Ex-soldier smashes treadmill record
Published 16/01/2010 | 13:58
A former soldier has run into the record books by obliterating a world treadmill record.
Mike Buss now has the record for the longest distance covered on a treadmill in seven days, breaking the previous record of 468 miles on Friday morning - his sixth day of running.
By the deadline of midday on Saturday he had reached 517.25 miles, smashing the record set last summer by fellow ex-soldier Lee Chamberlain.
Mr Buss, 35, from Highworth, in Swindon, has been running three marathons a day on the treadmill at the Brunel Shopping Centre in the town. He has only two hours sleep a day with brief breaks for food and a massage.
The former Army physical training instructor has been burning around 11,000 calories a day and as he only takes in around 3,500 calories he has lost eight and a half pounds in weight.
Mr Buss has been running between 3.7 miles an hour and six miles an hour and has lost two toenails during the challenge.
He is raising money for the charity Help For Heroes, which assists injured British servicemen and their families, and hopes to raise £100,000 by Christmas and £1m by 2014.
He has been supported by soldiers from 29 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, based at South Cerney, Gloucestershire, who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Also supporting Mr Buss today was Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher who was awarded the George Cross after throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan in February 2008.
Mr Buss, who has held countless other fitness world records and has a 19-month-old son Ethan, said he planned to take it easy for the rest of the day before getting back into his fitness regime.