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1,000 runners take part in one of the country's most gruelling races

The course starts and ends at the Eden Project. Credit: ITV West Country

Over 1,000 runners took part in a marathon and half marathon at the Eden Project today.

But they didn't have too much time to enjoy the scenery, it's regarded as one of the most gruelling events in the UK. It's now in its sixth year.

We started in 2009 and it was in partnership with St.Austell running club and they came and approached us and through another conversation we talked about having an event which started and finished at Eden,and we thought what better way to connect with the environment which is what we do all the time.

– Tracey Smith, Eden Project
The course is regarded as one of the most gruelling in the country. Credit: ITV West Country

Around 300 runners took part in the full 26.2-mile race. The half marathon had a much bigger turnout. First across the line in the half marathon was Paul Whear from Cornwall Athletic Club. He wasn't fazed by the terrain.


Triple titans cause a stink at Eden Project

For the first time ever, the Eden Project has three Titan arums – the world’s biggest and smelliest flower – side by side in the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project. When it flowers, it lets out a putrid stench that many liken to rotting flesh, hence its nickname of “corpse flower”. In the wild, the smell attracts insects and animals that pollinate the plant.

Titan Arums in the Rainforest biome Credit: Eden Project

“I’m very excited to be bringing these horticultural marvels to Eden’s Rainforest Biome this year. "I think that Titan arums are a spectacular plant and I’m happy to see that they have captured the imagination of our visitors too.”

– Tim Grigg, Eden Project
The Arums can reach 3 metres high Credit: Eden Project

Eden Project named one of the world's top destinations

The Eden Project has been rated one of the world's must-sees. Credit: Dave Thompson/Route One Photography

The Eden Project in Cornwall has been rated one of the 500 best places to visit in the world.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has put the iconic biomes at number 281. The number one spot was taken by the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Ultimate Travelist is being published today, and has a reputation as a dream to-do list for many travellers.

Eden Project judged best landmark

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Eden project has been judged the UK's top landmark that best defines 21st century Britain.

The Cornish attraction beat the Angel of the North scultpure, Coventry Cathedral, by Athony Gormley as well as icons such as the London Eye and Edinburgh Castle. A panel of judges ranked the top 21 landmark structures after thousands of votes were cast by readers of travel magazines.


Elton John back to perform in Cornwall after 30 years

Sir Elton John will be performing at the Eden Project tonight. Credit: Newspix/ABACA/Press Association Images

The excitement is building as Cornwall prepares to welcome one of the biggest names in rock to its biggest music venue, the Eden Project, tonight.

It will be the first time Sir Elton John has performed in Cornwall in 30 years, and it's no surprise the event's 6,000 tickets were snapped up in minutes when they went on sale last December.

He's at the Eden Project for two nights as part of the attraction's summer session of concerts. Last time it was the Cornwall Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

We'll be at Eden live tonight, bringing you all the excitement from what is set to be one of the highlights of the Eden Sessions' 13-year history.

Sir Elton joins an illustrious list of more than 70 acts who have performed here since they began in 2002.

Eden Project founder Tim Smit speaking to ITV West Country's Ian Axton next to the stage where Elton John is performing tonight. Credit: ITV News

Motorhead will return to Cornwall

Motorhead return to Cornwall for the first time in 32 years Credit: PA: David Crane/Zuma Press

Motorhead will play at this year's Eden Sessions when they return to Cornwall for the first time in 32 years.

The Grammy winners have been announced as the latest headliner act for the Eden Project festival, joining Elton John and Ben Howard on the bill.

We are thrilled beyond words to be able to announce a band that will rock the Biomes in a way the Sessions have never heard before. This is a totally unique show and our first-ever hard rock Session.

Lemmy once said that if Motorhead moved in next door, your lawn will die. We'll have to counsel the plants before he breaks into Ace Of Spades.

To have the Stranglers as special guests promises a loud, proud and never-to-be-forgotten Session.

– Rita Broe, Eden's marketing director
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