Following yesterday’s flooding, the Eden Project is fully open today (Sunday 16 December). The Shadows and Light Christmas experience is taking place around the site and in the Biomes as normal this evening from 5pm. Hot food and drink will be available all day. The ice rink will be fully open. Father Christmas visits are sold-out today and will go ahead. There are Father Christmas sessions available tomorrow and the rest of the week from 10:30 to 19:30 - please book in advance via the Father Christmas webpage.

Date: 
Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 11:45

Adam Holland, a 23-year-old runner from Tavistock, Devon, has become the youngest person to run 100 marathons, completing the feat at the annual Eden Project marathon today (October 10).

The previous record-holder was 28. Adam, who led the race until the 22nd mile, was second overall, with a time of two hours, 57 minutes and three seconds. He runs for Tavistock Athletics Club.

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.”

Eden also staged a half marathon, which was won by Oliver Gibson, 31, from Newquay who runs with Newquay Road Runners. 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.”

Nearly 1,500 people ran in the races and there were runners from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand to complement the strong Cornish showing.

The competitors crossed the line at the Eden Project in bright autumn sunshine and, in true Cornish style, enjoyed a glass of Sharp’s ale and a pasty after they crossed the finish line.

Ian Williams, Eden's Operations Director, said: "What an absolutely fantastic day from start to finish! The support and organisation was world class and even the weather came good for us. I'm really looking forward to the third Eden marathon next year."

Paul Bullock, Chairman of St. Austell Running Club, said: "This year's Eden Project marathon and half-marathon built on the huge success of last year's inaugural event and I'd like to thank the hard work of our club members. To have a St. Austell Running Club runner win the marathon was the icing on the cake."

For a full list of finishing times, see www.edenproject.com/marathon. The Eden marathon will return on October 9, 2011 (9/10/11), pre-registration starts tomorrow (October 11).

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