The Official RW Forum Treadmill Record Attempt!

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15/02/2008 at 17:00

Ok folks..... here's your chance to be a part of something BIG and just a little bit mental. I've been getting together a team of fine specimens to take on the 48-hour team treadmill world record. This involves 12 people hopping on and off a single treadmill for 48 hours and trying to clock up more than the 381 miles posted by the South African squad which currently holds the record.

Fortunately, RW and Sweatshop have got behind the event and - get this - we'll be doing it in the window of Lillywhites in Piccadilly!

And there's more....

We'll be starting at 8.00am on Friday 11 April and finishing at 8.00am on Sunday 13 April at which point we'll hot-foot it over to the FLM start-line and run that as a bit of a warm-down......

I have already found 10 runners fast enough and crazy enough to take this on, which means I only need TWO more.  Any takers? We particularly need a lady runner if possible as at the moment we're all blokes so we need someone to keep us in line. I can promise media stardom and some free kit plus of course the chance to carve your name into Guinness World Record history......can't say fairer than that.

AND DON'T PANIC - even if you're not the combination of a sooperdooper runner + barmy that we're looking for, you can still get involved! The whole event is aiming to raise £100,000 for Tommy's, the baby charity, which is an absolutely fab charity that fund medical research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth so we'd be ever so grateful if you supported us at:

WWW.TOMMYS.ORG/TREADMILLRECORD

Or by all means just come along to Piccadilly and shout some support/hurl some abuse depending on whether you're pre or post pub!

15/02/2008 at 17:16

Go girl!

<and no I am not volunteering>  Who is on the list so far???

Edited: 15/02/2008 at 17:18
15/02/2008 at 17:36

No specific fast-ness that you need to be, but as a guide everyone so far is sub-3 marathon or very close to it (and in some cases much faster!!). But to actually beat the record we only need to keep the treadmill moving at 7.30 pace so if you reckon you can manage 4hrs of that over the course of 48 (and then run FLM too of course!) then give me a shout (by email perhaps?)

The list so far is:

Padams
Crab
Gold Rush
OuchOuch
Dan A
Dull Napoleon
Nick the Stick
Kempez
Orinocho
Running Bhoy

15/02/2008 at 17:59

Would love to but as aiming to go sub4 (hopefully sub3.45) I really am not fast enough.

Will defo drop by and offer support though

15/02/2008 at 19:57

I'm up for it. Count me in if you want me.

7.30 mins per mile shouldn't give me a problem over that timeframe.

However, I don't have an entry for FLM or is that also thrown in?

Edited: 15/02/2008 at 19:59
Iron Pingu    pirate
15/02/2008 at 20:19
That sounds amazing!  I'll do it if I can do a 10 min mile 
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
16/02/2008 at 12:17
Sounds amazing, good luck.
16/02/2008 at 19:52
Just been thinking about shifts for the challenge..  1 hour efforts or shorter, sharper bursts?  Am in Surrey - anyone around to try a few out?
16/02/2008 at 20:04

oh good luck

would be nice to have had summat to include slower runners-but-well i guerss it wouldnt make as good a record

16/02/2008 at 20:21
I'm in London that weekend so I'll come and give you all a shout.
17/02/2008 at 09:44

Thanks for the interest KittenKat and Sean (you both have mail!) and for the support everyone else.

PH - yep I know it would have been ideal to have something that all levels of runners could participate in, but I guess this kind of record isn't really suited to that as you say. However, I know RW really like these kinds of ideas so if this one goes smoothly maybe they'll look at going for something different - another record that would be more suitable to all types of runner (not sure whether there is one, but probably..)

O - Not totally sure yet on the shifts..... we need to thrash that out over the next few weeks. What would be your preference? And yeah - I could meet up for a bit of a practice sesh and I know Kempez is Surrey too - anyone else? 

17/02/2008 at 12:59

Am not sure yet!  Liking the idea of a nice rest after a 1 hour effort, but wondering how hard the 3rd and/or final hour may feel - especially if it's a graveyard shift!   Am off to ask Great Uncle Bulgaria for his advice..  Let's get a date in the diary for the practice sesh.

17/02/2008 at 15:46

Lots of luck with this.  Thankfully my 12min/miles puts this way out of my league but I'll certainly offer some support.  What a great idea.  I look forward to hearing more. 

18/02/2008 at 10:03
Go go go! Great idea (sorry can't fit it in, or I'd be there like a shot).
JFB
18/02/2008 at 16:41
Nick, I e-mailed you via your address linked off this forum.  I could help, although not for 4 hours, so maybe you'd be better off with someone else.  Good luck, anyway.
18/02/2008 at 19:07

Hail Hail

Just popping to the thread to say "Hail Hail".

I know that NtS is keen to try and get the main team members to do a regular post or three, so this is the first of mine.

76M last week was rounded off with 20M @ 7.10 pace, which I was pleased with, and feel that I'm really coming back towards "match fitness" just in time for the big event.

19/02/2008 at 11:46

Cheers SD and ExPS.

O - let's try and get a date in the diary for the "practise session" - Kempez can we do it at your gym do you think?

I think also we should start investigating how we could squeeze the most possible mileage out of ourselves. IE what would be the best timings/shifts to run. I'm thinking maybe of splitting into pairs and looking after two or three hours each with maybe 15 min on and 15 min off. I think anything longer than 15 min is gonna mean the resting runner gets too cold. We could combat that by not alternating and just doing hour runs each but then we will surely be slower than if we split it up into smaller bursts. Thoughts?

Also - still don't have a confirmed lady runner as yet! Any fast ladies out there fancy it????

19/02/2008 at 12:20

In the evening of Thursday 28 Feb?  Wed 5, Thu 6 March? 

Was also considering the 'pairs' option, and think 10-15 mins could work well.  An hour on followed by a long rest has its attraction, but I reckon shorter efforts would see us covering more distance overall.

Good work RB.

19/02/2008 at 12:40

O - I was thinking of doing it on a weekend so we could effectively `practise' the rest too. IE hit the treadmill at 8.00am do two hours of 15min on/off in pairs, then have 8 hrs off and repeat. That way we'd get a good idea of the kind of pace we could manage.

19/02/2008 at 12:50

This weekend is tricky as I'm cross training on the high wire and trapeze!  For me, earliest weekend would be Sat 8 and/or Sun 9 March if you want more of a full rehearsal!

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