… my medal picture. I also updated the All My Marathons page with the latest events, times and thoughts since Edinburgh in May.
I sensed this marathon would be a special one. And it turned out to be right. The Eden Project itself is a must see place. Set up as a charity this insane project of creating a Rainforest and a Mediterranean world under domes that look like clustered bubbles (and host so called biomes) is as wonderful as it sounds. In addition these domes are surrounded by a buzzing and botanical life celebrating landscape, with all sorts of art installations and sculptures blending in. It is a place where you can wander and wonder and spend hours discovering and engaging with big and small topics around us humans, the environment we live in with and how everything inter-connects.
To be fair, at the start line you don’t see much from the Eden Project. The surrounding parking is so big, that you can be within the Eden Project area without seeing the actual buildings. For the marathon the changing facilities and the bag drop are down there, but when you come by car and leave all you stuff in the boot, you don’t need to go there. And it is actually quite a distance from the starting line, but if you have time and want to, it is a good opportunity to see where you will finish. Between start and finish you won’t see much of the Eden Project either. But the surrounding landscape is a stunner in its own right. I had one of those moments where I felt like being thrown into a huge movie set of a fantasy or Sci-Fi production (without cameras and actors of course).
On my way to Cornwall to run the Eden Marathon. Arrived at Newquay Airport, hired a car, went down to my B&B in St Austell and spent the afternoon in awe and wonder at the Eden Project. It is a truly awesome place.
In the evening I met my running buddy Hakeem and in search of a nice place to get our carb intake, we came to Charlestown. In the sunset and at the seaside, with the little port, ships and inns it looked to me like an out-of-worldish place, like something you only see as paintings or so. Absolutely loved it.