Where 31 Jolly Runners beat the train along the Dart!

SUNDAY, February 17 saw Devon running business ‘Jolly Running’ host the inaugural ‘Beat the Train’ 12-kilometre race based at the South Devon Railway’s Totnes Riverside station.

A special steam train park and ride service from Buckfastleigh was used by many of the runners to arrive by rail at the early morning event.

A three-car GWR auto-train with pannier No. 6412 sandwiched in the middle offered panoramic views of the runners on the opposite bank of the River Dart. COLIN WALLACE/SDR

On arrival at Totnes, spectators then boarded the ‘Jolly Running Express’ race train, in the hope of catching a glimpse of their family and friends running along the other side of the River Dart as the train made its journey to Staverton.

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As nearly 300 runners lined up on the start line at 9.15am, the ‘Jolly Running Express’ prepared to leave and, with a loud blast of the locomotive whistle, the steam train and the runners began their race.

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