Eden Project Half Marathon

These two races took place on Sunday 15th October in good running conditions, dry and clear, albeit a little warm! CRN was represented by Sam, Steve, Sarah, Marion, Ann, Hels and Brian in the half marathon. We were sent two free Eden Project tickets for spectators, in the race pack and also a timing chip to wear on the ankle, so we looked forward to a great day out and we were not disappointed!

This event is described on the offical website as

“A firm fixture in the running calendar, the Eden Project Marathon and Half Marathon offers hilly multi-terrain courses around the famous site, following a challenging route through areas of spectacular mining heritage and beautiful countryside landscapes”

The clue here is in the description – challenging! With lots of undulations (ok hills) this event was truly multi-terrain, ranging from single file, rather muddy, woodland paths to more stoney trails and roads. There were plenty of downs though, a welcome relief and chance to pick up the pace a little too.

Parking was free and plentiful, and a short walk or free shuttlebus took us to the start line where there were loads of loos and no queue as there were so many!  The marshalls were brilliant, clapping and cheering, and giving clear directions. Water stations were every three miles (cups) and the general atmosphere was upbeat and friendly. The finish was one to remember – a lovely, welcome half mile or so downhill into the valley and domes, with massive cheers from the waiting crowd. After receiving medals, runners were guided through a tent to collect the T-shirt, a few goodies and vouchers for a well deserved free (meat or cheese) pasty and beer or more water. This hot treat went down very well!

Enjoy this event for the scenery and terrain, a PB may not be on the cards, but you’ll enjoy the challenge and may well walk some of the hills (well those of us heading for 2hr 15 – 2hr 30+ sort of times did anyway). The location is lovely and the challenge real, but definitely one to tick off the list, and having done it once it is very tempting to do it again to try to chip off a few minutes now the route is more familiar!

The course?  Multi-terrain and very scenic. Woods, paths, lanes, roads, it has it all.
Hills?  Oh yeah!!
Headphones? Banned, even the bone conducting ones, this was made very clear.
Organisation? Brillliant, the logistics were so easy for runners.
Ease of parking and getting to the start? Fantastic! (Altough road signs actually to Eden were infrequent)
Loos?  loads, no worries there!
Headphones? Nope
Marshalls? Brilliant and with names on our numbers people encouraged us by name which was fab.
Support? Not a great deal, some here and there at marshal points but they were loud, and the crowd at the finish certainly made up for that.
Bling? Pre-ordered male/female t-shirts and a medal – see pic

The date for the next Eden Project Half and Full Marathon is 14th October, 2018. Add it to your diary, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Congratulations to the CRN contingent and thanks for the photos.

Runners – please send us your event reports and photos so we can publish them here! We’d love to hear your news and we’ll only know about it if you tell us!! You can use the contact form to send us your email and upload your photos too.

Thank you, and happy running!