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Maps for Marathon and Half Marathon

OS Map of the Imerys Marathon and Half Marathon
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Satellite Map of the Imerys Marathon and Half Marathon
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Route Description

The start of the Imerys Trail Marathon and Half Marathon is within the grounds of Cornwall College, which is race HQ, and was the former base of Imerys. The half marathon and marathon start together and run the first 8 miles of the course side by side. The runners of both events will twice circle the college building before running up a footpath which links onto one of the small sections of road that gives access to the “clay trails.” Clearly defined paths lead the runners alongside the old clay workings onto the public access areas that climb up onto the “skytrail”. From here, they will drop down onto Imerys land along sand roads.

Little Johns Pit
You will pass "Littlejohns mine" during the the run

The course then crosses a road and joins the first section of clay workings named “Gunheath,” winding its way across expanses of sand roads and pathways towards “Hensbarrow” which gives views across mid-Cornwall towards Bodmin Moor. Over another road crossing, they will again head onto Imerys land, this time “Littlejohns” works, weaving their way through clay settling tanks, and then entering an area from which gives the runners a view of the expanse of Littlejohns clay quarry. Breathtaking! Leaving this sight, sand roads again will be followed which eventually leads up onto "Carrancarrow Tip". This tip has been compared by a previous entrant to “running on the moon!” Spectacular views of both Cornwall’s countryside and coast line can be seen at this point of the course. At this point (approximately mile 8) the marathon and half marathon runners are split. We will pick up the final miles of the half marathon later in the description.

The marathon runners will then descend the tip along a track, where they then cross a private road to access “Blackpool Pit.” Once on the Blackpool Pit, the runners have a relatively flat run around the perimeter site road and will gain the most amazing views of the pit with its’ turquoise water. After circumnavigating Blackpool pit it’s back across the private road again. There is a short climb up to the back of "Carrancarrow Tip", then from the tip, sand roads, tracks and footpaths are followed until the runners meet a multi-use trail at “Whitemoor,” which they will follow through eventually dropping under a roadway and circling “Gilly’s dam.” Leaving the dam the runners progress back towards the “Littlejohns’” area along trails where deer and other wildlife have been seen.

Once back into “Littlejohns” the runners repeat the section through the tanks and the site of the working mine, returning to "Carrancarrow Tip". There then comes a steady descent, which is were the half marathoners will be directed after being spilt from the marathon runners onto internal Imerys pathways which run alongside the “Greensplatt” Road. This ends the running on Imerys land at around 21 miles (8 for the half marathon), leaving the runners to follow a tarmac road for approximately 1 mile, progressing then onto a public footpath and following a well-defined route until its termination, just above “Boskell Farm.” The course will run along a private lane in the ownership of the farm, and past the riding stables, joining another footpath which can get nice and muddy. This leads the runners down towards “Ruddlemoor.” At the end of this footpath, runners will again join the clay trails / cycle trail, and cross over the “William Cookworthy” footbridge at “Ruddlemoor.”

Coming off the footbridge back onto the clay trails, it’s a short road crossing before rejoining the sand tracks of the trails. The track is followed back up to the outskirts of St Austell, exiting at the lay-by where they entered the trail almost 23 miles earlier, and returning to the College along the same route they set out on.

The finish at Cornwall College will be a welcome site to the runners. There should be without doubt a strong sense of satisfaction and achievement in completing such a challenging 13.1 or 26.2 miles course. Witnessing views and sites that are not usually experienced during a running event. This is no ordinary running event!

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