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TransPennine Express manager to run Great North Run for mental health charity

A TransPennine Express (TPE) conductor manager is running the world’s largest half-marathon in celebration of a former colleague and her father – and to raise money for a mental health charity. 

Lucy Kilby from Manchester, is running the Great North Run, a 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields for much-loved TPE colleague Dominic Johns.

Dominic, known as Dom, was a driver manager based at Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street, who died in March 2023.

She is also running to celebrate her late dad, Michael – and aims to raise funds for Andy’s Man Club. The men’s suicide prevention charity offers free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online.  It aims to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation.

Lucy said: “I wanted to do the run to celebrate two great guys and raise some money for a charity that is close to my heart. Both had the most infectious smiles and never knew the impact they had on everyone they met.”

TPE is a supporter of Andy’s Man Club – with the train operator unveiling a specially wrapped train dedicated to the charity last year. The Class 185 train is visible throughout the north, encouraging people to seek help when they need it.

Lucy added: “We need to remove stigma around mental health and Andy’s Man Club do this so well, their work really resonates with me and is something I talk about a lot with my colleagues.

“I am honoured to be running for Andy’s Man Club – it’s the perfect charity for me to support.”

The Great North Run takes place on September 8. Lucy’s fundraising page can be found here

Helen Greaney
Helen Greaney
I'm a journalist with more than 18 years' experience on local, regional and national newspapers, as well as PR and digital marketing. Crime and the courts is my specialist area but I'm also keen to hear your stories concerning Manchester and the greater North West region.
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