Irishwoman Sinead Kane has just achieved her second Guinness World Records title, after running a staggering 130.50 km (81.09 miles) – around the equivalent of three marathons – on a treadmill.
The 35-year-old athlete broke the previous record for the Greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours (female) by 1.88 km.
Sinead is legally blind as she only has 5% vision. She has a form of visual impairment called snow blindness – she was born without irises so her eyes let in too much light – which means she sees whiteness rather than darkness.
She wanted to attempt this record to challenge preconceptions about disabilities.
The attempt took place in The Clayton Hotel Gym, with her ultra-runner coach John O’Regan there to cheer her on. John has been working with Sinead for years and was the person who encouraged her to go for this tough endurance challenge.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank was on hand to officiate the attempt and members of Allianz Ireland were also there, as Sinead is working with the car insurance company on an advertising campaign.
In 2017, Sinead became the First blind female to complete a marathon on each continent, after completing seven marathons on seven continents, within seven days.
The first of these marathons was Antarctica and the feat came to an end 6 days 9 hours and 25 minutes later in Sydney, Australia.
As well as being a two-time Guinness World Records title holder, the inspirational woman can also boast two PhD doctorates, she is a certified mediator, writer with the Irish Criminal Law Journal, qualified solicitor and motivational speaker.