This summer’s Ramathon in Derby will see Lindsy James aim to set a new world record time for completing a half marathon while pushing a pram. James, a member of Kimberworth Striders Running Club, is out to beat 1:30:51, and, with a PB of 1:24:47 (although minus pram) certainly looks likely to challenge the current record.
The Ramathon, organised for Sunday 5 June, is an event growing in popularity with 4,000 runners competing in last year’s race. Part of this popularity has been down to the course, which, with a thrilling start and finish at the iPro Stadium, and a seriously flat profile throughout, has become a major point of attraction for competitors.
James will be looking to take full advantage of the Ramathon’s speedy course in June and, as part of the preparations, organisers of the event have already started considering the logistics of the challenge to ensure it complies with the rules and regulations for a world record attempt. An avid runner, James purchased a specially modified pram after the birth of her son Archie in September last year to ensure she could return to training as soon as possible.
A further source of motivation will be her commitment to raising funds for both Macmillan Cancer Support and Rotherham Hospice. James lost her mother to cancer in April and wants to pay tribute to wonderful team of staff and volunteers.
Looking ahead to her challenge, James commented: “I want to achieve this for everyone who is going through cancer and their family and friends. I’m excited and apprehensive as I’ll need to be stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been before as well as improving my buggy navigational skills. Archie will be nearly 9 months and at least a stone by race day. He is loving our training runs – it’s when he does his best sleeping”!