This ultramarathon runner set a horrific treadmill 24-hour world record 5 years ago

This ultramarathon runner set a horrific treadmill 24-hour world record

Move over Forest Gump, there's a new king in town.

Ultramarathon runner Dave Proctor might just be the closest thing to Tom Hanks' famous character in the classic 90s film.

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The Canadian undertook the herculean task of setting a new unofficial world record for the distance ran on a treadmill in 24 hours.

But the long-distance runner didn't just beat the previous record, he absolutely tore it to shreds.

While most of us would be happy just doing a marathon in one day, he completed more than six in one go.

Proctor clocked up a blister-inducing 260.4 km - nearly 162 miles - in front of crowds at the Calgary Marathon Expo.

He looks like he's bloody enjoying it here...

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But afterwards he told the Calgary Herald: “I hate running right now. I don’t want to ever go out for a run.

"That was a terrible choice. That really, really, really hurt.

“But I know that three or four days will pass and I’ll get an itch.”

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To put his monumental feat into context, he could have effectively made it from Manchester to London in the time. Sometimes the Mega Bus can't even do that.

His 24-hour pace was so quick that he beat the previous record by a whole 3km - and if that wasn't enough, he averaged under nine minutes per mile. Just let that sink in for a moment.

The 35-year-old also smashed the 12-hour record by an astonishing 6km having notched up 139.2 km—nearly 87 miles - by the halfway stage.

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Running alongside a team of friends and fellow runners, seven world records fell including team distance and the fastest to 100 km.

The 12-strong team did it to raise money for Canadian families coping with incurable mitochondrial disease. Huge respect.

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