In short: This race makes my heart sing! In full: Fourth go at the marathon here, and loved it yet again. Really enjoyed the new route which was magnificently tough and demanding yet completely enjoyable (in a sadistic kind of way!) As everyone has said everywhere (here, facebook, etc), the marshals and volunteers were amazing and massive thanks to every individual out on the course and to the Eden Project and St Austell Running Club - this is a magnificent event. How to improve? Bring back the fun runs - my boys were very sad to miss out, and make the t-shirt technical so that I can wear it training. Date of review: October 24, 2013
In short: A great introduction. In full: First ever tri and nerves aplenty! Didn't need to worry - lots of other 'ordinary' folk having a go! Good debrief at the start of the swim, secure transitions, encouraging marshalls out on the bike route which had a cheeky little climb at the end and then a run round the school fields - the grass made it hard work!! Only criticism was the price of the official photographs - half the price and there would have been many more orders, especially for the kids event on the day before, which, incidently, my eldest loved and can't wait to try another!! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: A great weekend of races for all ages In full: I'd lowered my expectations of the race having read previous years reviews on here, but I was pleasantly surprised, and find the amount of negativity on here a bit surprising.
I found the best bits to be the support around the course: people bothering to come out of their houses with drinks, jelly babies, hoses etc really makes a difference. Pipers, drummers and pubs with music all helped to provide a great atmosphere.
Some bits of the course were lovely and other bits so so - there was enough variety to avoid complete tedium!
It was a great weekend being able to watch the 5 and 10k races on the Saturday, along with the kids races - and it's great to see kids getting proper medals and t-shirts.
The hub was a bit of a disappoitment - was expecting more in terms of stalls, physio, massage etc.
Yes, it was a long walk back to the buses with a big queue, but it didn't take hours and was smoothly organised.
A massive thanks to the Red Cross who helped me at the finish - I was in a bit of a state and they did their job well - on a very busy day for them.
Would I do the marathon again? Not personally as it hasn't got enough pull over othere marathons, but we are definitely thinking about a family weekend away next year with the kids joining in, and my and my husband doing a race each day. Date of review: June 1, 2012
In short: Great idea and great fun! In full: I missed the previous 10k back in October but was really glad to have got the flyer for this event in another race's goody bag (Obelisk). A low key event with virtually no support out on the glorious route, other than a few bemused walkers and tourists, but it still had a great atmosphere. A monster downhill start proved to be a monster uphill finish made only slightly more bearable by the support from the others runners of your county. Absolutely stunning scenery on route with a superb mix of off-road surfaces. Several killer hills, both up and down made for a challenging run. Well organised and great(plentiful and humourous) signage on the route meant there were few marshalls; only at road crossings, but these guys did a great job of encouraging everyone, as did the people at the water and jelly baby/bean stations. Great souvenir t-shirt. Will look out for future events organised by these guys. Thanks for a great day! Date of review: January 30, 2012
In short: Special race in a special place In full: This is the 3rd year I've done the marathon and it just wasn't my day this time round. That just means I'll be back for more! Such a well organised race with the emphasis on quality not quantity (eg. no 'tat' in the goody bag) I did miss the laminated signs of encouragement from previous years but the marshalls and supporters on the course were just superb, even when I was going backwards!! Thank you again to Eden and STARC. Date of review: October 11, 2011
In short: Wicked weather, good race, great firemen! In full: I enjoyed this race, despite having to battle the wind and rain! Amazing marshalls had the toughest job - thanks to all! Liked the concept of the individual and relay racers together. Supporter-friendly (despite the weather) and a nice touch at the finish - firemen with medals, chocolates, flowers, drinks and kisses - superb!! Next year, maybe have some wheelbarrows/ bins for the water bottles en route. Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Good, friendly small field - enjoyed myself! In full: Too busy watching my footing to take in much of the scenery. Some sneaky climbs but nothing obscene! Thanks to all invlolved. Date of review: January 22, 2011
In short: Managed a pb so delighted!! I love this race In full: Having ran last year, I was determined to come back and run faster - I did by 12 minutes! This year we managed to see the glorious scenery and really enjoy the race. The marshalls, including children and dogs (!) were very encouraging and I loved the laminated signs along the route. A great atmosphere and both Eden and STARC shuld be really proud of what they are creating in this very special race. Yes it is very hilly, almost endless, but it's never going to be flat in Cornwall. A slight niggle would be having to go down into the Eden Project and then back up again, even if you had no bags - there was no need and runners could have gone from the pineapple car park, with their spectators, across to the start. Goody bag not up to last years standard and the race entry fee was supposed to include entry to Eden for a year but there were no signs of this on raceday?! The medal, massage, pasty and pint make up for this - almost perfect. Date of review: October 14, 2010
In short: Enjoyable - could be better, but could be worse! In full: A mixed bag of a race with lots of good points but other things that could be significantly better. The route has some lovely scenery but the looping round the city centre wasn't the best for motivation, although canny supporters could get to lots of cheer spots. The wet cobbles meant 'head down' for quite a while. Definite PB potential - I managed a much faster time than expected. Smooth orgaisation with plenty of crowds, given the weather, but some marshalls could have been more encouraging. The foil blanket was very much needed given the detours required to get back across the route after the finish. NOT value for money - expensive with very little to show for it, but not unexpected for a large city race. I'll probably be back next year. Date of review: September 8, 2010
In short: My first ever race - mad hills - mad weather - loved it!! In full: Not only was this my first marathon, it was my first ever race. Overall, it was amazing and I would love to come back next year, if only to see some of the promised amazing scenery. It was very rushed to get from the Fun Run back up to the Marathon start - could have done without the extra running! Most of the marshalls on the course were excellent, especially the two ladies at point 9 - they were just as encouraging on the way back as they were on the way out - superb. There were some big gaps between marshalls near the end of the race, and with a lot of running in isolation (which I didn't mind one bit) it would have been nice to see someone confirming you were on the right path. Hills were as expected (lots of them, and very regular) and I loved the terrain. Stunning medal, which has barely been off my son's neck and excellent goody bag for the Fun Run. Soft drinks would be nice, as well as the beer. Great pasty. Thanks to Eden and STARC for igniting the 'running' fire in my belly!! You've set a high standard. Date of review: October 16, 2009