Ex-soldier Mike Buss, 35, ran 517.3 miles (832.4km) on a treadmill at the Brunel Shopping Centre,beating the previous record of 468 miles.Mr Buss has been running on the treadmill for 20 out of every 24 hours.He said he was aiming to break 20 world records every year and raise £1m for the Help for Heroes charity.
This is now the fourth time his name appears in the Guinness Book of World Records after continuous cycling, running with a kit bag and running in a chemical warfare suit.
Mike, 35, said: “I feel brilliant – it was the biggest world record I was going for this year.
“It was the toughest challenge I’ve ever done and is the toughest world record in the book. I don’t think there’s any other endurance world record that comes close to that one. The crowd’s support was fantastic. They came out in all weathers to cheer me on and donate money for charity and it gave me the buzz to carry on.”
Mike added: “I’m actually feeling all right. I do recover very quickly. When my body cools down I will end up getting stiff muscles so I’ll have a massage to prevent that as much as possible.
“I’m looking forward to a bit of stew which is on the go and get back into as much of a normal routine as possible.
“I’ll be in light training today and be back into full training by Friday.”
Mike is now on a mission to break 20 world endurance records in just 12 months – a feat that has never been achieved before.
One of the faces in the crowd supporting Mike was Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher from Solihull in the West Midlands.
In February last year he hit the national headlines after his quick-thinking saved his companions from certain death in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
He triggered a trip wire dropped to the ground and covered a grenade with his rucksack. He was blown into the air and the backpack was shredded, but he survived.
Matt was later awarded The George Cross – one of the highest military decorations for acts of gallantry. There are currently only 19 living recipients in the country.