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Former soldier smashes world treadmill record

Mike Buss, a former soldier, has run into the record books by covering more   than 500 miles in a week on a treadmill.

Mr Buss broke the previous record of 468 miles in seven days on Friday – his   sixth day of running.

By the deadline of noon on Saturday he had reached 517.25 miles, smashing the   record set last summer by fellow ex-soldier Lee Chamberlain.

Mr Buss, 35, from Highworth, in Swindon, has been running three marathons a day on the treadmill at the Brunel Shopping Centre in the town.

He has had only two hours sleep a day with brief breaks for food and a   massage.

The former Army physical training instructor has been burning around 11,000   calories a day and as he only takes in around 3,500 calories he has lost   eight and a half pounds in weight.

Mr Buss has been running between 3.7 miles an hour and six miles an hour and   has lost two toenails during the challenge.

He is raising money for the charity Help   For Heroes, which assists injured British servicemen and their   families, and hopes to raise £100,000 by Christmas and £1m by 2014.

He has been supported by soldiers from 29 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps,   based at South Cerney, Gloucestershire, who have served in Iraq and   Afghanistan.

Also supporting Mr Buss was Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher who was awarded   the George Cross after throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of   his comrades in Afghanistan in February 2008.

Mr Buss, who has held countless other fitness world records, said he planned   to take it easy for the rest of the day before getting back into his fitness   regime.

”I was always looking at hitting the 500 mark so to go 17 miles further is   brilliant,” he said.

”I’ve lost two toenails, my legs are aching and the arches of my feet are   painful after hitting the treadmill for more than 20 hours a day but I feel   good.

”What kept me going was the guys from 29 Regiment who really motivated me and   kept my mind off the pain.

”I wanted to use my abilities as an endurance athlete to raise as much money   as possible.

”I’m going home to have a bath, then have beef stew for dinner and chill out   for the rest of the day.

”But I’ll do a light run on Monday and Tuesday and do six miles on Wednesday   before getting back into the pool on Thursday.”




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