Kelmscott’s Bernadette Benson to have a crack at Guinness World Record with 12-hour treadmill run


Long distance runner Bernadette Benson is going to try and break a Guinness Book of Records result in a charity run on a treadmill for the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
Long distance runner Bernadette Benson is going to try and break a Guinness Book of Records result in a charity run on a treadmill for the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

A KELMSCOTT Hills resident will run for 12 hours on a treadmill to break the Guinness World Record while raising money for the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

The record distance for 12 hours on a treadmill stands at 110km but Bernadette Benson hopes to get to 125km.

Ms Benson is no stranger to running long distances; she holds the Australian record for most kilometres run in 24 hours at 238km.

Mitochondrial Disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fail to produce enough energy for cell or organ function.

She said she was looking forward to the challenge, which involves training of 150km a week.

“My athletics has kind of become a (part) time job,” she said.

The 47-year-old was approached to do the run after finishing the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 mile race in Canada early this year, to be part of a group world record event.

A group of 25 Canadian runners were attempting to tackle multiple Guinness World Records for treadmill running on May 27 and 28 with their female 12-hour runner having pulled out.

Not one to back away from a personal challenge, she decided to give it ago.

The Canadian runners will begin their at the same time as Ms Benson, which will be about 6am this Saturday.

“They have a video feed between both countries and venues and it is happening simultaneously,” she said.

She said she originally got into running around age 30 after she was having trouble keeping weight off and started running out of necessity.

“Then I stumbled across some trail runners and that sound really, really cool,” she said.

“When I started cleaning up my diet everything started clicking. All of a sudden I found I had speed that I never thought I had.

“I have never run a marathon; I just run past it.”

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