We are delighted that Peter McGahan and Stefan Delourme are running 7 Marathons to raise money for Invictus ending for the 7th marathon at Eden. If you would like to run a half or full marathon with them to celebrate this amazing achievement then please get in touch.
The Eden Project marathon will be return for its fifth running on Sunday October 19 and the race will mark the finale of a gruelling charity challenge for two runners. Peter McGahan, owner of Worldwide Financial Planning in Truro, and Stephane Delourme, head chef at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, will be running seven marathons around the Celtic regions of Europe in spring and summer 2014, culminating in the Eden marathon.
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Peter and Stephane’s Celtic 7 Marathon Challenge is raising money and awareness for three children’s charities.
These are Invictus Trust, Ellie’s Haven – which offers relief to families with children suffering long term and life limiting illnesses and Action for Children, a national charity that speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged and neglected children and young people.
They will be running with a team of people, some of whom will do just one race and some who will take on the whole challenge with them. The challenge starts in May in Belfast and they will be running marathons in Brittany, Wales, the Isle of Man, Galicia in Spain and Scotland before finishing at Eden in October. Peter said:
“This is the challenge of a lifetime. We planned the marathons to finish our running tour of the Celtic regions of Europe with one of the toughest and most scenic marathons in the UK at Eden. This has already been an incredible journey for Stephane, myself and all of our supporters. The training has been difficult but incredibly rewarding and we’re very proud to be raising funds and awareness for three very important charities.”
Stephane added “Its easy to accept that age closes in our options but with a challenge like this we push these boundaries back out and learn much more about ourselves. Its exciting but very rewarding. We have the very best team looking after us in the head physio from Team GB athletics for the olympics, Gordon Bosworth. Gordon has put together our whole team who advise us including Team GB’s ex sports psychologist. We are learning at a fast pace and passing this learning on via our Facebook page and twitter and to those who will be running with us. Its a real privilege.”
Peter and Stephane are looking for other runners to join them for the final leg at Eden. Anyone who is interested can contact them through their Facebook www.facebook.com/celtic7marathonchallenge , or Twitter www.twitter.com/celtic7marathon
Running alongside the Eden marathon will be the project’s half-marathon. Each race starts and finishes at the Eden Project and takes a challenging route through the breath-taking landscape of mid-Cornwall’s “clay country”. During the race, the Eden Project will have bands, choirs and activities available for waiting family and friends, who will be given free admission. The Eden site will be open throughout the day for those who want to take the time to explore the Biomes and outdoor gardens.
For marathon and half-marathon runners, the Saturday will see Eden host a pre-race pasta party where runners can pack in the carbohydrates and have the opportunity to socialise with their fellow athletes.
In the half marathon, entry costs £21 for runners affiliated with a club and £23 for unaffiliated runners. Entry to the marathon costs £28 for affiliated runners and £30 for unaffiliated runners. The winning man and woman in the marathon will received £250 in prize money each while their equivalents in the half marathon will be awarded £200 each. Everyone who competes will receive a medal, t-shirt, pasty and pint.
Runners can sign up now or view the full route at www.edenproject.com/marathon so if any of you wish to support them please sponsor them or even runa with them!