Stamina wins over steam at Race the Train event in Rhyl


Suzanne Jordan

STEAM went against stamina during a unique event which saw runners compete against a train.

Oliver Williams, one of the drivers of the Marine Lake trains, won the race during the first Race the Train event at Rhyl Miniature Railway - which was held to raise funds for Ty Gobaith children's hospice, which offer services for the respite of terminally ill children.

The event, which took place on Sunday, June 6, featured fun and games including a high striker and hoopla.

The race took place in the afternoon and participants ran ten laps around the lake to mark Ty Gobaith’s 10th birthday.

Justin Bell, the event organiser who has a young daughter who attends the hospice, said: “With our train ready with our two steam locos on the front and a seven coach train for the passengers to ride on and the runners ready at the start line we were off.

“I would like to say that it was a close race but the first runner got home two laps ahead of the train. It was not all bad news for the train though, we didnt finish last and fun was had by all even if we were all very tired by the end of the run, even the train drivers with the heat taking its toll.

“Well done to Oliver and a big thanks to all who helped put on the event including Morrisons supermarket who donated the winners prize of a bottle of champagne.”

Six-year-old Kathryn Bell, Mr Bell’s daughter, added: “I’ve told my daddy it is not the winning but taking part that counts.”

Mr Bell hopes to hold another race event next year in July - to be confirmed nearer the time.

Amy Pearson, area fundraiser for Ty Gobaith said: “Ty Gobaith needs over £1 million a year to continue supporting and caring for families in the area so fantastic events like the Race the Train, organised by our loyal supporters, are extremely important to us.”

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