Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 17:09

The Eden Project’s marathon and half-marathon, two of the UK’s most picturesque and challenging races, return for the third year running on Sunday October 9 this year (2011).

The event is one of many happening at Eden to mark the project’s tenth birthday and will see more runners than ever before pummelling the paths at the home of the famous Biomes and the surrounding area.

As in previous years, the races will be run in partnership with St. Austell Running Club.

Both races take place simultaneously and begin and end in the shadow of Eden’s Biomes. The route runs through the changing landscape of the clay country, an area of mid-Cornwall whose landscape is dominated by the china clay industry. It takes in clay pits and tips, beautiful woodland and even parts where you can see both of Cornwall’s coasts on a clear day.

During the race, the Eden Project will have bands, choirs and activities available for waiting family and friends, who will be given free admission. The Eden site will be open throughout the day for those who want to take the time to explore the Biomes and outdoor gardens.

At the end of the races, runners will be treated to perhaps the most deserved pint and pasty of their lives and every finisher takes away a medal, t-shirt and goody bag.

The day before the big races will see younger runners travel “around the world” in Eden’s one-mile fun run, whose route runs through both the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as well as Eden’s outdoor gardens.

For marathon and half-marathon runners, the Saturday will see Eden host a pre-race pasta party where runners can pack in the carbohydrates and have the opportunity to socialise with their fellow athletes.

Tracey Smith, Eden’s Commercial Manager, said: “This year promises to be our best event yet with runners coming from all over the world to compete. After a successful first two years, word is spreading about our races and we’re expecting a great turnout. These are quickly becoming some of the most exciting and interesting races on the calendar.”

Entries for all races are now being accepted. Places cost £30 for the marathon and £23 for the half-marathon with a £2 discount for affiliated runners, to book see

Participants can sign up to run for any charity they choose but one option is to run for Eden, raising money in support of its rainforest projects. Rainforests clean the air, make rain, and regulate climate. To join Eden's team and "run for the rainforest", please email or download the fundraising pack from