Olympic gold medallist Ed Coode to fire the starting pistol at the Eden Project marathon and half-marathon this Sunday
Race starts at 10am, media meeting point by the Foundation Building
WHAT: The fourth Eden Project marathon and half-marathon, returning after a two-year break, will be run on Sunday (October 20).
WHEN: The races start at 10am, the half marathon winners expected from around 11am, marathon winners from around 12.30pm. Medal ceremony for the half marathon takes place at 1pm and for the marathon at 3pm.
WHERE: Race starts by the SkyWire launch platform. Access for media is via the service entrance, parking by the Foundation Building. The finish line is in Eden’s arena and the medal ceremonies are in front of the Link building (between the Biomes).
WHO: Ed Coode, the Cornish rower who won gold in the 2004 Olympics in Athens as part of the coxless four team including Matthew Pinsent, will be firing the starting pistol to start the races.
The Eden Project’s marathon and half-marathon returns on Sunday (October 20).
The races 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.
Helen Rees, who grew up in St. Austell and Fowey and now lives in Switzerland, will be returning to Cornwall to run the marathon. Pete Roper from Dorset, who won the marathon in 2009 and 2011 and holds the course record, will also be running.
During the race, the Eden Project will have family workshops including flag-making and medal-making 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.
As in previous years, Eden is organising the event in partnership with St. Austell Running Club.
Everyone who competes will receive a medal, t-shirt, pasty and pint.
For a map of the route, see www.edenproject.com/marathon.