Running To Eden

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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.

img_6146To 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).

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Then comes the finish. After having run through all the hilly bits, on the last mile you finally can let go and run downhill to your well deserved beer and Cornish pasty. The Eden Project was build inside a huge crater, an exhausted clay pit, and so you are running down there. That is a lot of fun and when you finally pass the finish line it all has a very surreal feeling. I loved it. Apart from that, I did manage to pace myself so that I had enough strength left to give smiles to the outstandingly friendly marshals and especially for the last stretch that makes you feel you entering paradise. This event is an absolute must for all marathon enthusiasts!

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