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BIZARRE! Runners compete in Race The Train event

Thursday, August 25 2016 by SNTV
  • Over 1,000 runners raced for 14 miles in the 33rd edition of the annual Race The Train competition in Wales on Saturday (20th August).

    The backdrop may not have been Rio and the Copacabana beach, but the stakes were equally as high in the Welsh countryside - as 1,000 runners competed in the annual Race The Train contest.

    Founded in 1984 - after the idea was posed by a local dentist - the event involves a 14-mile course, where runners compete for pace against a steam train.

    Not every athlete manages to beat the train to the finish line, but the popularity of the event has now stretched overseas - with competitors from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Hong Kong.

    This year's event was won by Paul Green, a runner from Sale Harriers. His performance was on the right track throughout, and he eventually steamed to victory in one hour, 28 minutes and 23 seconds.

    And Green, expressed his delight at the win:

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Green, Race The Train winner:

    "It's just a great relief knowing in that last half mile that I was actually going to win it for once and it's a real buzz - the crowd were cheering really loudly and it really gets the adrenaline going so yeah, it's great, really chuffed today."

    Green is a regular to the event and won this year after coming close in previous years - and no doubt he'll be looking to defend his title next time around.

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