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Countryfile’s John Craven Races Runner to Summit on Snowdon Lily Steam Train

Snowdon Mountain Railway will feature as part of a Snowdonia special on BBC One’s Countryfile this weekend.

The popular Sunday evening programme will showcase stories from Wales’ largest national park, including an exciting race with a difference up Snowdon.

John Craven, the respected BBC broadcaster and main presenter of Countryfile, will climb aboard a Snowdon Mountain Railway carriage and race a hill runner to the top of Wales’ highest peak.

The programme also features stories about endangered Welsh birds of prey and a local painter with a love for the Snowdonian landscape.

Alan Kendall, Snowdon Mountain Railway’s general manager, said:

“It was fantastic to be able to welcome John Craven and the BBC’s Countryfile team to Snowdon in the railway’s 120th anniversary year.

“We thought the show’s idea to film a race between a hill runner and one of our famous locomotives was brilliant and it really was great fun to be involved.

“We’re always pleased to be able to help film crews reach the summit with ease and show the glorious landscape of Snowdonia to the world.”

This comes during a busy time for the steam railway with another major UK broadcaster shooting an adventure travelogue at Snowdon recently, taking on the mountain’s challenge, filming at the summit and enjoying the railway’s more leisurely journey down.

Countryfile’s Snowdonia special will be shown on BBC One at 7pm on Sunday, May 29th 2016.

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