Record busting treadmill run for city teacher

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A record breaking teacher has vowed to never get on the treadmill again after running more than 100 miles in just two days.

Abi Schofield, a teacher at the City of Peterborough Academy Special School, ran a total of 111.9 miles over 48 hours during a marathon effort for charity.

Abi and the team

Abi and the team

She was only allowed short refuelling breaks, as well as a couple of stops for much needed massages.

The mammoth distance represented her contribution to the five-strong EPIC charity running group’s total of 691.76 miles, obliterating the previous world best of 251.79.

The record-breaking challenge took place in Guernsey, where athletes Warren Mauger and Philip Smith were joined by Robert Young, Adam Holland and Abi in their efforts to run their way into the history books and raise as money for charity as a result.

The 24 year-old member of Peterborough club Nene Valley Harriers said it had been an ‘exhausting but life changing experience’.She explained: “I met Robert (Young) aka ‘marathon man’ after completing this year’s London marathon, and was excited to meet such an inspirational man. He ran 420 marathons in one year for charity, spurred on by his experience of childhood abuse, so when he offered me the opportunity to be part of the ‘Epic’ team I jumped at the chance to help out.”

The 48 hour challenge kicked off last Friday (September 4), during which the energetic GB age group triathlete wrote herself into the record books.

She said: “I broke the women’s half marathon record on my second attempt at 6am on Saturday, as anxiety got the better of me the first time around - the hundreds of supporters, reporters and photographers created quite a stressful atmosphere,” she explained.

“I then went onto break the women’s 24-hour British and world marathon records, and found a whole new dimension of pain and tiredness!”

The former elite swimmer said she had been shocked at covering 111.9 miles, as she had only run 31 miles beforehand when completing an ultra marathon last year.

She added: “Treadmill running is much more challenging mentally, and it was so difficult to maintain self discipline with the numbers involved, and the limited scenery, as the whole challenge took place in a marquee.

“However, the support team of medics, chiropractors, masseuses, friends and family kept us pinned together, and our every need was catered for. I will never complain about being in pain or tired again, but I will definitely never run on a treadmill again!”

Money was raised for EPIC, The Hub, NSPCC and Dreams Come True.