Lemoncello breaks world record

British 10,000m champion Andrew Lemoncello smashes world treadmill half marathon record in charity challenge

Andrew Lemoncello

Scottish international marathoner Andrew Lemoncello shaved well over a minute off the world treadmill half marathon record on Sunday, raising vital funds for charity in the process.

The British 10,000m champion clocked 67:29 over 13.1 miles at Chandler Fashion Mall near where he lives in Phoenix, Arizona, successfully beating his target of 68:50 set by American marathoner and ultra-runner Mike Wardian earlier this year.

“1:07:29! New world record!” tweeted Lemoncello following his success. “I got a stitch at 4.5 miles so had to do slow the pace down but thrilled to still get the record,” he later added.

His goal, as well as writing his name into the record books, was to raise money and awareness for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) after his daughter, Isla, was born with Down Syndrome in June.

With a road best of 63:00 on a marginally downhill course, the record had looked well within the grasp of the 30-year-old, especially as running on a treadmill is usually seen as easier at a given pace than running on the roads.

Despite suffering a stitch, Lemoncello was 50 seconds ahead of pace at mile 10, which he increased to 60 seconds by the 12 mile-mark.

With the world treadmill half marathon record not recognised by the Guinness World Records, 68:50 appeared to be the nearest there had been to an official record.

Some world treadmill records are recognised by the Guinness World Records, however, with the fastest 100km of 7:21:40 held by Arulanantham Suresh Joachim and the furthest run in 12 hours being 101.4km by Dermot Mathers. The furthest run in 24 hours is 257.88km, also set by Joachim, while the furthest run in one week was recorded at 822.31km by Pierre-Michael Micaletti.

A total of $2411.35 was raised for NDSS by the event on the day, with $27,099 the overall figure raised through Lemoncello’s treadmill challenge at the time of publication. The Scots’ initial fundraising target had been $10,000, a figure that has since been revised to $30,000.

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