Competition for an exclusive Running Weekend at Eden the 11-13th of October 2019!

Benard Rotich runs in Dublin 2017.

Benard Rotich runs in Dublin 2017.

Join the Five Talents team in Cornwall - we’re offering an exclusive running weekend to 30-40 lucky runners for the Eden Project’s Marathon & Half Marathon this October!

Not only will you receive free training and advice from London Marathon’s Coach Martin Yelling & Kenyan elite marathon runner Benard Rotich, but you’ll also receive a free private, after hours tour of Eden Project’s biomes from CEO Gordon Seabright.

Five Talents’ generous sponsors, Stewardship & Simmons Gainsford Group, will pay your race entry fee, two nights’ accommodation on site at the Eden Project, and offer a free Ugali & pasta party before the big race. Be among the first to sign up for our random draw, as you won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity in Eden.

Join us with Marathon Talk & London Marathon’s Coach Martin Yelling who will be around all weekend long offering advice, answering questions, and providing a training day before running Eden’s marathon or half marathon — all at no cost if you commit to raising funds for Five Talents. Martin will be joined by Kenyan elite marathon runner Benard Rotich (who has won both Dublin and Belfast marathons - and is a strong favourite for Eden parkrun and marathon course records)! Martin & Benard will spend a day coaching you through a gentle, inclusive training session and answering everything you wanted to know about being an elite athlete.

Hopefully, you’ll score your own personal best after some tips from Martin & Benard - and there will be plenty of time to relax, enjoy beautiful Cornwall, and make new friends too!

Martin running for Five Talents in Kericho, Kenya.

Martin running for Five Talents in Kericho, Kenya.

Your goal? Try to raise £1,000 (minimum £500) for Five Talents to help us bring literacy, savings and loans programmes to more rural communities across East Africa. Our unique model helps people set up and grow small businesses so they can meet their basic needs sustainably and with dignity. A fantastic cause to lace up your trainers for! For more information email info@fivetalents.org.uk today, or contact us. See the draft itinerary for the weekend below.

Friday 11th October: Arrive at Eden and join us for a team dinner including a private after hours tour of the biomes at the Eden Project.

Saturday 12th October: - Morning: An optional Eden parkrun in the morning then a private Q&A / training session with London Marathon coach Martin Yelling and Kenyan marathon champion Benard Rotich.

- Afternoon: Free time to check out the lovely beach.

- Evening: Free pasta & Ugali party and public Q&A with Martin Yelling and Benard Rotich.

Sunday 13th October: Eden Marathon or Half Marathon event. Following the event we will have a team lunch before heading home.

We will be giving away places in a random draw after the 5th of August - enter the draw by signing up below. Anyone is eligible for entry as long as they commit to raising a minimum of £500 for Five Talents if they are selected as a winner. We welcome couples to sign up together - but each person must meet the minimum fundraising target. Winners must provide their own transport to Cornwall, and food throughout the weekend (aside from our fabulous Ugali & pasta party).

This competition is closed - but if you’re interested in participating in a running weekend with Five Talents, or fundraising for us on your next run email our events team at events@fivetalents.org.uk for more details.


It is Cornwall’s biggest running event held on October 13th!

Eden Project offers a full marathon and half marathon on a multi-terrain route. Learn more here.


Five Talents works with 22,000 entrepreneurs across East Africa, providing them with basic financial services. Your fundraising will go straight into our programmes to maximize the impact you have.


Five Talents will pay for accommodation, race entry, Martin Yelling training day, and a private tour of Eden with CEO Gordon Seabright. You only have to find your way to Cornwall and pay for your food.


This event is generously sponsored by Stewardship & Simmons Gainsford Group.