This November Guinness World Record Holder and ultra distance runner Lee Chamberlain, formerly of Spalding, Lincolnshire but now living in Bracknell, Berkshire with his wife Trudy and 3 step children Alex, Lewis and Renee will be attempting to run from John O’Groats to Lands End.
Lee plans to run the 850 mile trip in a world record time of 9 days. That’s the equivalent of 33 marathons back to back. With the help of friends including Steve Adams from GoBeyond Ultra, Lee will be setting off from John O’Groats on the 31st October. Followed by a motor home and support crew, Lee will be running and walking for 20+ hours per day trying to cover an average distance of 95 miles every 24 hours; stopping for only a few hours each day in the motor home for some rest and massages. Set mainly on A roads to achieve the quickest route, he will be accompanied by a team of cyclists to provide safety, company and support along the way.
Lee, formerly a member of the Royal Electrical Engineers, and now a Police Officer in Surrey has had several long distance running challenges which to date have all been on the treadmill, where in 2009 in Camberley, Surrey he ran 468 miles in 7 days and became an official Guinness Record Holder. Always looking for the next challenge he said “I’m not a dedicated runner, its just something I enjoy and I’m fairly good at, after the treadmill attempts it was time to get out onto the roads and the challenge of running the entire UK seemed the next logical step in my mad mind, although this is going to be one of the toughest challenges I will ever face I think”
Lee has raised over £12,500 for various charities via his ultra running events and hopes that this next challenge will take him over the £15,000 mark. This year he is raising money for Teach Africa which helps fund the secondary education of children in the slums of Nairobi.
With 4 months left to go Lee is getting prepared, both physically and mentally, and said “This is going to be an epic adventure with many highs and lows. Along with my support crew and Steve from Go Beyond I’d like to thank Asics, Buff, The Crewroom, Gibbons Cycles and Living well Gyms for all their help and support. Together with them, volunteers for my support crew and my family I’m really looking forward to this challenge and adventure.”
If you wish to find out more, contact or sponsor Lee please visit his website www.leechamberlain.co.uk.