Over 3 hours on a treadmill is mindboggling enough, but when you add in the fact that he ran 50k, it is, quite frankly, astounding. 10 back-to-back 18:35 parkruns and the only time he broke a sweat was during the warm-up when someone cranked the treadmill up to 16.1 miles per hour rather than 16.1 km per hour by mistake.
And though Paul was the star of the show, the supporting cast were a fairly impressive bunch too. James Elson, Abdi Dhuhulow, Richard Ashton, Robbie Britton, Mark Perkins and Chris Mills all took turns “pacing” Paul, running on the neighbouring treadmill and offering insults and other ultra-running-community-approved moral support.
As a display of running prowess, it was phenomenal. As an example of the camaraderie of ultra-runners, it was (how to put this without sounding overly gushing?) not bad at all.