Date: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 14:30
The Eden Project is partnering with fellow charity Five Talents to give Eden Marathon entrants the unique chance to train with elite runner Benard Rotich and top coach Martin Yelling.
 
Cornwall’s biggest running day, the Eden Marathon and Half Marathon, returns for its 10th year on Sunday October 13. To coincide with the event, Five Talents is offering a running weekend for 30-40 lucky competitors.
 
Not only will they receive free training and advice from London Marathon’s coach Martin and Kenyan elite marathon runner Benard, they will also have a private tour of the world-famous Biomes with Eden chief executive Gordon Seabright.
 
Five Talents’ sponsor, Stewardship, will pay race entry fees, accommodation for two nights at Eden, and offer a free ugali (a cornmeal porridge made in Africa) and pasta party before the big race.
 
Runners are being encouraged to be among the first to sign up for the random draw. Anyone is eligible to enter the draw.  If selected as one of the lucky winners entrants are asked to try to raise a minimum of £500 for Five Talents to help the charity bring literacy and savings and loans programmes to more rural communities across East Africa.
 
Martin Yelling will be around all weekend offering advice, answering questions and providing a training day before running the marathon or half marathon.
 
Martin and Benard will spend the day coaching runners through a gentle, inclusive training session and answering everything they want to know about being an elite athlete.
 
Rachel Lindley CEO of Five Talents UK said: “We’re thrilled to be linking up with Eden and their brilliant marathon and half marathon and to be able to offer runners the chance to train with Benard and Martin.
 
“They will be helping a fantastic cause – a great one to lace up your trainers for! Our unique model helps people set up and grow small businesses so they can meet their basic needs sustainably and with dignity.”
 
Eden’s Gordon Seabright is also a trustee of Five Talents and has run a marathon in Kenya in support of the cause.
 
He said: “Our tenth Eden Marathon and Half Marathon promises to be a very memorable one with the participation of Benard and Martin in support of Five Talents.
 
“The Five Talents programme is really making a difference in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and DR Congo. The result is more children can go to school, more women can build businesses and more villages can thrive.”
 
Places on the weekend event will be given away in a random draw after August 5. Five Talents welcomes couples signing up together - but each person must meet the minimum fundraising target.  For more information, email info@fivetalents.org.uk.
 
Since the foundation of Five Talents in 2005 donors have supported more than 200,000 families globally.
 
For more general information on the Eden Marathon, go to https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/eden-marathon-half-marathon.