World Challenge 48 Hours Treadmill: 4pm Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th February

On Monday I leave home and head to Evreux in northern France, as an invited participant in the first 48 hour treadmill race to be held in the EuroFitness Centre from Wednesday February 22nd to Friday 24th.

Six established ultra distance athletes have been invited to this event, called the “World Challenge 48 Hour Treadmill” the first of its kind.  I will join three Frenchmen, a Swiss and a Spanish lady.

The brain child of local organiser Gerard Cain, this unique event will start at 4pm UK time and herald a new type of competition which the organiser thinks will become a popular event for athletes and spectators. The main focus of the athletes will be on the existing world 48 hour treadmill record, set by Ireland’s Tony Mangan, of 251.80 miles/405.22kms.

Ten years ago, I set a Guinness World Record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill in 24 hours, at the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall.  I covered 112.46 miles on that occasion.

“I have to admit I have done nothing like that since and I’m not sure how I will respond to 48 hours on a treadmill. I use a treadmill regularly in my training but never for longer than a few hours.  I’m fully fit and willing to have a good shot at it and see how I get on.”

In my last event in November, I won the Monaco 8 Day road race becoming the first person in the event’s history to surpass 1000kms or 621.37 miles in the 8 days.

Follow the race HERE, on my blog, thanks to Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe of