Race the Train

Race the Train, Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales

Race the Train, Tywyn is a unique event and is a must for all multi - terrain runners. Many competitors return regularly to try and better their performance or just beat that train while others have run nearly every year since the races started.

Most serious runners have heard about it either from their friends, TV, or the press so if you havent already competed perhaps this year is the time to attempt it. These events also give you the additional challenge of not only racing your fellow competitors but also the Train.

Having been televised world-wide on several occasions we have attracted many runners from abroad coming from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, America, Hong Kong, Africa etc.

Race the Train takes place alongside as far as practicable the route taken by the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back. In order to do this all courses use a mixture of public roads, lanes, un-metalled roads, tracks, agricultural land, and rough grazing pastures. The terrain varies all the time and can be very wet & muddy in places, the routes also ascend and descend quite steep terrain and runs on narrow footpaths with little chance of overtaking.

Often the Train, or for many runners the track, is just over the fence and in many places if you coincide with the train your family friends, if they are on the train, will be able to shout encouragement to you.

This years Race the Train is its 36th Annual Race and takes place on Saturday 17th August 2019!

New for this Year...

New train for Dolgoch runners:-
We are introducing an additional train for Dolgoch runners only. This will leave at 10.30am and runners will disembark at Dolgoch station. This will mean that there is a shorter wating time at Dolgoch.

Beat the course record: -
We are giving a cash prize for breaking the course record for the Rotary Challenge. There is a prize for both men & women.

The prize fund started at £100 and is incremented each year it is not broken by £100 up to a maximum of £500 each.

Mens Record 1.18.15 prize total £500 not beaten for 6 years
Womens Record 1.34.20 prize total £400 beaten in 2014


Official Charity for Race The Train 2019: -
If you want to run and raise money for Blind Veterans please tick the box on the entry form and they will contact you.

Race start times: -
The Quarry Challenge will start at 11.15am
The Dolgoch & Tynllwynhen Challenges will start at 11.20am

Evening Event: -
We hold the prize giving during the evening. There is food and refreshments, a bar and entertainment suitable for the children amongst us . This finishes at 11.00pm prompt as most people are tired, especially us, and wish to go to bed by then.

The evening event is by invitation only, there is no charge but we are prevented by the terms of our licence to allow you to bring your own food and drink on to the field and into the tent.


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