(C) London Marathon, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge, December 2002
(C) London Marathon, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge, December 2002


7 days on a treadmill world record attempt
14 - 21 December 2011 @ Teesside University

You can read Sharon's own account on the News page

DAY 7:

Sharon's remarkable finishing distance at the end of the event today at 12 noon was 832.57kms (or 517.33 miles) which is a really amazing achievement. This distance now needs to be ratified by the Guiness World Record team. A MASSIVE WELL DONE to Sharon!

Thanks to Teesside University you can watch coverage of the event on YouTube:


 Sharon at the finish [Photo courtesy of Barry Dunne]

Here is a flavour of the press coverage:

Evening Gazette, 22 December 2011

Darlington & Stockton Times, 22 December 2011

Evening Gazette, 21 December 2011

BBC News, 20 December 2011

DAY 6:

More great news to report. Sharon broke the existing men's 7 day treadmill record at 17:09 today, in other words 6 days, 5 hours and 9 minutes into the challenge. There has been significant media interest and the record breaking moment was broadcast live on BBC Radio Tees and covered in the local TV news.

Sharon did not break her schedule to celebrate instead powering on to increase the new record distance. She will finally stop at 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday 21st December 2011) for a really well earned rest and Christmas break with TWO NEW WORLD RECORDS under her belt!


SEND YOUR MESSAGES DIRECT TO 07888 739054 to help Sharon through the last hours of the challenge and don't forget to sponsor Sharon.

Sharon would like to thank everyone for sending their messages of support and especially to Lee Chamberlain, the existing record holder, who kindly called yesterday with a message of support when Sharon was about 65kms short of his record. Lee's record of 753.24 km (468.04 miles) was achieved at the Camberley Shopping Centre, Surrey, UK, from 18 to 25 July 2009.

More photos from 9.30pm Tuesday 20th December:

Above: Two new records achieved but still 14.5 hours to go to the 7 day deadline

Below: Sharon seen from outside the Olympia Building at Teesside University

DAY 5:

Great news from Teesside University - Sharon has beaten the existing women's record for running on a treadmill for 7 days in just 5 days, 4 hours and 47 minutes! The record was formerly 649.87 km (403.81 miles) and was set held by Marina 'Mimi' Anderson in the UK just over a year ago.

Sharon will now set her sights on the men's record of 753kms which was set by Lee Chamberlain on 18th – 25th July 2009. She hopes to equal this record some time on Tuesday 20th December. GOOD LUCK SHARON!

DAY 4:

At 5pm on Sunday (Day 4) Sharon is looking remarkably good still and amazingly has notched up 541kms.

She is feeling really confident about beating the current ladies record of 649.86kms some time tomorrow (Monday).

Her support team consists of two official timers and several representatives from each of the charities she is raising money for. They are helping to relay the messages of support that are coming in via text and facebook. The messages are being chalked up on a board placed in front of Sharon's treadmill so if you want to help her through the remaining time you can send you message via Andy Russell's mobile which is 07888 739054.

Sharon was also pleased to report lots of visitors including the local Albert Park Runners, Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Assistant Dean of Teesside University.

Sharon's husband Bill was also there tonight running a 10k on the adjacent treadmill. He has a bit of catching up to do! (see photo below)

Note: Correction - Sharon set off at 12 noon on Wednesday 14th December not 11am as stated in my report.

Photos from 5pm Sunday 18th December

DAY 3:

Day 3 update from Alan Guy and Andy Russell. Great news to share!!!

Sharon has completed 1/3rd of the distance required to break the MALE 7 day treadmill world record in under 2 days. Sharon is in good spirits and we can all be proud of her.

Hope that some of you can come and see her (Olympia Building is just behind the University library in Southfield Road). You will see Sharon as you walk towards the building.

DAY 2:

7:40pm - within the last hour Sharon has completed an impressive 200kms. She was feeling a bit below par during one session today but has picked up and is now back on track and feeling very optimistic.

DAY 1:

Sharon set off on her record bid this morning at 12 noon supported by a good crowd and officially started by Councillor Brenda Thompson. TV crews from the BBC and ITV, radio crews and newspaper reporters were all in attendance to cover the event launch.

After less than 7 hours there was some drama when the treadmill equipment failed. Sharon was almost due a meal break but the food was not ready so unfortunately some time was lost from the schedule while a back up machine was organised.

By 9pm Sharon was back on track, in good spirits and feeling comfortable having completed 70.89kms.

Read more on the Teesside University website

Photo: Sharon at the launch of her world record attempt at Teesside University

Record and dates

Current record for the furthest distance run by a person for 7 days on a treadmill is 753km set by Lee Chamberlain on 18th – 25th July 2009.

My record attempt will begin at midday on 14th December and finish at midday on 21st December 2011.

The event will be held in the Olympia Building at Teesside University and is open to the public.

This page will be updated daily with my progress thanks to Ella Towers.

You may also be able to follow my progress on facebook.



For this event I have nominated two charities that I would like to raise funding for. You can donate at www.virginmoneygiving.com/SharonGayter

You can donate by texting my code (FYVR54) and the amount you want to donate to 70070. For example to donate £1 simply text FYVR54 £1 to the telephone number 70070.

You can give money in the collection tins where I am running in the Olympia Building at Teesside University.

Link to charity websiteCharlotte Wren Forget-Me-Not Fund (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (LLR)

LLR is 50 years old and was founded by the Eastwood family of Middlesbrough in June 1960.The red Forget-Me-Not is the symbol chosen to signify that LLR was set up and dedicated to the memory of their little girl who lost her battle with leukaemia. Thankfully, they had the selfless determination to set the fund into vital research into all blood cancers. In 1960 leukaemia was a death sentence with survival rates at just 1% and now in 2011, that figure is a 92% chance of survival – thanks to your support.

Mike and Claire Wren, as a family of local fundraisers in Middlesbrough, set up their Forget-Me-Not Fund, in loving memory of their beautiful and brave three year old daughter Charlotte in 2007.Their vision is to help ‘make a difference’ for little people fighting blood cancers by funding breakthroughs in research and improvements into treatments that are less invasive, less painful and ultimately to find that elusive cure for all, in a dedication to Charlotte’s memory.

At all theirfundraising events, Mike and Claire truly believe that whenever people are gathered together in Charlotte’s name – Her inspirational spirit and legacy of unconditional love will continue to go on.

Website: https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/give-memory

Zoe's Place

Zoe is the Greek word meaning gift of life, at Zoes Place they believe that life is precious no matter how long it lasts.

Zoes Place is a home from home for babies who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. Zoes Place can take up to six infants at any one time, there is also accommodation and ample facilities for the whole family if these are needed.

They offer palliative and specialist respite care for babies/infants from birth to five years old, and end of life care when it is required. They afford each individual respect and dignity regardless of gender, race, culture, religious beliefs or disability.

My sponsors

I am very grateful for all the “behind the scenes” work done at Teesside University to make this attempt possible, nearly every department in the sport and exercise department has been involved in some way – physiology testing, nutritional advice, technicians, security, sports therapy, psychology and students and staff.

I have been fortunate to gain some product sponsorship:

  • Shoes from HOKA: www.hokaoneone.com
  • Mannatech: www.mannatecheurope.com

    Nutritional supplements from Mannatech (the Glycoslim in particular that is often my main drink while running such events).
  • Electrolyte supplements from Elete: www.eletewater.co.uk
  • Van signwriting Signz:

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