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The Taff Vale Railway Virtual Marathon

Location: Virtual Event, Complete anywhere!
Date: Saturday 1st May 2021 to 31st May 2021

Help get ‘Taffy’ to steam again soon!


The locomotive, Taff Vale Railway 28, is the last surviving full steam locomotive built in Wales. It was built in Cardiff in 1897 and was last steamed in 1992. A restoration was attempted in the late 1990’s before it was dismantled and stored for a number of years. The Taff Vale Project is a unique partnership between the Gwili Vintage Carriage Group (GVCG), the Llangollen Railway and the National Railway Museum. The ‘Lost Engine’ is now being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of volunteers. The aim of the project is to return No. 28 to full operating condition and help preserve traditional engineering skills and methods.


The fundraising team of volunteers have an ambitious target and need your help to raise much needed funds to restore old Taffy. How you can help….


The Taff Vale Railway Virtual (almost) Marathon


Take part in our 26 mile challenge during the month of May and you will be helping to get Taffy to steam again.


Why 26 miles and almost a marathon – The old Taff Vale Railway Line is exactly 26 miles from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff Docks.


You have a whole month to complete your 26.2 miles, which enables you to fit it around your training schedule and at a time that suits you best. This event is perfect for those who wish to run the distance in one go, or across several activities.


This is a family friendly event (a family discounted option is available) and why not all take part together and add your miles up between you?


It’s about getting outside and keeping active, whilst helping to raise much needed funds for a fantastic charity. All finishers will receive a stunning bespoke medal.


A full history of the locomotive, and more about the project to restore it, can be found at www.taffvalerailway28.co.uk

Every donation is appreciated by the railway, you can help by visiting this page: http://www.taffvalerailway28.co.uk/Fundraising/


What is a virtual race?
This is a virtual race, which means you can take part anywhere in the world, in your own time and at your own pace. This also includes treadmill runs/walks.
How do I take part?
It's easy to take part, once you have booked we will send you a step-by-step guide.
Simply enter the virtual event and we’ll send you a welcome email with details of how you submit your results. Over race weekend, capture your run / walk on your favourite tracking device and email it to us along with your epic finishers selfie and we will feature you in the selfie gallery! 
If you don’t have an activity tracking device you can still take part, just email your finishing time to us and you will still get your medal. 

A note about medal delivery:
Our medal designs are all unique and made bespoke for each event. Please be aware that medals will be dispatched approximately 4-5 weeks after the closing date of the race/challenge. We email all our participants when they have been posted to you.