Mountain man Mounsey races Snowden train

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A mountain runner from Calderdale is set to appear on BBC television’s Countryfile.

Ben Mounsey, a teacher at Brooksbank School, was approached by the programme’s producer to see if he would appear on the show spotlighting Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park, North West Wales.

Ben, who competes for Calder Valley Fell Runners and Stainland Lions, said: “It was an honour to be asked and naturally I jumped at the chance.

“Running has provided me with so many opportunities over the last few years, but this is certainly one of the highlights of my career so far.”

As the current leading fell/mountain runner in the UK, Ben was the natural choice for their “man against machine” proposal.

He said: “They asked me if I would race the train from Llanberis up to the summit of Snowdon. I love a challenge and this one sounded too good to resist.

“I agreed, but with some trepidation - could I beat the might of a diesel locomotive to the top?”

Llanberis village lies at the foot of Mount Snowdon and the Snowdon Mountain Railway is one of its main tourist attractions. All those who wish to ride to the top can jump aboard the heritage railway ride to reach the 1,085m summit.

Viewers will see Ben racing the train up to one of the highest peaks in the UK, while Countryfile presenter John Craven rides on board the train.

Ben also filmed his own determined ascent, while John interviewed race organiser Stephen Edwards, race founder Ken Jones and running legend and race record holder Kenny Stuart.

The episode will also broaden to feature mountain running in the UK, the prestigious Snowdon International Race and the effect the race has on tourism in the area.

The programme is scheduled to air on BBC 1 on Sunday, May 29, at 7pm and filming took place two weeks before the broadcast.