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Race the Train

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This unique event is a must for all multi - terrain runners. Many competitors return regularly to try and better their performance or just beat that train while others have run nearly every year since the races started. Most serious runners have heard about it either from their friends, TV, or the press so if you haven’t already competed perhaps this year is the time to attempt it. These events also give you the additional challenge of not only racing your fellow competitor’s but also the Train. Having been televised world-wide on several occasions we have attracted many runners from abroad coming from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, America, Hong Kong, Africa etc.

Review summary

3 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Joolz G
"Had a blast! Not a chance of beating the train, but loved being yelled at by..."


Stuart M
"Lovely course well organised <br />Great after party <br />Easy to camp close..."


nadine h
"Enjoyed it - weather a big factor. Would have liked to have seen more of the..."
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Race the Train routes

In partnership with East Lancashire Railway's this race will start from Bury train station on the sound of the steam trains whistle. Runners will then set off North along trail paths running alongside the railway lines and Irwell River. The run is from point to point, starting at Bury and finishing at Rawtenstall Station.

The steam train on the sound of its whistle will travel south to the next station then change tracks, then head north catching the runners as it makes it's way to Rawtenstall Station

Event Details


How fast do I have to run the rotary challenge to beat the train?

1 hour 47

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Race the Train reviews (3)

4.6 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the event in 2019

    Had a blast! Not a chance of beating the train, but loved being yelled at by friends and relatives on the train. Will be back next year :-)
  • Did the event in 2019

    Lovely course well organised
    Great after party
    Easy to camp close by
    No problems with organisation could not avoid having a bad run
  • Did the event in 2019

    Enjoyed it - weather a big factor. Would have liked to have seen more of the train at the end.
    Would have preferred to run in the morning, a lot of waiting around.
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