Race the Train 2013

30 year of Race the Train. Can you take on the challenge?

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20/09/2012 at 22:38
Hi All,

This is my first post on the forum... I've looked at this a few times now and looks fantastic????. Does anyone know how long the train takes? Will be looking to book this for 2013.
20/09/2012 at 23:09

The train takes about 1h47m.  My 1/2 Mara PB is 1h35 (set in April), but this took 2h2m - it's hard.

21/09/2012 at 06:58

ive done the race 8 times and the closest i got was about 1hr;50, im over 2 hours theres days, but never mind its a great run to do. its in my top 5.

Edited: 21/09/2012 at 06:58
21/09/2012 at 08:16

You need to be capable of running I would say a sub 1:25 half to be in with a chance of beating it, I have a 1/2 PB of 1:33 and I have yet to do it (5/6mins outside at best).  You also need to be a good XC runner to stand a realistic chance of beating the first train as the terrain is tough!  But forget the train (most of us have to!) this is a really fantastic race, not many races that beat it in terms of organisation, crowd support, scenery and a great bunch of people to run with!

21/09/2012 at 09:01

agree with that laudy, great day great run, and scenery, just enjoy the experience, i hope they keep this race going for years to come, it must bring a lot of much needed money into the area.

22/11/2012 at 22:48

I'm in, can anyone recommend a place to stay as thinking of making a long weekend of it?

03/01/2013 at 17:05

Google Tywyn and look for B&B's or camp sites.Thete are several near to the start/finish area, only 10 minutes walk.
08/01/2013 at 02:17

Course I'l be there.....Will be number 4 for me....

08/01/2013 at 12:35

Good to see many of you will be back on the 17th August for the 30th anniversary of Race the Train.

Many thanks to all of you who ranked the 2012 race. RW readers ranked it as number 1 most scenic event in the UK.Many thanks, you commets and rankings do matter to us.

For details on entries for 2013 go to www.racethetrain.co.uk  Also why not run for our offical race charitys Action for Children.

See you on August the 17th

09/01/2013 at 22:21

Thx George, I think I'm sorted with a B&B.  Looking forward to it.

Blisters    pirate
10/01/2013 at 23:21

17th August


Cheap beer


Steam trains

Local ice cream

Pretty sheep

I should keep quiet about the generous prizes that were awarded the last time I ran, George may know more about that. More likely those are the sort of things that only come together in the final few weeks.

17/01/2013 at 01:50

Hell yeah Blisters! I love that beer tent party!

My video from last year....I asked the DJ to start this Congo! This year we are Congo-ing out of the tent.....round the town....& down to the BEACH!!!! 

Race the Train..... Beer tent!!

17/01/2013 at 01:51

Can never get links to work on here....  You have to copy & paste them.... 

19/01/2013 at 13:20
We need a lead doctor for this years race an the 17th August.. Is there anyone out there who can help out? The lead daoctor will co-ordinate the main medical HQ on the finish line fot both the morning and afternoon races. Can any one HELP OUT? If so please get in touch ASAP on www.racethetrain.co.uk

Many Thanks
George Watson
Race Director
19/01/2013 at 16:10

Ive heard about this event .......when I asked about where it was he said it was somewhere where men are men and the sheep are scared.


19/01/2013 at 16:43
Well if we don't get a lead doctor, men will still be men , but the sheep won't be scared as they will hsve a peacfull summer.
26/03/2013 at 12:32

As a native of Brum i have spent many weeks in this part of the country and always think about doing this event.

I know the area well, and the comments above make me think that this is as tough as I assume. Would it be a really stupid idea to attempt this as my last long run 1 week before a debut marathon?

26/03/2013 at 20:37

Probably!!!  Its 14ish miles and they are 14 tough miles!!!  Is the marathon road or offroad ???  Depends what you are hoping to achieve from the marathon, if your going for a time and racing it hard then racing the wkd before isn't usually recommended.  However, Race the Train is a cracking race, so you could always give the marathon a miss and do this instead



Edited: 26/03/2013 at 20:39
29/03/2013 at 19:22

The Joust 24 hour ultra gor rearranged for this date, after I entered for June 29/30.

I have deferred to next year as RTT comes first! 

10/05/2013 at 04:42

Tuesday May 14th, 8.00pm ITV1 Caroline Quinten's programme on National Parks. This week's programme is in Snowdonia and covers a feature on the 2012 Race the Train Quarry Challenge 10K. Keep an eye out for it and let's hoe the coverage attracts a few more runners!! For entry details on the 2013 race go to www.racethetrain.co.uk

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