Swindon's endurance athlete and former Army physical training instructor, Mike Buss, has just smashed his fourth world record in his challenge to 'Run the furthest distance on a treadmill in seven days covered by one man'. He ran 3 marathons (78 miles) a day at between three and six miles an hour at the Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon. Having started at noon on Saturday 9 January, Mike reached the 468-mile threshold (the record set last summer by former solder Lee Chamberlain) at 9.28am on his sixth day of running. He went on to complete 520 miles by midday on the seventh day (16 January).
Mike ran three marathons a day with only two hours sleep in his attempt to break the record.
Staring at the same view running on the spot for seven days is monotonous so Mike was grateful for encouragement and to everyone
who helped him and 'did their bit' by running beside him on a second treadmill in exchange for a donation to Help for Heroes, with some members of running clubs even using it as an indoor training opportunity to beat the snow! . You will receive a certificate to say you helped him break the world record.
The challenge meant that Mike was burning 11,500 calories a day and only taking in 3,500 causing him to lose nearly nine pounds in weight.
His aim is to raise £1m for the charity by 2014. To track Mike's world record-breaking and fundraising progress, you can follow him on Twitter or receive the Mike Buss newsletter.