Stuart Leaney, 36, from Somerset, is the new world record holder for running 50k on a treadmill with an incredible effort of 2hr59min39sec last Friday (9 December). Stuart’s target was the Guinness World Record of 2:59:49 – 5:47 pace for 31 miles – and he achieved this with just 10 seconds to spare!
Stuart was aiming to raise £2,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust to help transform the lives of young people with cancer in the South West and he said: “Running has given me so much enjoyment and I want to use my love for running as a way to help raise awareness and support for such an amazing charity. I hope by doing this I can help those that need it most, supporting people while at their most vulnerable”.
An experienced endurance athlete with a best time of 2:27:44 in last year’s London Marathon, Stuart won the multi-terrain Bath Two Tunnels 50K (3:19:42) and Chelmsford Marathon (2:31:33) during his build-up to the world record.
The record fell at King’s Fitness and Leisure Centre in Cheddar, Somerset, as a vocal crowd supported this human hamster for just under three hours of total commitment, utter concentration and impeccable pace judgement at 17kph.
Teenage Cancer Trust's Katie Crossey helped with plans for the event and said: “We have been excited about this record attempt for so long. Stuart trains tirelessly and I know how passionate he feels about raising the much needed funds towards supporting local young people with cancer.”
To support Stuart in his fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust please visit his JustGiving page.
For more information visit Stuart’s Twitter page here.