Swindon runner to attempt world record for local charity

By Anita Jaynes on 29 September, 2020

This November, local Swindon runner Chelle White will be embarking on an ambitious running challenge to raise money and awareness for local charity Doing it for Dan. 

She will be attempting to break not only the Official Guinness Female World Record but also the overall Guinness World Record for the most miles covered on a treadmill in 48 hours (the current female record is 200.7 miles and the male and overall record is 251.79 miles). If she succeeds, this will be a new Official Guinness World Record.

The 48-hour challenge is taking place on Friday 20th November at Anytime Fitness gym in Old Town, Swindon. 

Additionally – to coincide with Chelle’s World Record Attempt – Doing it for Dan is inviting people to take part in their own personal 48 challenge by registering for its virtual event MY48 which will be running throughout November. 

Founder and Trustee of Doing it for Dan, Helen Hancock explained, “to show support for Chelle we would love people to get involved in MY48 and register to take part in their own MY48 challenge. To be clear we are not expecting anyone to run for 48 hours like Chelle! A MY48 challenge could be to run for 48 minutes, to do 48 keepy-uppies or press ups each day of November or to cycle for 48 miles. We are so proud and incredibly grateful to Chelle for undertaking her amazing 48 challenge, particularly given the impact that Covid-19 has had on our ability to fundraise this year.”

To prepare for the challenge, Chelle has been undergoing a gruelling training programme and has been receiving help from a number of local fitness professionals.

Chelle said, “My reason for doing this is to show people that no matter who you are or your background, you can do what you want with determination and passion. 48 hours is a long time but rather short in the scheme of a lifetime that we have to make a difference in this world, which is why I wanted to do this for charity and specifically for Doing it for Dan as it’s a fab charity that enables children to achieve their potential in sport where it is their passion.”

The charity was set up in memory of Daniel Climance and gives grants to clubs, organisations and families based in Wiltshire and its neighbouring counties to pay for sports equipment, kit and other associated costs to enable children to take part in sporting activities. 

To register for MY48 and be part of an official Guinness world record breaking month to remember go to: doingitfordan.enthuse.com/cf/my48

Pictured above: Helen Hancock, Founder and Trustee of Doing it for Dan; Danny Clayton of DC Injury Clinic; Chelle White (centre); Tom Edmonds, General Manager of Anytime Fitness Swindon