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Newry runner chases Guinness World Record

April 24, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Newry marathon runner and triathlon enthusiast, Dermot Mathers, is setting himself another personal challenge this week as he aims to break the Guinness World Record for distance running on a treadmill.  The twelve hour challenge to raise funds for the Southern Area Hospice, will take place in The Quays Shopping Centre on 28th April, beginning at 8am.

Dermot hopes to beat the current official Guinness World Record held by UK man, Malcolm Smith, who managed to run 55.54 miles on a treadmill, back in 2003.

Dedicated Dermot has been training since last October to beat that mileage. Despite having to postpone his challenge due to injuries and surgery to remove a benign lump in his ankle, the determined runner remained undeterred and, indeed, even more motivated to take on his record breaking attempt.  His unfailing determination is typical of a man who sets the bar high for himself at every turn. As an experienced marathon runner and triathlon competitor, Dermot admits he’s always looking to beat his personal best.

“As a marathon runner you try to beat your previous times and I’m always on the look out for the next challenge” the Newry City runner says,

His record breaking treadmill attempt is just the latest in a long line of challenges Dermot has set for himself and he feels that fund raising for a deserving charity like the Southern Hospice gives him added motivation to succeed.  The hospice, he says, is the “perfect charity to do this for, as everyone has some sort of connection with the hospice in Newry.”  He says the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive and his target of £1000 on his justgiving donation webpage has long since been exceeded.  This, he says, is testament to the generosity of local people who always get behind a hospice fundraiser.

There’s ample opportunity for friends and fellow runners to show their support for Dermot on the day too, by sharing in his pain and jumping on the two treadmills set up alongside him! Supporters can run in half hour slots to provide vital motivation and encouragement throughout his gruelling attempt.

The whole event will take place under the watchful eyes of two officials, who will oversee and closely monitor proceedings to ensure that Guinness World record standards and regulations are being adhered to.  The treadmills are officially calibrated and the challenge will be videoed and sent to Guinness World Records for official verification. Dermot explains that he has a team behind him to fully catalogue and witness everything, in order for the challenge to count as an official world record attempt. As he says, “I have all the bases covered, now all I have to do is beat the record!”

Armed with his strength and determination and a huge amount of support, we’re sure this potential record holder will be a bona fide Guinness World Record achiever by 8pm next Saturday night!

Sponsored by The Quays, Gymtech, The Newry Reporter, Newry Sports Physio, AJ Plumbing, KMS Sports and Filmit Studios, Dermot’s Guinness World Record treadmill challenge will begin when his timer officially starts at 8am this Saturday.  Bucket collections will be made on the day for donations and online donations can be sent via Dermot’s justgiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Dermot-Mathers.

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