‘Adventureman’ Jamie McDonald runs over 73 miles a day to break treadmill record | UK News
British fundraiser Jamie McDonald has broken the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance covered on a treadmill in a week – covering more than 73 miles a day.
Running as his alter-ego Adventureman, the 32-year-old sportsman spent the last seven days in a tent in his home city of Gloucester, running more than 20 hours a day to beat the 513.97 miles (827.15km) set by Marcio Villar in Brazil in 2015.
The tennis coach broke the record with more than two hours to spare and was cheered on by hundreds of supporters who had travelled to Gloucester Quays to watch him enter the record books.
He carried on running until he had reached the 168-hour mark when he stopped, having set a new record of 524.4 miles (844.9km).
Mr McDonald, who suffered from a debilitating immune deficiency and the potentially fatal spinal condition syringomyelia as a child, told the crowd: “I’ve done it,” to a massive round of applause.
“I just want to thank you for being here. I’m a proper Gloucester boy, through and through.
“You do know what they say about world records? Not just beaten but they have got to be smashed.”
To beat the record he had to run more than 73 miles (117.5km) a day for seven days and was only sleeping for two or three hours a night.
It is the latest stamina-defying feat by Mr McDonald, who in March completed a 5,500-mile (8,851km), 210-marathon coast-to-coast fundraising run across the US unsupported.
He has previously run across Canada dressed as superhero The Flash.
Mr McDonald came to prominence in 2012 when he cycled 14,000 miles (22,531km) from Bangkok to Gloucester on a £50 second-hand bike.
Just weeks after returning to Gloucester, he set a new world record for cycling non-stop on a static bike.