British ultra runner to attempt new 12-hour treadmill world record

Susie Chan

Ultra runner Susie Chan hopes to set a new 12-hour world record on the treadmill this weekend.

The 40-year-old mum of one from Farnham, Surrey will take on the challenge this Saturday 30th January. With the help of Kingston University, Susie hopes to run over 67 miles for 12 hours non-stop, setting a new record in the process.

The current 12-hour women's record held by Kristina Paltén from Sweden was set on 7th February 2013 and stands at 66.79 miles (107.49km).

The challenge sounds straightforward enough; simply keep running for as long as possible. In reality, Susie has to battle against exhaustion and the clock.

'I feel a little nervous about the record attempt as it involves a lot of people who have given up their day to help me. I don't want to let them down!' Susie told Runner's World.

An Exhibitions Manager at University College London by day, in her spare time Susie loves to run ultras. She favours multistage races and has participated in various events including the Marathon des Sables twice, (setting off with the elites in 2015) the Thames Path 100 and Boston Marathon.

'I'm attempting to set a new record because I can!' she explained. 'I did an experiment running 50 miles on a treadmill as part of research into ultra runners. That lead on to finding out about treadmill world records and realising one was within my grasp. So I've decided to go for it! It's an admin nightmare to satisfy Guinness World Records - but everything is now in place.'

To track Susie's progress and wish her luck with her record attempt, follow her on Twitter @Susie__Chan