‘Race the train’ Tywyn Mid-Wales 18th August 2007.
Mud-blood-sweat-tears and rain and wind and more rain and more mud.
How beautiful Wales is and how mountainous!! We arrived Tywyn ready to
race the train or a least get a glimpse of it! There was around 900
people lined up. The race started with the, train blowing its whistle
and off we went in the rain and wind. There were people hanging out of
the train cheering us all on.
The first 2 miles was through the town and into the country lanes with
lots of support from local people. We then entered the fields which was
fine at first, a bit wet, but ok. Then after 4-5 miles it became hard
At about 7 miles we reached a ploughed field which apparently had been
done especially for the race (bless the farmer) we had been warned about
the barbed wire fence but somehow I managed to slip and get caught in it
resulting in having to stop and get bandaged up as my arm was bleeding.
This was unfortunate as I lost about 10mins.
Debbie sits outside the first aid tent, after an argument with a
The second half of the course which was on a mountain track up some
short steep climbs (more suitable to sheep). This went on for a couple
of miles we then dropped down into the Dolgoch Falls – it was beautiful.
Then we went up some very slippery slate steps and into a bog – it was
over my knees and very sticky. I managed to fall over as my feet were
stuck – the marshalls had a great sense of humour as they stood there
laughing. I was really worried I'd lose a trainer but managed to get out
with a bit of help and with both trainers still in place.
We were back into fields and on the side of the mountain people were
slipping and sliding all over the place but it was a soft landing. Back
on solid ground for the last couple of miles on road but up-hill. We
finished in a field next to the railway station and there was the little
engine, it had been sat there for a while. My time was 2:49:16. I did
get to see the train en-route it was like a scene from ‘The Railway
Children’ with everyone cheering and waving.
There was a party in the evening with a bar, food and entertainment. Oh!
and the tears were of laughter having seen my mate walking up the road
after doing the 10k, caked in mud and with a beaming red face laughing
saying how fab it was. It was great fun and I would definitely do it
again next year and what’s more you can enter on the day!