Eden Marathon 2010
More than 1,500 runners took part in the Marathon and Half Marathon on 10 October 2010, and a world record was broken.
The second annual event saw a new world record completed - Adam Holland, a 23-year-old runner from Tavistock, Devon, became the youngest person to run 100 marathons.
Adam said: “It feels great to be the youngest person to have run a hundred marathons, although everything’s still sinking in. The course was very hilly but there are some fantastic views and I enjoyed taking in the scenery. I didn’t come here to race, I just wanted to finish my hundredth marathon.”
The overall winner was Duncan Oakes, 45, from St. Austell, the nearest major town to the Eden Project, with a time of two hours, 55 minutes and 16 seconds. Duncan runs with St. Austell Running Club, who collaborated with Eden to stage the event. He ran the Eden marathon last year, with a time of three hours and 16 minutes.
Duncan said: “I really enjoyed the race, it was brilliant and I never thought I’d improve on my time from last year by more than 20 minutes. The second half of the course was really tough, especially through Luxulyan.”
The winning female runner in the Marathon was Naomi Tier, 26, from Truro who runs with Cornwall Athletic Club. Naomi’s time was three hours, 12 minutes and 24 seconds, an improvement of more than 25 minutes on the leading female runner in last year’s race. Remarkably, this was the first time Naomi has run a marathon. Naomi said: “It was really tough, especially the first half, but it was a good race and I’m ecstatic to have won, especially as it’s my first marathon.”
The Half Marathon
Oliver Gibson, 31, from Newquay who runs with Newquay Road Runners, won the Half Marathon. His time was one hour, 16 minutes and 36 seconds. Oliver said: “The course was tough but really good fun, I’d describe it as ‘spiky’. I didn’t really know the course beforehand but it was nice to run and not know what to expect. I ran within myself and it was great to win.”
The fastest woman in the Half Marathon was Mhairi Saville, 33, from Mounts Bay, who runs with Mounts Bay Harriers. Her time was one hour, 30 minutes and 36 seconds. Mhairi said: “It was hard but good, the course was very up and down. It was great to see so much cheering from the crowds, they were very supportive.”
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