Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 16:08

The Eden Project Marathon is attracting runners from all over the world, including a Cornish ex-pat who will be travelling from her home in Switzerland especially for the race.

Helen Rees, who grew up in St. Austell and Fowey and now lives near Lausanne, will be returning to Cornwall to run the Eden Marathon on Sunday October 20, 2013.

Helen attended Fowey Primary School, before going to Penrice Community College and on to do her A-levels at St. Austell College.

She is a keen runner, although only started running three years ago, after participating in a 10 kilometre walk. Her most recent running achievement was completing the challenging 60-mile Ultra Trail South West this summer, which saw her taking to the South West Coast Path from Boscastle to Watergate Bay, by far the longest race she has ever tackled.

Helen is looking forward to the challenge of running the marathon with its unique scenery and backdrop. She said: “The reason I want to do this marathon is because it is different to your usual tarmac run.

“A marathon through Cornish lanes, past old china clay pits and through Luxulyan Valley woods - now that’s a run worth running!”

Helen has visited Eden previously with her family but is keen to see how things have changed since then. She said: “I visited with my children a few years ago and they loved it. I remember being blown away by the size and scale of it. I think there have been several new additions over the past few years though, so we are due for another visit.”

Not only is it a chance to take in the view of the Cornish countryside, for Helen it’s also a chance to meet up with old school friends who will be joining her on the run. She said: “The Eden Marathon is a great opportunity for us to catch up for a run and a pasty!”

Tracey Smith, Eden’s Commercial Projects and Relationship Manager, said: “We’re very pleased that Helen is coming back to Cornwall to run the Eden Marathon and we wish her all the best in the race.

“It’s great to hear that the Eden marathon and half-marathon are capturing the imagination of people around the world and giving people who have moved away from Cornwall an excuse to come and visit!”

The Eden Project’s marathon and half marathon started in 2009 but have been on hiatus since their third running in 2011. The races 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.

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 or view the full route at