Damian Welch

I’m Running Up For Air to raise money for groups across Europe who are campaigning for clean air action.

On 31 July, trail runners across Europe will be running for 3, 6, 12, or 24 hours and aiming for a maximum vertical gain. Air pollution is the world’s largest environmental health threat. Poorer areas and those that house some racial and ethnic groups face higher levels of traffic density and are disproportionally harmed by this invisible killer. Children who live or go to school near roads with heavy-duty vehicle traffic face twice the risk of respiratory problems as those living near less congested streets. But it doesn’t need to be this way. If we cut air pollution we could prevent 50,000 deaths in Europe, every year. Breathing clean air should be a basic human right. That is why I am taking part in this endurance challenge. Please help me to raise funds for 18 environmental groups fighting for clean air.

My Updates

Hill reps in London

Sunday 1st Aug
Thank you for sponsoring! Having a purpose in doing this run was a huge advantage for me. 66km, 3005 metres of climbing (3248 according to strava!). Happy with that for this year. Hope to do this again in 2022.

I’m running up for air because…

Tuesday 27th Jul
… living near the A205 road, where air pollution was cited as a cause of death of 9 year old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah makes you think when you’re a runner and dad. 

We live in a green and fairly hilly part of London- air pollution is an issue for any of us that love the outdoors and the way I stagger and gasp for air on Canonbie Road (our local hill) makes it a priority for me!

When I’m not running, I’m working for Mars (sometimes both at the same time). We say The World We Want Tomorrow Starts With The Way We Do Business Today- and alongside all the massive scale efforts I see Mars making to genuinely make a clean, sustainable and better world tomorrow, I wanted to add my own extra effort, with this run.

A few £ to these charities, and a bit more thought about whether we take the car or walk or ride when possible is a little action that can help. Please do if you can.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Inés And Oscar

Well done Papa!




Billy Schultz

Well done!


Martin Fisher

Amazing effort to run round and go back up that hill again and again…!



Well done!!!


Anna Morrison


Martyn Sylvester

Run up hill. Repeat. Great cause Damian 👍


Talia Comez

Go Papa go! Well done Damian, we’ll be cheering you!


The Marshalls

Wow! Absolutely amazing work! Well done! Gemma, Tom, Amber, Maxwell & Margot xxxx


Nick And Aom

You smashed it, mate! Well done.


Daniele Fresca

Good luck!!!


Becky, Phil. Amelie, Monty & Arlo

Such an amazing effort, well don Damian!!!


Catherine Walker


Audrey Bedlow

Don’t stop running or climbing hills/mountains!!! You’re amazingly inspiring running for good deed. Keep going 😎


Lucie And The Rest Of The Clapps

Well done Damian, you’re a good egg with with quite remarkable determination 👏


Chris De Wolfe


Emma Woods

Run, Damian, run! Thank you for raising awareness of such a great cause. As a fellow Londoner, I’d see and feel the impact of air pollution on our streets and on humanity every day. (Can’t run 10 yards myself, but right behind you in spirit!)


Damian Welch


Richard Bond

Amazing Effort Damian


Nick Welch

Good luck!


Ceci Ardila

Excellent project!!! All the best!!!


Damian Welch