Press Release

04 December 2014

PhD student and University Instructor in the School of Human and Life Sciences, Phil Anthony, has just broken the world record for the fastest 100km run on a treadmill, completing the distance in 6 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

The new record, made on 3 December, beats the current record by 41 minutes and was the first time Phil has ever run the whole distance.

Phil Anthony with family and running coach, Peter Mullervy, after breaking the record
Phil Anthony with family and running coach, Peter Mullervy, after breaking the record

Phil said: “I am absolutely over moon with managing to break the world record.  I found this to be one of the toughest challenges I have faced so far both mentally and physically and I really don’t think this would have been possible without the help and support that I received from everyone at Canterbury Christ Church University throughout.  

“There are so many people to thank for this but I would above all like to thank my wife Anna who not only helped me during the event but in the months leading up both this attempt.”

Phil has been preparing himself physically and mentally throughout his whole athletic career, slowly building up his distances from 10km to 50km and now 100km, in order to claim the world title, which was last claimed 10 years ago this year.

The previous record was held by Australian male, Arulanantham Suresh Joachim, who completed the distance in seven hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds, in 2004.

In November last year, Phil graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a First Class Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science whilst also working for the University’s SportsLab as a Lab Technician. Phil is also undertaking a PhD investigating the physiological mechanisms associated with running performance.

More recently, Phil spent four weeks in a prestigious training camp in Kenya, used by world class athlete Mo Farah, to improve his training by running at high-altitude. He has since won the silver medal at the World 50km Running championships in Doha at the beginning of the month.

Watch Phil break the record here:

For any interview, photography or filming requests please contact Holly Finch, Assistant Media Relations Officer at Canterbury Christ Church University, 01227 863528,

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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