Lee Benecke last night made himself the biggest star Kings Cross commuters have seen, annihilating the field in the mixed 100m train dash, running 9.69sec to beat the field to the 17:55 train to Leeds.
Due to events at Olympic Park, all trains out of Kings Cross were subject to delays. That made seats a prized commodity and the beardy 29-year-old Yorkshireman put in a stellar performance to secure not only a seat but also a table and plug point.
Benecke was laughing as he crossed the train’s threshold, with Doncaster-based Dorothy Smith grabbing silver and an average seat near the toilets. “I’ve been training all day for this moment,” he said. “I was never going to be beaten”.
Next weekend, Benecke will return to the concourse as he competes in the 200m Piccadilly Line sprint race. On tonight’s evidence, there is no one in London who can stop him.