Great Britain trail runner Kyle Greig missed out on a new Guinness World Record for the most miles run on a treadmill in 24 hours last Friday.
The 34-year-old dad-of-one and founder of TRS Training was forced to abandon the challenge after 18 hours, having completed a total of 112 miles. Despite getting off to a strong start, Greig's goal to beat the previous record of 164.3 miles was disrupted by the onset of a hip injury at the 16 hour mark.
Greig decided to pursue the idea in May, as a means of staying motivated to train during lockdown while also raising funds for two of his favourite charities – Children’s Hospitals Across Scotland and The Gathimba Edwards Foundation. As of today, he has raised over £8,650, which will be split equally between the organisations.
While Greig was no stranger to extreme distances, this latest challenge had been his most daunting yet.
'I wanted something that really scares me, that makes me really excited, that gives me the fear,' he told Runner’s World UK. 'What better way to do that than to run on a treadmill for 24 hours?'
An enthusiastic long-distance athlete, Greig had spent the summer adjusting to the novelty of running heavy mileage indoors.
'Before this challenge, I had never run more than two hours on a treadmill, because I just think it’s pretty boring!' he admitted.
The experience required Greig to make multiple changes to his typical running strategies.
'I’ve had to really keep the elevation profile low and I've gotten used to running at a slow pace for a long time,' he explained.
To set an official record, Greig had to observe strict rules, which included a ban on touching the treadmill. 'You have to really work on your core just to make sure you’re stable when running,' he said.
To fend off the threat of boredom, Greig implemented a number of techniques. He livened up the experience by listening to music playlists and Zoom calling his supporters along the way. Unfortunately, these distractions were not enough to cancel out the excruciating hip pain that prompted him to pull out .
Although the event did not go as planned, Greig remains positive about his achievement. He has expressed gratitude to those who helped him get so far, and is now committing to a full recovery.
"I have no regrets not getting the record. What you have all done to support me in this BHAG is one of the proudest moments of my life," he said.
"For now, I just want to rest up playing with my baby."
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