RACE THE TRAIN
written by Paul Barrett
The annual pilgrimage to the west coast of Wales for this year’s Race the Train took place at the weekend, with 12 runners participating in the 14 mile race and one for the 10k event. The event, which takes place in Tywyn, consists of different races over a variety of distances under one theme, the competitor is racing against a stream train. The train travels up and down the valley which the race goes, stopping at several stations, and the objective is to beat it.
Although spirits were high prior to the race, unfortunately the weather wasn’t, with driving wind and patchy drizzle. Phil Scowcroft was the first harrier to race on the day coming fourth in the 10k challenge, also known as the Quarry Challenge. Whilst he was warming down in his tent, the rest of us were preparing for the big 14 miler. The race, basically a long cross country race, was won by Stockport’s Andi Jones (who’s wife Donna Riding is a Sale Harrier) who missed out on the course record by 30 seconds. The first harrier home was Gaz Raven (who’s won it for the past six consecutive years) with Paul Green closely behind. As the rain began to fall more steadily, Ritchie Edwards and Elton Davies cruised home, followed by Ian Jones then Mike Wharton, all beating the train. Janet Nicholls, was the first lady harrier home, followed by Sarah Douglas then Emma Finney. Jenny Clink and Lauren Davies completed the club’s placings with Jan the only lady who beat the train and also the first V40 home too! The men also took the team prize.
Following the race, the team had a quick shower (not together) then headed to Aberdovey for a lovely bistro dinner (when it finally stopped raining) then returned to Tywyn for the after show party with some crazy dancing and a few cheeky beers/and ciders in the event marquee. Once the DJ had finished and the honey monster did his final twirl, we all had one final drink in the local pub where a combination of ‘locals’ and runners made for an eventful conclusion to the evening.
If you’ve never done this race, it is a great weekend away. Even though the rain did dampen the ground, it didn’t dampen the spirits and we all had a great weekend away. Already looking forward to next year’s event. The picture is taken prior to dinner in Aberdovey.
Posted 20/08/2013 07:04