Keen runner Lindsy James, from Moorgate, Rotherham, will attempt to break the pram half-marathon world record this June as she lines up at the start of the Ramathon – Derby Half Marathon. Lindsy, 37, will be have her eight month-old son, Archie, in tow, as she attempts to shatter the existing record of 1hr 30mins and 51secs, set in 2001 by the USA’s Nancy Schubring.
After losing her mother, Lynne, to cancer in April last year, Lindsy felt inspired to take on the challenge and raise money for both Macmillan Cancer Support, Ramathon’s official charity partner, and Rotherham Hospice, whose staff and volunteers provided tireless care and compassion to Lynne, Lindsy and her family during this very difficult time. Lindsy will be splitting all funds raised as part of the challenge equally between the two charities.
She said: “I want to achieve this for everyone who is going through cancer and their family and friends.”
A strong runner and member of Kimberworth Striders Running Club, Lindsy currently holds a half-marathon personal best time of 1hr 24secs, and is excited to take on a new type of running challenge. Lindsy has been training hard for the event and her training – with Archie – is now well underway. “He is loving our training runs – it’s when he does his best sleeping,” said Lindsy.
“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.”
The Ramathon team have begun preparations to manage the logistics of the world record attempt, including ensuring that Lindsy’s result can be verified in accordance with Guinness World Records’ rules and regulations.
Ramathon event co-ordinator Emma Evans said, “The Ramathon Team is both in awe of Lindsy for taking on such a daring challenge and extremely excited about the potential for the Ramathon to witness a world record being broken! It is wonderful that these charities will benefit from Lindsy’s efforts.”