Race Day


Please park in public car parks in Shepton Mallet. The nearest car parks are:

  • Great Ostry car park BA4 5TT – Sundays: £2 all day
  • Commercial Road car park BA4 5DA – Sundays: £2 all day

There is very limited parking near to the start in Draycott Road.

Walker Registration

Walkers do not need to register. Walkers do not need a race number, start times are only guides with the intention of reaching the market place at around 12 noon.

Guide start time for 8.5 mile walkers : 9.00am.
Fast walkers : 9.30am.

Guide start time for 3 mile walkers : 10.00am.
Fast walkers : 10.30am.

Runner Registration

Registration will open at 9.45am. Runners should come to the start area at the end of Draycott Road at least 20 minutes before their chosen start time for registration. The 8½ mile start times are 10:30 for social joggers and 11:00 for keener runners. The 3 mile race starts at 11:15.

At registration, runners will be given an individual race number in the form of a sticker. These stickers must be worn in a prominent position throughout the race and will be used to identify runners at checkpoints and at the finish.

The Start

The 8½ mile and 3 mile routes both start in fields at the end of Draycott Road, BA4 5HT.


There are no toilets at the start. Please use public toilets in Commercial Road car park or the event’s temporary toilets in the market place, by the Amulet.

Water Stations

There is no water station at the start. There will be water stations at Croscombe, Maesbury Castle and in the market place from the bar at the finish.


Families are welcome to bring children, on the walk and on the 3 mile trail race. Children must be accompanied by adults and remain their responsibility at all times.

General information

There’s no dedicated changing area or baggage storage facility. The routes are both in excess of 90% trail, trail shoes are advisable for running – some of the sections will be quite muddy.

Signage and the route

The route will be well signed with no requirement to study the route prior to the event. If you would like to see a map of the route, it is available on the ‘Trail Race’ page. There will also be a map at the start.


Bath Road viaduct is currently a closed viaduct. We’re fortunate to have access to cross it for the Runaway Train event. The viaduct will be open from 11.15am until 2.00pm on race day.

First Aid Stations

First aid kits will be located with race marshals at Croscombe, Maesbury Castle and in the market place.


Please ensure no litter is dropped. We will have bins located at the start line, in Croscombe, at Maesbury Castle and at the finish line in the market place.


Due to the temperature creeping up, we are just moving into the months when ticks are more prevalent. The route passes through woodlands and grasslands, so particularly if you wear shorts on race day, it is worth checking yourself over after the event.

The Finish

The 8½ mile and 3 mile routes both finish in the market place.

Finish Times

Finish times and finish positions for runners will be recorded and uploaded to our website after the event. Walkers will not receive a position or time.


Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for men and women for both distances at 1.00pm.

Boxty Feast

Race entry and food sales are in advance only. There will be no sales available on the day but there will be food available from Cheeky Bean, Domino’s Pizza and Rosemary Greek.

Ticket holders for the boxty feast will be issued with a token at the Pilton Cider tent, in the market place.