I regret to inform you that due to the Covid-19 situation I have made the decision to postpone the event . Your health and safety are my top priorities and at the heart of every decision I make. I believe it’s critical to do my part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. So sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience. All participants have been sent an email explaining your options. The rescheduled date is not yet confirmed as we are still in discussion and there is no set guidance available yet on how long this situation will continue. Please stay safe and look after each other.
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Tracey Jolly

All Aboard For Jolly Running's Most Unique Event!! We Have Collaborated with The Amazing Staff At South Devon Railways To Be Able To Bring You This Special Event. The Race Is A Long 10K (6.8 Trail Miles) In South Devon. Racing A Steam Train!!! ​

Our Start Line is at South Devon Railways Totnes Heritage Riverside Station where spectators with a ticket will board the Jolly Running Express Race Train in the hope of catching a glimpse of their runner’s trying to beat the train as the train makes its journey to Staverton and Back.

Please do not go to the Totnes mainline station as this is the wrong station.

You and the Jolly Running Express then wait for the whistle to blow, which starts the race. The Beat the Train is a 6.8 mile route along riverside paths and woodland trails from Totnes to Staverton and back to Totnes.

The train and the runners race to Staverton Station where the train has a short stop before returning to Totnes, this is your opportunity to steam on ahead and make it back to Totnes before the train. 

It is an out and back course turning around at the waterstation at Staverton Station.

Will you Beat the Train?

 As part of the Beat the Train experience you have the unique opportunity that no other event offers. You can ride on the train you are due to race by departing from Buckfastleigh Station on our Park n Ride option.

Park for free in the spacious car park at Buckfastleigh Station and the train will bring you to the start line at Totnes Heritage Riverside Railway Station, where you will disembark and prepare to Beat the Train. 

Select the Park n Ride Ticket option when entering, one ticket per person is needed. Spectator and runners can use this option.

Jolly Running Express Park & Ride (departs at 8.15am from Buckfastleigh):You can park for free at Buckfastleigh Train Station, just minutes from the A38 and catch the Jolly Running Express to the start, then after the race you can catch any Steam Train back to your car, places are limited so early booking is highly recommended. You can also book places for your friends and family too. Each Seat costs just £7 Return ticket.

Jolly Running Express Race Train: When entering you can also book seats for your friends and family to ride on the Jolly Running Express Race Train. They will ride on the train while you are racing it. The train will travel from Totnes to Staverton and back, where passengers will see the runners along the Riverside and at Staverton Station.

If your Family and Friends want to use the Park & Ride option and also the Race Train you will need to purchase tickets for both trains for them. These are purchased through our online entry system.

All finishers receive a Bespoke Beat the Train Medal. 

Parking is also available at several car parks in and around Totnes. 

About the Race

Beat the Train – Saturday 28th March 2020 – 9.10am

Entry Limit: 350 Participants

Affiliated Entry £25

 Unaffiliated Entry £27

Age Limit: Over 18 on race day


Park & Ride (Runners & Spectators) – £7 return departing Buckfastleigh at 08:15am it will take you straight to the start line.   Return trains to Buckfastleigh are scheduled for 10:30am, 11:20, 12:10pm and 1:00pm please see your Race Day Information for further schedules or the South Devon Railways train timetable online.

 Race Train (Spectators only- you’ll be racing it!!) –  £6 for each passenger over 3 years of age. Under 3’s go free on an adults lap. All others will need a ticket.

Dogs can travel but a maximum of two per person and must be under control and kept on a lead at all times.

If your Family and Friends want to use the Park & Ride and the Race Train you need to buy the separate tickets for both trains for them.

Event Day Train Timetable:

Park & Ride Train departs Buckfastleigh 8.15am

Park & Ride Train arrives Totnes 8.45am

Race Train (Spectators only) boarding at Totnes from 9am

Race Train (Spectators only) Departs Totnes 9.10am

RACE START 09:10am when the trains whistle sounds. 

There will also be bespoke prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men & Ladies.

The wonderful staff and volunteers of South Devon Railways Totnes Station will be providing hot and cold refreshments, bacon baps & sausage baps, soup and snacks. Bring your pennies as this will be cash only and any profit will go to the South Devon Railway charity. .

The South Devon Railway is a 6.64 miles heritage railway from Totnes to Buckfastleigh in Devon. Mostly running alongside the River Dart, it was initially known as the Dart Valley Railway. The railway is now operated by the South Devon Railway Trust, a registered charity and relies on the income and donations to the charity in order to keep it running. 

Race Permit #3429 granted by the Trail Running Association and will be held in accordance with UKA rules.



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