DSUK Race The Train (Boat of Garten to Aviemore) has now closed and you will not be able to sign-up for it. Please check the Info for any organiser updates.
This event is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

DSUK Race The Train (Boat of Garten to Aviemore)

03 Jun 17

Disability Snowsport UK in association with Cairngorm Runners are organising the 2017 Race the Train event.  This is a fantastic 8k trail race against the Strathspey Steam Train from Boat of Garten along the Speyside Way to Aviemore.

Much of the race, especially the second half, runs by the railway track, if you hear the train coming you'd better sprint for the finish!




This event is limited to 250 entries and places fill up quickly so register early to avoid disappointment. We will not be able to accept entries on the day.  Entries close on Thursday 1st June 2017.

Entry via www.entrycentral.com £20 for SA affiliated and £22 for non-affiliation)


Registration will take place from outside Route 7 Café, Dalfaber Industrial Estate, Aviemore, PH22 1ST from 08:00 to 9.45 on the morning of the race.  Runners will be bussed from Route 7 Cafe to Stathspey Steam Railway Station, Aviemore to board the steam train which will depart at 10.30am.

Shuttle Bus:

Shuttle busses are being provided by Bremners of Aviemore and the first shuttle bus will run from 8.15 and last shuttle bus is 9.45.  

It is runners own responsibility to make their way to the Strathspey Steam Railway Station after 9.45am.


On arriving in Boat of Garten, runners will be marshalled towards the Boat of Garten Community Hall where there will be a chance to warm up or take a last minute loo break.  At 11.20am the race will begin.


The finish will be by the Route 7 Café within Dalfaber Industrial Estate.  Finishers will be presented with their medals.  Refreshments and a light snack will be generously provided for runners by Route 7 Café.

General Information:

Entrants may make their own way to the Strathspey Steam Railway or to the Boat of Garten Community Hall if they wish but they must register in the morning and collect their race number and they must be present at the Boat of Garten Community Hall for the race safety brief.

Whilst runners are warming up, the steam train will carry onto Broomhill Station in Nethy Bridge and prepare for its return journey to Aviemore.  When the steam train departs Broomhill Station at approximately 11.20, the race will start.  Runners will have a good head start on the train.

Most of the track, especially the second half, runs by the railway so you'll be able to see and hear! the train coming. The track is mostly good quality, hard-packed trail. Some sections are rough and rocky in places though, so good running shoes are recommended!


  • There will be medals for all race finishers
  • Men 1-2-3 and Women 1-2-3, donated by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Aviemore


There are toilets and changing facilities at the Strathspey Steam Railway and the Boat of Garten Community Hall.  There will also be portable toilets at regisration.

Car parking is available at registration, though some will be on public roads.

There are no water stations on the route.

Small bags will be transported from the race start back to the finish line.  Please don't take valuables or large bags on the train, we have limited room to transport these back to Aviemore.

Small after race refreshements and snacks are being offered to runners by Route 7 Cafe. Route 7 Cafe and and The Yellow Vest Takeaway will be open offering breakfast and lunch in the cosy and comfortable surroundings in the Highland Home Centre. Enjoy breakfast rolls, home made soups and sandwiches with some alternatives such as quesadillas and tasty mains, as well as delicous homebaking.  The ideal place for spectators to relax before the runners come in or stay and have some lunch after the race.

Health and Safety:

The track is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Children are not permitted to run alongside runners.

All runners must enter emergency contact details on the back of their number.

Clear route maps will be posted at Registration.  The route is well signposted, it is primarly on tracks but some small sections may have occassional vehicles.  The organisers are being assisted by a number of voluntary marshals.  The safety of all is paramount and it is a condition of entry that competitors must follow the instructions of the marshals.  


Dogs are not permitted on the race track, not even on a lead.  This is strict condition of the race being permitted to pass through the RSPB and SNH controlled areas.

Further information:

Any questions, email:


Kirsty Bruce


Dates and Status

Date: 03/06/2017

Status: Closed

Total Places: 250

Places Available: ??

01 Jun 2017£20.00£22.00

*Discounted for members of any of SA EA WA

For each sign-up with a card payment, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Event Address
From outside Route 7 Cafe, Highland Home Centre Dalfaber Industrial Estate, AVIEMORE PH22 1ST