Two athletes showed a clean pair of heels at yesterday’s Derby Ramathon with blistering finishes and a new world record. Impressive achievements and on a hot day that took its toll on several participants.
Nearly 4,000 runners took part in another successful Derby Ramathon that started and finished at the iPro Stadium, home of Derby FC (‘The Rams’). There was the usual mix of club runners, fun runners and those running for various charities with the two-mile, family fun run (‘Mini Ramathon’) for parents and children.
The standout feature of this year’s race was the possibility of a new world record from Lyndsy James who was aiming to become the fastest woman to complete a half marathon whilst pushing a pram. This 37-year old member of Kimberworth Striders Running Club took on the challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Rotherham Hospice; both of who provided support following the loss of her mother to cancer. Accompanied by her husband and two independent witnesses to ratify her attempt, she pushed her eight-and-a-half-month old baby Archie across the finish line in 1:27:34, smashing the world record by three minutes.
Team James has raised more than £3,000 for their chosen charities.
Stuart Spencer of Notts AC won the 2016 Derby Ramathon in 1:09:01. Joe Rainsford of Heanor Running Club was second in 1:10:36 with Dale Annable of Notts AC coming third in 1:11:21. Gemma Bridge of Oxford City AC claimed the women’s title, crossing the line in 1:19:12. Eleanor Fowler of Nuneaton Harriers was second in 1:20:18 with Sophie Carter of Belgrave Harriers coming third in 1:20:27.
Sadly, the day ended on a sombre note with the death of a 38-year-old runner who collapsed close to the finish. Our sympathies go to his family during this difficult time.