The Gould family, who all run for Leamington C&AC, competed in their 10th Race the Train at the weekend with three of them taking first place prizes. The race, held along the Tallyllyn Steam Railway in Tywyn, Wales, sees runners racing the steam train in a festival of running.
Phil Gould decided to try the 5.5 mile Dolgoch challenge this year, this being the only race he had yet to compete in. Gould did not disappoint, crossing the finish line in first place in a time of 31:50.
Melanie and James Gould ran the 3 mile Tynllwynhen challenge, James came second overall in a time of 19:17 but claiming first prize in the age category with sister Mel winning first in her age category in 21:23.
Laura Gould ran in the 14 mile Rotary challenge with friend Claire Goult (Kenilworth Runners), both ladies crossed the line in 2:27:23. Another LCAC family were also present, returning for their third time.
Howard Roden who had yet to beat the train, returned to run the 14 mile race which sees runners run 7 miles up the valley before returning along more trickier terrain. Roden was successful in his quest and beat the train by approximately 5 minutes finishing in 1:43:25. Roden managed to make it down onto the platform to meet his family who had been watching from the train, having run in the 3 mile event earlier that day.
Archie had run a strong race finishing 5th overall in a time of 20:01, whilst Isla finished in 23:25 and in 23rd position. Mum, Kate, crossed the line in 27:25.
Leonie Holt, also of LCAC, had entered the 14 mile Rotary Challenge, finishing in a time of 2:21:47.