Cornish Marathon And Fun Run

Photos © Paul Patterson

The Cornish Marathon is Cornwall's only all road marathon. It began in 1984 and originally started out from Saltash following the A38 and A390 to Lostwithiel. It started out as a wager between two organisers John Foster and Stephen Henderson that one could run faster than the other. Despite being run for charity, only 27 runners took the plunge, the winner managing 2.29 minutes and 15 secs, something to make all race winners this millenium envious. 78 runners turned out the next year and in 1987 it was handed over to East Cornwall Harriers.

Relocating to Rilla Mill in 1994, taking in much of the present route, it presented competitors with 3 miles of steady climbing from the gun. Finally changing to Pensilva, it starts from Millenium House, a much gentler introduction to the scenic circular out and back route which takes runners along the Draynes Valley, through the 'Poldark' country of Bodmin Moor, past King Arthur's legendary Dozmary Pool, Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn at Bolventor and back along the Fowey Valley, taking in a climb to Foredown between miles 24 and 25, which most runners will remember for a long time, and not just for the fabulous views !

2018 Race Information

The 2018 Cornish Marathon will be held on November 4th 2018. Below you will find information on the race, exact details will be added closer to the event date.

  • Next Cornish Marathon race date is 04/11/2018.
  • The Cornish Marathon starts at 10am from Millenium House, Pensilva.
  • The race is limited to 450 entries and always sells out fast.
  • Entries are £25 to EA Members, £27 non affiliated.
  • If you have had confirmation of a place then you will be contacted in early October with full race information.
  • THE RESERVE LIST IS NOW CLOSED - There is a reserve list in operation which will be limited to a maximum of 40.

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  • The next Cornish marathon will be Sunday November 4th 2018 at 10.00am
  • The Cornish marathon is now FULL.

THE RESERVE LIST IS NOW CLOSED - A reserve list will be in operation in case of withdrawals but this will be limited to a maximum of 40.

Thanks to all entrants for your support.
Entries are Closed.

There will be NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY.

Please find links to Race Day Instructions and the Car Parking Map

(1 Mile Fun Run - Please register on the day as usual) See Fun Run page here for more information.


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