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by Press Release
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Athlete news: On Friday 6th March, Watford-born Ultra Runner, Gemma Carter will attempt to become the fastest female to complete 50 km on a treadmill

Gemma Carter wrote herself into the hearts of the Run247 team with her fantastic description of 'A baboon on the mountain' when she reported from the 2014 Mont Blanc Marathon and Skyrunning World championships(HERE). We wish her good luck with Friday's world record attempt!

On Friday 6th March, Watford-born Ultra Runner, Gemma Carter will attempt to become the fastest female to complete 50 km on a treadmill

Photos: Gemma recently won the Downslink Ultra. She is an experienced runner, having completed in excess of 20 marathons

The challenge is an official Guinness World Record attempt, taking place at The Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP), on Harley Street in London, where her support team are based.

As a Guinness World Record attempt, the challenge has to be completed under official rules, with two time keepers and two witnesses, as well as video footage, and will be undertaken in CHHP’s Performance Lab. The challenge has been attempted previously but Guinness did not record the time officially. The unofficial time to beat is 4:00:00.

Originally from Watford and now based in West London, Gemma, 28, is a qualified running coach and an experienced runner, having completed in excess of 20 marathons. At 23, Gemma completed her first Ultramarathon and was the first female to finish. Her expertise now lies in Ultramarathon running and endurance races, competing in races involving 40 to 100 mile distances.

Gemma, whose passion for sport came naturally, growing up in a family who competed nationally in athletics and taekwondo, was inspired to take on the challenge when she saw friend and fellow Ultra Runner, Paul Navesey complete a similar challenge on a treadmill:

“I did some research and realised that other women had attempted the female 50km challenge but no one had got the official Guinness World Record time, which was a real incentive to give it a go.

What really interested me wasn’t the physical challenge of completing 50km in less than 4 hours, but the mental side of non-stop running on a treadmill at intensity. It brings other aspects into consideration that normal Ultra Races don't; it will test my mental focus and toughness. I have been preparing by doing 2 to 3 hour-long treadmill runs, just staring at a blank wall, to practice dealing with the boredom and mental side of it!

Gemma started working with the CHHP Performance Team two years ago, when she was looking at improving her running and athletic performance:

“Since I started working with CHHP they have given me the support and encouragement to fulfill my goals and dreams. They have helped in every way and have been right beside me at each stage while my progress has improved month after month, race after race. ”

It seems to be working; Gemma recently won the Downslink Ultra, a gruelling 38-mile trail run, but according to Professor Greg Whyte, Director of Performance at CHHP, a physical activity expert and world-renowned Sport Scientist, the challenge will test her to the limit:

“There is nothing more boring than running on a treadmill! But imagine attempting to break the World Record for running 50 km on that same treadmill. Gemma will have to average over 12.5 km per hour if she is to break the 4-hour barrier, a truly enormous task under brutal physical, psychological and environmental conditions. Gemma is a seriously tough competitor who has the physical and psychological ability to achieve success but it is not a foregone conclusion; this is a seriously tough record to break.”

The CHHP Performance Team offers performance optimization to anyone, from elite athletes, to those attempting their first marathon, providing technical assessment and bespoke training plans. Their state-of-the-art equipment allows detailed analysis of every aspect of performance, from lung function to movement mechanics. Combined with world-leading expertise and unparalleled experience, the team provides the most comprehensive assessment of performance to help clients achieve their goals.

CHHP have worked closely with Comic Relief and Sport Relief for many years and welcome donations to Comic Relief to show your support for Gemma’s challenge. Please contact CHHP to make a donation: www.chhp.com

For updates on Gemma’s Guinness World Record attempt, follow CHHP on Twitter: @chhplondon


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World record Treadmill 50k

by Felfairy
23:00, Thursday 5th March 2015
I'm sure Gemma will do great, here's the latest record for the female 50k http://www.recordholders.org/en/list/treadmill.html
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