Race the Train Trail Race

Sunday 6th March 2022

2022 details will follow


Chia Charge Sports Nutrition
Wensleydale Railway



  • The format is different for 2021 due to COVID

  • Circular14-mile trail race in Yorkshire Dales National Park, in association with the tourist & heritage Wensleydale Railway

  • Starting from Leyburn Shawl and finishing at Leyburn station.

  • Due to significant track repairs which have been delayed as a result of the pandemic, Wensleydale Railway are currently unable to run a train service. As we can’t transport runners to Redmire, a short course race will not be possible. For 2021 we are currently offering only a long course race, and runners will NOT be racing the train.

  • Fully marked course with water station. You need to be self sufficient for nutrition

  • Wave starts with fastest off 1st.

  • Engraved wooden ‘Souvenir ticket’.

  • Due to the COVID uncertainty, we are unable to offer a t-shirt this year.

  • Trophies awarded for male & female 1st to 3rd overall, and male & female 1st in each age group

  • TRA permit (no 3647) applied for and will be held under UK Athletic rules

  • ​Cost: 14-mile race: £30 (£28 affiliated)

  • A small donation to Wensleydale Railway and other Charitable causes is included in each runner’s entry fee.

  • In line with many other races, the race will be "cupless" at checkpoints, so please bring your own cup

  • You must make yourself aware of the COVID measures that are in place before entering, as races need to take a different format to pre-COVID.

  • Please see HERE for our COVID page, and HERE to download Runner COVID Code of Conduct


Any updates (eg changes to the course, race timings, race info) will be posted here.



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Course Details


14 mile race

14 miles/22k

~1350ft/400m ascent/descent


Varied terrain, predominantly on bridleways & footpaths, with small sections on minor road.

Checkpoints/feed stations:

5.5 miles (Cattle grid, Redmire Moor): Checkpoint 1

7.5 miles (Castle Bolton village) feed station with water only

8.6 miles (Redmire Station): Checkpoint 2

2021 GPS & course description will be available shortly- there are minimal changes

Sign in to Garmin to send the course to your device.

Or if you select the 3 dots (...) on the bottom right next to the "Send to Device" button, you can export the GPX file directly

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Race Day Info


Race HQ


Race HQ is Wensleydale Railway Station, Harmby Road, Leyburn DL8 5ET

There may be refreshments available at the station tea room. There are also plenty of places in Leyburn itself where you can grab a brew and a bite to eat.

There are toilets at Leyburn station and in the town square.

Car Parking

Free car parking has been arranged at Leyburn Auction Mart, Richmond Rd, Leyburn DL8 5DP. Parking fee is included in your race entry fee.

There are also pay and display car parks in Leyburn centre




Please be respectful of the local population when parking. Please do not park along the roads around the train station, and do not block driveways or other access.




14 mile race

Registration: 8.30 - 9.15

Pre-race briefing TBA (currently via video which will be emailed to you)

Wave starts from 10am on Leyburn Shaw. Fastest off first

Cut offs

  • 1¾ hours at Hargill Lane checkpoint (5.5 mi)

  • 3 hours at Redmire station checkpoint  (8.6 mi)

  • 4¾ hours at the Finish


Kit list


14 mile race

  • Hat/buff and gloves

  • Facemask & hand sanitiser

  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams

  • Minimum 500mls water (obviously, you don’t still need 500mls water with you at the finish)

  • Cup for drink stations or water bottle

  • Energy bar etc (you need to be fully self sufficient)

  • Whistle

  • Route map/instructions and compass (phone-based compass is fine providing it is fully charged)

  • Foil blanket (bivvy bag meets this requirement)

  • Mobile phone




  • You must have the mandatory kit and carry it with you at all time – no kit, no race. If you don’t complete the race with all kit, you will be disqualified.

  • Your race number must be visible from the front at all times.

  • Please respect other competitors, marshals, and members of the public.

  • If you are about to overtake someone, warn them first and say “on your right/left”. If being overtaken, please move to the “other” side to let the faster runner pass.

  • You must check in at each checkpoint (long course runners).

  • You must abide by marshal and race officials instructions.

  • Please stop and assist any competitors in need of medical attention and alert a marshal or race director (as per pre-race instructions).

  • If you appear unfit to continue, you will be withdrawn from the race for your own safety.

  • If you withdraw from the race, you must inform the next marshal, or contact the race director on the phone number that will be provided.

  • No headphones/Mp3 players (see FAQs)

  • Please obey the Countryside Code.

  • Please close all gates.

  • Do not climb over gates or fences.

  • Do not drop litter – carry it with you, or use bins provided at feed stations.

  • No smoking at race HQ or in car parks.

  • It is not possible to run with your dog (even on a lead) as the course passes through active farming areas where livestock is present.

  • You must keep to the course. Not only is this out of fairness to all competitors, but also for your own safety as there are disused mine working in some areas.

  • The race has a TRA permit applied for (no 3647) and will be held under UK Athletic rules. We recommend that you make yourself familiar with the UKA rules specific to Trail running (UKA Rules for competition 2018-2020).

  • Disqualification may result from any of the following:

    • Deviation from the course (resulting in a shortened distance to be covered)

    • Failure to carry mandatory kit

  • The Race Referee / Directors decision is final.