rock would slow you down quite a bit. If he goes for it in decent conditions, he smashes it.
Yeah, seen a few of his docs. He’s unbelievable. Seems like a great bunch of lad too.