Rob Kernaghan, is having an amazing month of running. At the beginning of the month he took part in the Man up, Man down challenge, a 20K coastal challenge, starting at Portreath and running along the rugged north Cornwall coast to Perranporth. Then last weekend saw him complete his 250th Park Run, demonstrating an amazing long term dedication to running.
Last weekend saw the local half marathon and marathon taking place at Eden. With many pioneers taking part in both versions of this multi-terrain route. With the two routes starting together, just outside of Eden athletes then run along the road to St Blazey, before heading towards Prideaux Woods. From here athletes follow the River Par and head towards Luxulyan, then continue on the road Roseney Mill then Corgee Farm before Tredinnick. Just before the 8 mile mark the half marathon athletes continue on the road, but the marathon runners turn off. Staying with the half marathon route, takes the athletes to the bowling green, then passes the Innis Inn campsite before returning to the Eden Project. The half marathon has an impressive elevation of 1145 feet, whereas the marathon boosts an incredible 2595 feet of elevation.
Returning half marathon Eden runner Nick Pope, finished the run in 1:54:37, followed by Jennine Fisher with a time of 2:08:31, closely followed by Jenny Cartwright with a time of 2:11:32. Next for the Pioneers was Becky Brewer, completing the 13.1 mile run in 2:39:32, with Lynne Overd finishing in 3:15:01.
For the marathon runners they keep to the same first 7 and a half miles as the half marathon runners, just before the 8 mile mark they head towards Helman Tor, before coming to Lanlivery and Colligree. For miles 15-17 the athletes return to Luxulyan Valley, enjoying some of the off-road running this route is known for. From here the marathon runners complete the initial loop around Roseney Mill then Corgee Farm before Tredinnick and complete the same route as the half marathon runners.
There were over 200 runners taking part in the Marathon, Emma Langstaff came back first for the Pioneers, and completed this hard hilly route in 3:49:40, making her the third female back for the race. Sally Crabb completed the 26.2 mile route in 4:46:53.
While Darren Hardwick took part in the Manchester Marathon. Starting on Chester road, and running past Old Trafford, from here the athletes loop around the city centre. Then on this flat route, athletes get to run alongside Manchester Ship canal, towards Wharfside. From this point, athletes rejoin Chester Road, for mile 8- 13. Running onto Timperley, and then Altrincham, before looping around and heading out towards Baguley and Sale Moor. For the last few miles, the athletes do one final loop of Edge Lane and Seymour Grove. Darren finished his 26.2 miles in 4:48:39.