Date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 17:02

The Eden Project’s marathon and half marathon will be returning by popular demand on Sunday October 20, 2013.

The races, which started in 2009 but have been on hiatus since their third running in 2011, take a scenic and challenging route through the dramatic “clay country” landscape before finishing in the shadow of the iconic Biomes.

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.

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.

As in previous years, Eden is working in partnership with St. Austell Running Club.

Tracey Smith, Eden’s Commercial Projects and Relationship Manager, said: “We’re very excited to be bringing these fantastic races back to the Eden Project. We are working closely with our friends at St. Austell Running Club to make sure this is the biggest and best race event since we started the Eden marathon in 2009.”

In the most recent races in 2011, the fastest man in the marathon was Pete Roper of Poole Athletics Club with a time of two hours 43 minutes and 12 seconds, breaking the course record he set in 2009. The winning woman was Karmen Pardoe from Middlesex who ran the course in three hours 16 minutes and 14 seconds.

In the last half marathon, the winning man was Andrew Morton of Kent Athletic Club who completed the race in a time of one hour 20 minutes and 29 seconds. The fastest woman was Jo Hayley from Southampton who crossed the line at one hour 30 minutes and 29 seconds, breaking the women's course record by seven seconds.

In the half marathon, entry costs £21 for runners affiliated with a club and £23 for unaffiliated runners. Entry to the marathon costs £28 for affiliated runners and £30 for unaffiliated runners. The winning man and woman in the marathon will received £250 in prize money each while their equivalents in the half marathon will be awarded £200 each. Everyone who competes will receive a medal, t-shirt, pasty and pint.

Runners can sign up now at www.edenproject.com/marathon.