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.

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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