Doncaster pair race against steam train for charity

Lindsy James and Andy Lockwood.
Lindsy James and Andy Lockwood.

Two Doncaster fitness fantatics are letting off steam and keeping on track for a very worthy cause.

But 36-year-old Lindsy James and 29-year-old Andy Lockwood’s engines will have to be powering at full strength - to take on their exerting challenge racing against a steam train!

The pair, who are director and assistant director respectively of Active Fusion, and education and school sport organisation based at Rossington All Saints Academy, are raising money for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

The charity is one which is close to their hearts as Andy’s wife Jen, aged 31, has been battling with Hodgkins Lymphoma for three years and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

Their challenge is called Race the Train and is held in the small Welsh seaside town of Tywyn, involving running 14 miles cross-country in the hope of not just catching a train, but actually beating it.

To beat the train the duo will have to run the undulating 14 miles faster than the one hour and 48 minutes that the train takes to cover the same distance – no small feat considering only 10 to 20 per cent of entrants will be successful.

Lindsy explained: “The course covers public roads, fields, rough pasture and farm tracks and, in order to beat the train, runners must keep up a steady pace of about eight miles an hour.

“The train makes several stops and there’s a turnaround point with a 10-minute break, which gives runners a chance to catch up or even overtake.”

Organised by the local Tywyn Rotary Club, in the first race in 1984, just 46 runners were on the start line.

Thirty years on, the event attracts 1,100 entrants.

It is just the first of many challenges Lindsy and Andy will be undertaking to raise money for Sheffield’s Hospitals Charity.

Also in the pipeline, next month the pair will cycle from Liverpool to Leeds, a total of 127 miles.

That will then be followed by running the Wakefield Wheel in October, which covers a total of 35 miles.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the pair’s efforts can do so by visiting their charity page at