West Country running enthusiast Stuart Leaney is attempting to break the world record for 50k run on a treadmill on Friday (9 December). Stuart's target time is 2:59:49 and he's hoping his efforts will see a new world best and also raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.
The current official Guinness World Record is 3 hours 9 minutes and 8 seconds. Unofficially (not ratified by Guinness) the record currently stands at 2 hours 59 minutes and 49 secs, that’s running 5 mins 47 secs per mile for 31 miles. And it's the quicker time that Stuart is aiming to beat.
Stuart is in good form having won the Chelmsford Marathon in October in a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and will be inspired by his commitment to the Teenage Cancer Trust cause. He said: “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."
The world record attempt will take place in Cheddar, Somerset at King’s Fitness & Leisure Centre (start time 9.00am) with dozens of supporters expected to cheer Stuart on.
Teenage Cancer Trust's Katie Crossey has helped with plans for the event: “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.”
More details at Stuart's Just Giving page.