The final countdown
There are just 16 days to go until the Imerys Trail Marathon and Half Marathon.
The organisers have made some slight changes to the course this year to save crossing a major road but this now means that runners will be able to run through the grounds of the Wheal Martyn Museum and take in the views of another working china clay pit.
The course is a real mixture of terrain, with tarmac road, sand roads, public footpaths and private farmland thrown in.
With much of the course not accessible to runners other than on this one day of the year, this is challenging course not to be missed.
Entry costs £14 for the half and £20 for the full (entry on the day will incur a £2 extra charge) and every finisher with receive a medal and a goody bag.
Races depart from the grounds of Cornwall College, St Austell at 10am on Sunday, May 14, after which at 10.30am there will be a fun run around the College grounds aimed at children who will all receive a medal and a certificate.
Becky James said: “Entries seem to be in line with 2016 which was a bumper year for us and we are optimistic that with online entry being open until Monday, May 8 and on the day entry available.
“It will again be a record year for participants. Our races offer exceptional value at only £20 for the marathon and £14 for the half marathon and all finishers receive a medal and goody bag, plus get to take in the beautiful views from clay country whilst out on the course.”
A spokesperson from Imerys added: “We’re happy to be opening up our land again for runners to enjoy. Both events offer a truly unique running experience.
“St Austell Running Club do an excellent job of organising the races and we are delighted to continue our relationship with them in what is their 10th anniversary year.
“We’ve had to make some changes to the course for 2017 to avoid crossing a major road, but this now means that runners will also be able to enjoy the trails and scenery at the Wheal Martyn Museum whom we also have close connections with.”
The race covers a large area, starting at the college, both races climb up to the clay trails at West Carclaze and follow the clay trail that goes to Wheal Martyn Museum, then cuts through the trails at Wheal Martyn Museum to gain access to Imerys active Wheal Martyn Pit where runners will then cross over into Gunheath pit, up a very steep sand road hill to run the perimeter of Hensbarrow, before reaching Highermoor and crossing back onto Imerys operational pit, Littlejohns.
The race will then take runners across Carrancarrow tip where they can enjoy beautiful views.The race then splits with the half marathon runners then making their way back towards St Austell on the Greensplat road via Boskell Riding stables.
The marathon runners then get to take in a loop of Blackpool pit, before returning to Littlejohns and basically then following the same course as the half marathon.
Organisers are also looking for people who would be able to volunteer to marshall and help make the race the continued success that it is.
The organisers would like thank the sponsors for this year who are: Jefferys Estate Agents, Stephen-Scown Solicitors, Nomenca, Thirsty Work, Glendale, St Austell Printing Company and Eco Bos who have sponsored the races numbers.
Thanks also to Wheal Martyn Museum and Boskell Riding Stables for allowing the races to run through their land.
For more information visit: http://www.imerystrailmarathon.co.uk or to enter click: http://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=3120