Saturday 9th April 2022
Entry Is Now Closed.

Park & Ride Tickets are now SOLD OUT!!

The deadline to transfer or defer your entry is Saturday 26th March 2022
Jolly Running are unable to process any requests after this date.

Due to the Covid-19 situation the Beat The Train event was postponed from 2020. This is the rescheduled event and all 2020 entries and train tickets will automatically be transferred to this event.
If you had a 2020 entry and this new 2022 date is not convenient your entry can be transferred to another Jolly Running event. Please contact - [email protected] New entries for this event are strictly limited to 150 places available so please enter early to avoid disappointment as the capacity cannot be increased.

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 where you will RACE A STEAM TRAIN in an out and back trail route through the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate. You will also have the unique opportunity to ride the train to the start line where you will then disembark and prepare to race it!!! Your family and supporters can ride the train on it's journey whilst you are racing it.

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. Spectators and runners can use this option.

Jolly Running Express Park & Ride (departs at 8am 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 the 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 – 

Entry Limit: 350 Participants – only 150 new online entries available ( subject to change if restrictions apply )

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.  The Return train to Buckfastleigh is scheduled for 11:35am however additional trains will run at 11:20am, 1pm, 3pm and 4:30pm subject to availability. Please see your Race Day Information for further schedules or the South Devon Railways train timetable online as these may be subject to change. Confirmed train times will be in your race information emailed to you prior to the event.

 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 on the train but a maximum of two dogs 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 08.15am

Park & Ride Train arrives Totnes 8.42am

Race Train (Spectators only) boarding at Totnes from 08:45am

Race Train (Spectators only) Departs Totnes 9.15am

RACE START 09:15am – when the Race train whistle sounds. 

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

The wonderful staff of South Devon Railways will be providing hot and cold refreshments to be purchased on the train and platform, the menu will be confirmed soon.

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 #4713 granted by the Trail Running Association and will be held in accordance with UKA rules.



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