Yesterday, August 17th 2013 'Race The Train' in Tywyn celebrated its thirtieth year. I thought the event deserved a post on Travel Tales as runners had travelled from far and wide to take part in this fun series of races against a steam train from theTalyllyn Railway.
Organised by Tywyn Rotary Club the race raises money for charity and this year it was for Action for Children a national charity that supports vulnerable and neglected children in communities across the UK. The original idea that local dentist Godfrey Worsey had for the race has gone from strength to strength, since that first event thirty years ago with just about 48 runners. This year the main race of 14 miles (23km) had a field of at least 1,000 runners, with a total number of entries overall for the day touching 1600 it was a record year for entries, a number which I think is pretty impressive.
The full race of 14 miles (23 km) is from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and back. The course is mostly over public footpaths and local privately owned farmland, with the permission of the landowners, though the first and last sections are on public roads.
Additionally, there are shorter races in the morning, as follows:
- Quarry Challenge - 6.2 miles (10.0 km) from Quarry Siding Halt to Tywyn.
- Dolgoch Challenge - 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from Dolgoch to Tywyn.
- Tynllwynhen Challenge - 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from Tynllwynhen Halt to Tywyn
A video of the start of the race can be viewed on the Love Tywyn - Facebook Page
As a newcomer to Tywyn it was great fun to be able to help at Race The Train yesterday. Unfortunately the weather did get progressively worse during the day and by the end of the afternoon everyone was absolutely drenched.
I would like to extend my Congratulations to everyone that took part. I was helping on the finish line and it was a real pleasure to meet all the amazing people. In the morning I was one of a team giving out the goody bags that every runner receives at the end of the race containing their souvenir t-shirts and medals for taking part. In the afternoon for the main event I was even closer to the finish giving out water and directing the runners to the collection point for their goody bags. I have great admiration for each and every one of those runners that crossed the finish line yesterday. Well Done.
As I was helping at the event I did not have much opportunity for photography! During my lunch break I did take a few general ones, including managing to catch the start of the main race. Also whipped my camera out to capture the first man home, I think I am correct in saying it was Andy Jones, full results and times if interested can be viewed on the Website - Race Results 2013 page.
I have shared a selection of the photos I managed to capture with the little Panasonic I had in my pocket, just to give you an idea of the atmosphere as generally rather disappointing. Plenty of great shots all over the web though if you follow some of the links listed below.
The start of the main race.
Activities for non- runners.
First man home - Andy Jones - Crosses The Finish Line
Commemorative T-Shirts I was privileged to be given one to wear while helping at the event.
The Medal Received by the Runners
This link will take you to a Video of Start of Race The Train 2013
Map of Talyllyn railway courtesy of Wikipedia
With thanks to the following links for information contained in this post.
Tywyn Rotary Club - Facebook Page Love Tywyn - Facebook Page Wikipedia - Race the Train
Talyllyn Railway Race The Train - Official Website
Entry for 'Race The Train ' 2014 is already open, details can be found here
All photos are my own taken in August 2013.
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The full set of photos may also be viewed individually in my album entitled