Allcooper is delighted to be supporting Gloucester's own real-life superhero, Jamie McDonald, with his latest World Record attempt.
We will be supplying Jamie and his team with a Video Solution, which will record every second of this incredible and exhausting challenge. It is the second time we have had the pleasure of supporting Jamie with a World Record attempt, the last time being when he broke the World Record for time spent static cycling in 2012. His record still stands at 268 hours, 32 minutes, 44 seconds... Phew!
Read the full Press Release below!
32-year-old World Record Holder and Pride of Britain Award-winner Jamie McDonald, AKA Adventureman, will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for ‘the greatest distance covered on a treadmill within one week’, in his hometown of Gloucester from 29th April 2019.
‘Adventureman’ recently finished his 5,500 mile, 210 marathon coast-to-coast fundraising run across the United States and raised more than £162,000/$210,000 for sick kids. The fundraising adventurer, who has a rare spinal condition that kept him in and out of hospital as a child, has raised more than $1m for sick kids over the last five years, and hopes to encourage further donations as part of a World Record attempt.
Jamie’s headline-grabbing coast-to-coast run across Canada in 2014, which spawned a #1 best-selling travel book, raised more than $500,000 alone.
32-year-old Jamie McDonald has just finished his 5,500 mile, 210 marathon coast-to-coast run across America to raise money for sick kids - welcomed into his finishing point of Gloucester, Massachusetts with police escorts and many hundreds of children and adults dressed as superheroes - but now he’s getting ready for his next adventure; a World Record attempt.
What: A sanctioned and approved Guinness World Record attempt for ‘the greatest distance covered on a treadmill within one week’
When: From 1pm, Monday 29th April 2019 - 1pm, Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019 (Jamie will be back in the UK in mid-April, and then preparing for and helping to organise the challenge)
Where: Pillar and Lucy Square, Merchants’ Road, Gloucester Quays
Current record: The greatest distance run on a treadmill in one week is 513.97 miles (827.16km) and was achieved by Marcio Villar (Brazil) at the Américas Shopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 28 June to 4 July 2015
The Official World Record Guidelines for this challenge
Jamie, from Gloucester, England, spent the first nine years of his life in and out of hospital with a rare spinal condition; syringomyelia. Combined with a very weak immune system and epilepsy, Jamie’s health was very poor - his family feared he might lose his mobility altogether. At nine years old, and against the odds, his symptoms eased, allowing Jamie to slowly become more active.
On the 10th April 2018, Jamie began his second coast-to-coast journey solo and without a support crew at the westernmost point of the United States - Cape Alava in Washington and finished on 27th March 2019 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Jamie ran as his alter-ego Adventureman, in just one specially-made superhero costume designed by young supporter Conner Reddy, then just 10 years old.
Jamie’s global goal is to ensure no child goes without treatment they need but can’t access or afford. He has been raising money for hospitals in each state he runs through, as well as the registered charity he co-founded and volunteers his time for, Superhero Foundation. It grants money to families for treatment they might not otherwise be able to have or afford, having helped fundraise and grant more than £300,000.
In December 2012, Jamie broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘longest marathon static cycle’, cycling in place for more than eleven days. More about that record can be found here.
Supporters around the world can easily donate here: https://www.superherofoundation.org/donate/
Jamie McDonald said: “For this record, I will need to run more than 73 miles a day for seven days to even equal the current record. The equivalent of three marathons a day for a week is terrifying, but I’ll never be in better shape to try after my American adventure.
“I’ve run through freezing rainforest downpours and the Arizona desert summer. I’ve been caught up in a freak flood that devastated a town, camped in places surrounded by bears, cougars, mountain lions, spiders and snakes - if I didn’t have video proof even I’m not sure I’d believe me! – and I’ve listened to some heart-breaking stories from the children I’ve met in hospitals over the last five thousand miles. But each injury and each twist and turn has only made me stronger and more determined that I can do this World Record.”
He continued: “I’m excited to attempt this record and I’m really hoping that I can smash it. I know that I’ll have a lot of support around me the entire time, especially with it being done in my hometown, so I’d hate to let anyone down.
“All I can ask is, please do keep donating. My fundraising goal for my US run was $1m, and although we’re some way off that right now, I’m still holding out hope we can get closer to it! Please keep sharing, and please keep believing that we can make the world a better place for sick kids everywhere.”