Great Western Railway director’s push-ups on a train at 125mph

When it comes to speedy push-ups, Great Western Railway director Barry Milson may well take some beating.

Barry, 51, from Swindon, completed a round of push-ups in electric fashion – travelling at 125mph on a GWR service from London Paddington to Carmarthen.

Projects director Barry is participating in Cancer Research’s 100 Push-ups a Day April Challenge in memory of those close to him who have passed away from bowel cancer.

Barry's mum

He was just three years old when his mum, Joan, pictured, passed away aged 31. His best friend David Baughn died in 2018 and GWR colleague Trish Daly passed away last year.

Barry said:

“Cancer has already, or will at some point, impact us all. I am remembering my mum and those friends I have lost to cancer every day I complete the April challenge.

“I’ve seen at first-hand all the work that Cancer Research does and even if everyone donates £1, it could make the world of difference to millions. I like to keep fit anyway and this seemed the perfect cause.”

As well as doing push-ups at 125mph on a train, Barry also completed his challenge with some push-ups at Reading Train Care Depot and outside Reading station.

Barry’s fundraising page is

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Notes to editors

First Greater Western Limited, trading as “Great Western Railway” (GWR), operates trains across the Great Western franchise area, which includes South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, across southern England and into London. GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, and before the covid-19 pandemic helped over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year. GWR has been awarded a National Rail Contract to continue operating the Great Western network, which shall run up to 21 June 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the Secretary of State’s discretion. Find out more here: