The Eden Project is limbering up for its newest, most accessible sporting event with the announcement that it will host five-kilometre parkruns every Saturday morning, starting on November 11.
Established in 2004, parkruns take place in outdoor locations around the UK and in 14 other countries. They are always free and are open to runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities, from beginners to Olympians.
Eden’s parkrun is designed to be easier than some others as it takes place entirely on tarmac, unlike those which have off-road elements. The course begins in the coach park at the top of the site before entering the main garden and taking a scenic route around the paths in front of the world-famous Biomes.
Like all parkrun events, the Eden Project parkrun is a personal challenge and not a race. Participants set their own targets and will receive their times by text, email and through the parkrun website ().
It’s entirely organised by local volunteers with support from the Eden team. The events are inclusive and friendly, encouraging physical activity within a supportive community. After crossing the finish line, parkrunners, volunteers and supporters can gather in the Eden Kitchen where refreshments will be available.
Announcing the new event, Eden Chief Executive and experienced parkrun participant Gordon Seabright said: “The Eden parkrun has been designed to be an accessible and fun morning run for everyone.
“Our aim is to build up a real community spirit as the event establishes itself. We hope to encourage more people to get out running or walking, improve their fitness and meet new people at the same time.
“This will be a great event for beginners, who may be entering their first organised event, as well as for seasoned athletes who should have a good chance of setting a new personal best on our course.”
Eden’s parkrun is a free event that will take place every Saturday morning at 9am, starting on November 11. Participants and volunteers are required to register through the parkrun website () and print off a barcode in order to receive a time. Friends and family of runners will be allowed free entry to Eden for the morning.
The parkrun is the latest addition to Eden’s growing portfolio of sporting events and activities. The ninth annual Eden Project Marathon and Half-Marathon happens on Sunday October 14, 2018 and the fourth annual Eden Classic cycle sportive will be taking place on Sunday May 13, 2018.
Photograph: Emily Whitfield-Wicks