(C) London Marathon, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge, December 2002
(C) London Marathon, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge, December 2002



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January 2018

Happy New Year! My year will start with the first of three world record attempts planned this year. Starting at 11am on 8th January (finishing on 17th January) in the Olympia Building at Teesside University you are all welcome to come and visit me running 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days on a treadmill. A bit warmer than outside at present, having run several cold and icy parkruns over the festive period. I managed to run Clumber parkrun (Worksop) the Saturday before Christmas, Castles parkrun (Bishops Stortford) on Christmas day, Albert parkrun (Middlesbrough) the Saturday after Christmas, Brighouse parkrun and Huddersfield parkrun on New Year’s day and finally Bramley parkrun (Leeds) for 6th January. I did of course do a rather muddy fell race where I live, the Guisborough woods event on 27th December.

I have been training regularly at Teesside University on the h/p/cosmos machine that will be used for the attempt. All witnesses are in place and I am fully supported by staff and students from the University for the physiology testing that will take place. Sports therapy students (Leah Gibbs and Kevin Gamblin) have kindly offered some sports massage too between their revision and exams. Bill as always on treadmill events, cannot be part of the crew and will be at work!

Extra update:

My first world record attempt of the year has been achieved. Marathon times detailed below with a final time for “Fastest aggregate time to complete 10 marathon distances in 10 days on a treadmill (female)” of 43 hours 51 minutes and 39 seconds. Thanks to a great venue at Teesside University and the team behind me: Trevor McDermot, Alan Guy, Andy Thomas and Doug Harris as the official witnesses. Behind the scenes work and testing done by Dr Nic Berger, Georgia Campbell and Dann Cooley (who also did all the filming, sorted cameras and the wonderful iced foot bath). To sport therapy students who gave their precious time during an exam period to massage me daily and did a perfect job Leah Gibbs (also did some bloods), Kevin Gamblin and Yoke Walker. Izzy Russell who came to the house to cuddle Baxter and make sure I had a hot meal and pudding waiting for me and made many cups of tea. Too all the visitors and supporters that helped make this a success, including Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Croney. Finally to the trustees of New Hope Uganda UK who made frequent visits and were my nominated charity, there is still time to donate until early February, and many thanks to those who donated in buckets and online too.

Marathon 1 4:21:21 Marathon 2 4:21:39 Marathon 3 4:24:38 Marathon 4 4:24:06 Marathon 5 4:23:55 Marathon 6 4:24:22 Marathon 7 4:23:54 Marathon 8 4:23:21 Marathon 9 4:23:25 Marathon 10 4:20:58

I am supporting a great cause for this one after meeting the trustees of New Hope Uganda, so please help make this world record attempt worthwhile by donating (link below). Many thanks.





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