seriously considering this one
Does anyone have insider info - calling St. Austell runners!!!!
What is the course like i wonder - multi terrain sounds fun. The weather could be great or foul in October.
I wonder when one needs to enter - limit 500 people. Do you think this will grab people's imagination and fill up fast.
I need something to aim for - if only i could sort my back out
anyone else interested?
Although Multi terrain, the route uses established footpaths and "the Clay Trails". For the marathon, the first half is c. 70% off road, and the second half c.70% on road, (making the whole route c. 50:50)
The race starts & finishes at Eden. On the marathon route from Eden, the clay trails are followed towards Bugle. A footpath is picked up at Rosevean, leading to Kerrow Moor. Again a footpath to Treverbyn, and then one of the more serious climbs to the top of Carloggas downs. After a drop at the back of Carloggas downs, the road crosses into Imerys land (former clay workings closed to public). The route then picks up the clay trails to Carclaze - a couple of short climbs around Carclaze (views over St Austell Bay), and back to Eden, for the second half of the Marathon.
(This is also the route of the half Marathon) From Eden, the route drops down through Prideaux Woods to St Blazey, where it picks up the Canal Path to Ponts Mill. From here, the route goes up the LHS path through Luxulyan Valley, and onwards to Luxulyan (incline all the way). The route then follows the back-roads, via the quarry, Kernick Farm, Tredinnick, Lower Menadue (a few hills in that stretch), Lavrean, Bowling Green, before joining the clay trails (at Treskilling) back to Eden.
Not sure if you can PM me via this system, but if so, I can let you have further details. Also check the St Austell Running Club site for updates at http://www.staustellrunningclub.co.uk/eden%20project%20Marathon.html
On line entry is pure evil
I am in
hmm - I quite fancy this.
Is it hilly?
i spent all my child hood not far from there
i cannot think of many places that are not hilly
Sounds like it would be nice
But it clashes with Birmingham
Until Brum put a marathon on-------
Yes you will get a quality medal and a technical t-shirt, plus a goody bag. Free entry to the Eden Project for the weekend (half price entry for families) with a chance to browse the Race Village, and carbo-load at the Saturday Evening Pasta Party.
There will also be a free Cornish Pasty after the marathon.
Look forward to seeing you there.
It will be challenging, but the scenery on route is superb. I have done several multi-terrain and trail marathons and I would certainly give it a go if I wasn't tied up with organising.
I intend to run the full route soon and will keep the forum posted. Might even put a profile on, but don't want to put you off!
Paul, you said two magic words in your post - "medal" and "pasty".
I'll need to check if this clashes with the Henley Half, which I've done every year for 10 years now.
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