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Friday, October 4, 2019 - 16:45

Elite Kenyan runner Benard Rotich will be one of more than 1,500 competitors taking part in the 10th annual Eden Project Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday October 13.

Over the last decade, the event has become a firm fixture in the running calendar, offering hilly multi-terrain courses around the famous site, following a challenging route through areas of spectacular mining heritage and beautiful countryside landscapes.

Alongside Benard, who is running the half-marathon, multiple previous winners and runners-up are back for the 2019 event. Competitors are travelling from as far as Malta, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia.

Former Eden Marathon stars returning to take part include Bournemouth-based 2018 winner Stuart Nicholas, whose finishing time was two hours, 53 minutes and 25 seconds, and Jamie Stephenson from Chacewater who placed third that year.

Last year’s fastest woman, ultramarathon competitor Charlie Ramsdale from Dartmouth, who finished with a time of three hours, 35 minutes and 52 seconds, will again participate, as will Suzanne Davis from Cheddar in Somerset, who came in second.

Marc Smerdon from Liskeard, one of the event’s most decorated participants, will be taking part in the half-marathon having achieved second place in last year’s marathon.

He has also previously placed second in the 2013 marathon and was the 2015 marathon winner. He last ran the Eden half-marathon was in 2017 and came second.

Tracey Smith, Eden’s commercial manager, said: “Over the past ten years our Eden Marathon and Half-Marathon have grown to a point where they are now a key event on many runners’ calendars.

“We are absolutely thrilled to see so many shining stars return to celebrate this special occasion with us. The involvement of Benard will ensure this year’s event will be another one to remember. Here’s to another ten years!”

Everyone who finishes the races will be awarded a themed medal and in what has become an Eden Marathon and Half-Marathon tradition, all runners receive a beer and pasty.

Benard is running as part of a partnership between Eden and fellow charity Five Talents.

As well as taking part in the race, Benard and top coach Martin Yelling will be offering a special running weekend for a small group of lucky runners who have been drawn at random. The group will also have a private tour of the world-famous Biomes with Eden chief executive Gordon Seabright.

For more details on the Eden Marathon and Half-Marathon see www.edenproject.com.