The Race the Train event was held in Aviemore this year on Sunday 18th May. The event was organised by the Cairngorm Runners and is a 4.5 mile trail race from Boat of Garten to Aviemore through the Speyside Way. The race also included a ride on the famous Strathspey Steam Railway.
Our very own Mia Nelson completed the course in a great time of 40:50, just being pipped at the post by the train. Mia had this to report:
“Organised, and marshalled on the day, by The Cairngorm Runners, this 8km course was a fabulous and fun event from start to finish. Registration took place early on at the Cairngorm Brewery in Aviemore and race participants were then bussed down to the railway station to gather and wait on the steam train, which we would later be racing. There was a bit of time spent hanging around in the carriages (registration opened 8:30, the train departed 10:30 on the whistle to take us to the village that the race started from, and the race began 11:30 on the dot!). Although some people found the waiting a little long, the train was optional, you could get yourself to the start if you wished. I took the opportunity to see the magnificent steam engine (yes, I’m a closest grease monkey) and found myself being invited by the driver and fireman up into the footplate for a good nose around and a bit of chat (see Facebook for the photos). The time waiting on the train was also great for just chatting and getting to know the other racers. The race it’s self was over forest paths and on a mixture dirt and stoney ground – but not rough, and fine loose forrest gravel. All good under foot. The scenery was magnificent, as you would expect in the Cairngorms, the signposting and marshalling fabulous and a credit to the Cairngorm Runners club, and the race ended at the back at the Brewery with beer, a goodie bag and the best medal ever for every runner. All in all a really good fun excuse for a weekend away and I can highly recommend it. The only down side – I raced the steam train, and train won! I’ll be back next year to see if I can restore the good name of the ERN and beat the train.”