The 1st Eden Project Marathon

seriously considering this one

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19/02/2009 at 09:48

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?

22/02/2009 at 09:48

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

22/02/2009 at 10:13
Darren, thanks so much for that brilliant information.  I'm looking forward to it
22/02/2009 at 17:43

On line entry is pure evil

I am in

18/03/2009 at 22:28

hmm - I quite fancy this.

Is it hilly?

22/03/2009 at 17:54
I'm in - just commited to it on line - yay (yikes)
23/03/2009 at 22:40
OK - I'm now sorted too! Pity I hate hills.
24/03/2009 at 17:32
hmm - i quite like hills - but i'm not sure about 26miles of them!
24/03/2009 at 23:49
25/03/2009 at 00:03

i spent all my child hood not far from there

i cannot think of many places that are not hilly

25/03/2009 at 00:06

Sounds like it would be nice

But it clashes with Birmingham

25/03/2009 at 07:28


Oh well

Until Brum put a marathon on-------

25/03/2009 at 07:31
Do you get a medal?
25/03/2009 at 08:08
I hope so - i know it's silly but i really like getting medals.  Probably something to do with never achieving at school!
31/03/2009 at 16:22


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.

01/04/2009 at 12:17
Sounds great - i'm really looking forward to this one.  New Garmin, speedwork, hill reps the lot - a new me is born!!
01/04/2009 at 12:40

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!

01/04/2009 at 12:44

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.

01/04/2009 at 19:07

Paul - don't worry - you won't put me off and it will be brilliant to to have a regular posting.


01/04/2009 at 21:47

Hi  Flipperjane

The coarse is not that hilly honest, ive trained on worse you will love it , the organisers have put alot of time and effort into this one which will make it one of those true magical Cornish experiences,the wife and i will be marshalling that day and cant wait to welcome Marathon runners from all parts of the UK and beyond ,this is truely going to be a special occasion

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