Guinness World-Record Attempt: Athlete Emma Timmis to Run 7 Days Straight on a Treadmill

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jun 07, 2024 |

Christchurch trail runner and three-time Guinness World Record Holder, Emma Timmis, is gearing up for her next challenge.

On Sunday, Emma will attempt to break the current record of 833km by running on a treadmill for 7 days at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub in Christchurch.

Emma’s raising awareness and funds for the Speed Freaks Trust, a charity supporting recovery from addiction and mental distress through running, walking  and community.

It was formed in 2021 by social worker Anna Christophorou.

The trust’s programme is delivered nationally, through treatment providers and directly in the community and their impact has been recognised by Parkrun New Zealand, who they have a strategic partnership.

The 7-day challenge will kick off at 9am and continue until 16 June, with live streaming on YouTube for spectators worldwide.

The community of “Speed Freaks” runners, coaches, residential service providers and other VIPs will join Emma during her epic challenge to demonstrate the power of health and wellbeing,  inclusion, and connection.

Those wishing to support Emma and the Speed Freaks Trust can participate by setting their own walking and running challenge.

Those in Christchurch are welcome to book an attendance, follow the action on YouTube and engage with the hashtag #7daytreadyrecord.

To contribute to this impactful charity, donate or set up your fundraising challenge, visit the Raisely page at

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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