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© Moors and Dales Races, Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Race the Train Trail Race

Sunday 8th March 2020

Entries open 9am Sat 31st August

 

Overview

 

  • 5½ & 14-mile trail races in Yorkshire Dales National Park, in association with the tourist & heritage Wensleydale Railway

  • Point-to-point 5½ mile route from Redmire to Leyburn, with train ride to start included in the entry fee

  • Circular 14 mile route, starting from Leyburn Shawl and finishing at Leyburn station (no train ride!)

  • ‘Race the Train’ back to Leyburn station whilst taking in the stunning views (Roughly a 10 minute/mile pace to "Beat the Train")

  • Please note, the route is NOT adjacent to the railway, and although it is often visible (and audible!) between Redmire & Leyburn, you will not be running side by side with the train

  • Fully marked course with feed stations en-route

  • Engraved wooden ‘Souvenir ticket’ & Technical T-shirt for all finishers 

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

  • The race has a TRA permit (no 2797) and will be held under UK Athletic rules

  • ​Cost:

    • 14-mile race: £34 (£32 affiliated)

    • 5½ mile race: £23 (£21 affiliated) - includes train transfer from registration in Leyburn to start at Redmire

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

  • Spectators can purchase train tickets to travel to & from Redmire station to watch the start of the short course, or to support long course runners as they pass through. Click here for info

  • Many local attractions for spectators: watch long course runners as they pass the impressive Bolton Castle, ride on Wensleydale Railway, and soak up the beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery

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

Updates

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

Course Details

 

14 mile race

14 miles/22k

~1350ft/400m ascent/descent

 

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

Please note, the route is NOT adjacent to the railway, and although it is often visible (and audible!) between Redmire & Leyburn, you will not be running side by side with the train

Checkpoints/feed stations:

5 miles (Hargill Lane, Redmire Moor): checkpoint 1

5.5 miles (Cattle grid, Redmire Moor): feed station 1 with water and food (flapjacks, jelly babies etc)

8.6 miles (Redmire Station): Checkpoint 2

10.4 miles (Preston under Scar): feed station 2 with water and food

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5.5 mile race

5.5 miles / 9km

~330ft/100m ascent/descent

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

Please note, the route is NOT adjacent to the railway, and although it is often visible (and audible!) between Redmire & Leyburn, you will not be running side by side with the train

Checkpoints/feed stations:

Due to relatively short distance, no checkpoints

2.4 miles (Preston under Scar): Feedstation with water and food (flapjacks, jelly babies etc)

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Race Day Info

 

Race HQ

 

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

There is a lovely tea room at the station where runners and spectators can grab a brew and a bite to eat before the race starts

 

Refreshments can be bought all day, with burgers and butties available to purchase at the finish.

 

There are toilets at Leyburn station, and extra portable toilets at Redmire station for the start of the short course.

Car Parking

Free car parking has been arranged at Tennants Auction Centre, Harmby Road, Leyburn, DL8 5SG

There are also pay and display car parks in Leyburn centre

 

THERE IS NO RACE DAY PARKING AT LEYBURN STATION AND ACCESS TO THE GARDEN CENTRE MUST BE KEPT CLEAR AT ALL TIMES

 

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.

Car Sharing & Rail Travel

We are keen to minimise the carbon impact of our event. If you wish to car share, consider joining our MaD Runners facebook group where you can link up with others traveling to the event.

Rail travel from Leeming Bar through to Leyburn station may be available: further information will be posted here and in the Updates section nearer race day

Spectator train tickets

Limited number of spectator tickets available: return fare £6 adults, £3 for children age 5-16, under 5’s free. Return can be used on either train on that day. Pre-book tickets by phoning the Wensleydale Railway on 01677 425805 (to avoid the booking fee), or booking online by clicking this link. Please note that all spectator fees are set by Wensleydale Railway and tickets are purchased directly from them.

 
 

Timings

 

14 mile race

Registration: 8.30 - 9.15

Pre-race briefing at 9.30 followed by short walk to the start on Leyburn Shawl

Start: 10.00

Cut offs

  • 1¾ hours at Hargill Lane checkpoint (5 mi)

  • 3 hours at Redmire station checkpoint  (8.6 mi)

  • 4¾ hours at the Finish

  • ‘BEAT THE TRAIN TIME’: 12.15pm

5.5 mile race

Registration: 9.30-10.15 am, followed by train boarding
Train transfer to Redmire: 10.30am
Briefing at Redmire Station: 11.05am
Start 11.15am

Cut off:

  • 2 hours at the Finish

  • ‘BEAT THE TRAIN TIME’: 12.15pm

 
 

Kit list

 

15 mile race

  • Hat/buff and gloves

  • 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

  • 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

 

5.5 mile race

Short course runners are also advised to carry the clothing/food kit depending on weather.

However the following are mandatory items

  • Route map/instructions

  • Mobile phone

  • Cup for drink stations or water bottle

 

Rules

  • 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 (no 2797) 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

    • Use of assistance outside of aid stations

  • The Race Referee / Directors decision is final.

 

Spectator Information

WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY

Spectators can purchase train tickets, to travel from race HQ at Leyburn to Redmire station, to watch the start of the short course or to support long course runners as they pass through. A limited number of spectator tickets are available: return fares are £6 for adults, £3 for children age 5-16, under 5’s free. The return can be used on either train on that day. Pre-book tickets by phoning the Wensleydale Railway on 01677 425805 (to avoid the booking fee), or booking online by clicking this link. Please note that all spectator fees are set by Wensleydale Railway and tickets are purchased directly from them.

The Wensleydale Railway is a tourist and heritage line, starting at the County town of Northallerton, to Redmire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing through Leeming Bar, Bedale, Finghall and the Dales market town of Leyburn. The line is predominantly a heritage diesel line, with steam services operating over selected weekends, special events and the summer months.

LEYBURN STATION

The Wensleydale Railway tea room at Leyburn station will serve refreshments from registration onwards, with burgers and butties available to purchase after the race. All proceeds will go to Wensleydale Railway. The station has toilets (including disabled) and disabled ramp for access to the train

REDMIRE STATION

The Western terminus of the railway, with superb scenery. There is a passenger shelter at the station, but no indoor facilities. There is a disabled ramp for access to the train

BOLTON CASTLE

Redmire station is a short walk (less than 1 mile) from the majestic Bolton Castle. It can also be easily accessed by road from Leyburn. Not only can you enjoy a visit to this superb castle, but you can also cheer on long course runners as they pass near the Castle.

One of the Country's best preserved medieval castles. Well worth taking a tour while you are here : www.boltoncastle.co.uk

Please be aware that if you walk from Redmire station to the Castle, you will be sharing the path with runners in the opposite direction!

 

LEYBURN

A bustling Dales market town with multiple cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops to visit. Take a stroll to the start of the race route on Leyburn Shawl escarpment to savour views of the railway against the stunning backdrop of Penhill. Legend has it that Mary Queen of Scots dropped her shawl here when escaping from Bolton Castle.

For more information, visit: www.welcometoleyburn.co.uk

Places to stay

Below is a selection of many places to stay in the area.

LEYBURN

For B&Bs, self-catering and camping in and around Leyburn, visit:

www.welcometoleyburn.co.uk

 

REDMIRE

 

The Old Town Hall, Redmire:  guest house. (minimum two night stay for Saturday nights) www.theoldtownhall.co.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD:

Askrigg camping: Camping on site on a working farm, or wild camping on a remote site: www.askrigg-camping.co.uk

Raydale Barn: Self catering. Sleeps 16 - great option if there are a group of you doing the race or supporting. www.raydalebarn.co.uk

​Wensleydale Camping at Aysgarth Falls: wild camping in St Josephs Woods, Aysgarth Falls: www.manorgrange.co.uk/Wensleydale-Camping-at-Aysgarth-Falls

The Crown Inn, Askrigg: The Barn (sleeps 6): a fully equipped  and furnished self catering property, and camping: www.crowninnaskrigg.co.uk/the-barn

 

Aysgarth Falls Hotel Aysgarth: www.aysgarthfallshotel.com

 

Stow House, Aysgarth. Boutique bed and breakfast: www.stowhouse.co.uk

 

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Carperby. Rooms and self-catering apartment (two day minimum stay at weekends): www.wheatsheafinwensleydale.co.uk

 

This is only a selection of places to stay in the area. If you have accommodation that you would like to be listed on our website, please contact us at carol@madraces.co.uk