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Book in! The best local Cornish races for 2020

Looking to get fit for 2020? Start with my curated guide to the best local triathlons, runs and fun events, and I'll see you at the finish line.

Brown Willy Run 2020, The Jamaica Inn, Bolventor, PL15 7TS (1 Jan)

One for the diary next year. A well signed informal run, not a race, of about 7 miles. Mostly on open moorland, which may be wet, slippery, boggy or frozen, and it’s steep in places. Even when it doesn’t feel too cold at Jamaica Inn, it may be freezing and blowing a gale on the top of Brown Willy. Billed as the best hangover cure!

Freedom Racing – Clowance Woods, Clowance Estate, Praze an Beeble, Camborne, TR14 0PT (5 Jan)

Run through ancient woodlands, across the lawns of a stately home, along a golf course and the shore of a lake!  This is an approximately 4-mile race of two loops within the Clowance Estate, which is not normally open to the public. (No dogs).

Cardinham Woods Winter Series (5k 12 Jan) (10k 9 Feb) (1o miles 8 March)

Winter Series, 3 different timed trail events on 3 different routes over 3 months, getting progressively more difficult, starting with a 5k and culminating in a 10 miler.

The Arc of Attrition (31 Jan)

Cornwall’s toughest footrace – an extreme winter 100-miler in challenging winter conditions.

The Arc is a point-to-point race from Coverack to Porthtowan taking in 100miles of stunning and dramatic Cornish Coastpath, and will complete an Arc around the entire southwest foot of Cornwall. The race has a strict 35 hour cut-off with additional checkpoint cut-offs on the route. With checkpoints approximately 20 miles apart, competitors will need the ability to be self-sufficient for long periods of time.

Bodmin Half Marathon, (16 Feb)

Annual charity event that takes runners from Bodmin College into the grounds of the National Trust’s Lanhydrock Estate for two hilly laps offering stunning views. This year’s chosen charity is the Fire Fighters Charity. (No dogs or headphones)

The KVK, Driftwood Spas, St Agnes (7 March)

The ‘KVK’ Trail running race is a unique challenge; a Kilometre of Vert in Kernow! Two laps of a specifically designed route to reach the magic number of 1000m of ascent. 15-miles total distance of inland hills and coastal running with big climbs, and big downhills.

Par Duathlon: The Hare – Cornish Tri Series I (15 March)

5k closed road bike circuit and panoramic views along the stunning coastal run route – Par Duathlon is a treat, whether you are a hare or a tortoise.

Wadebridge Tri – The Camel – Cornish Tri Series II (10 May)

Voted best pool Tri in Cornwall in 2018 and 2019. The Camel boasts a rolling bike course on quiet roads near the coast before following the scenic Camel Trail into the estuary on the run. Junior participants will enjoy the fastest bike course in the series on smooth tarmac and a run on the sports fields.

The Cornish IMERYS Trail Marathon (17 May)

Participants traverse Cornwall’s China Clay landscape during this multi-terrain event that uses private trails, sand roads, & footpaths linked by short road sections. It gives breathtaking views of Cornwall’s countryside.

Newquay Tri: The Goat – Cornish Tri Series III (14 Jun)

Surfer’s Paradise, golden beaches and breathtaking cliff tops at this open water Tri. You won’t get a more picturesque setting than from the transition zone and finish line overlooking Newquay Bay.

Three disciplines – three spectacular beaches. Take a dip in Tolcarne’s crescent bay, master the fierce coastal ride fit for mountain goats and run all over the cliffs and headlands of Porth Beach and Watergate Bay. With a savage Olympic and Sprint course, beginner-friendly Super Sprint and junior races for all abilities, ‘The Goat’ is a treat for all running mermaids on wheels.

TSUNAMI 24 (19 Jun)

The most rugged, wild and remote section of the North Devon and Cornish coastline is set for some extreme fun along the clifftops and cliff trails. Choose from TSUNAMI 24 on Friday (75 miles) and Saturday an Ultra (37.5 miles), Marathon, 16 mile and 7.5 mile race.

Shoreline Triathlon, Bude (28 June)

Open Water Sprint Triathlon along the coastline of beautiful North Cornwall. 500m sea swim, protected by the Bude breakwater, 11 mile cycle along coastal roads and 3 mile run along canal towpaths and country lanes.

Tavistock Tri: The Squirrel – Cornish Tri Series IV (19 July)

Fall under the spell of ‘The Squirrel’ in the wild and cragged Dartmoor National Park. Take a dip at Mount Kelly’s Performance Swim Centre, home to Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists. Challenge yourself with a ride through the quiet wilderness of Dartmoor’s open moorlands and take in breathtaking views from towering viaducts on a mostly traffic-free run route. The finish line in front of Harry Potter style Mount Kelly School is sure to leave you bewitched.

The Rat, Roseland (7-9 Aug)

The RAT (Roseland August Trail Race Series) is a series of challenging coastal runs along the stunning South Cornwall Coastal Path. Choose from 64 miles, 32 miles, 20 miles & 11 miles along the Roseland’s glorious coast path.

Bodmin Tri: The Dragon – Cornish Tri Series V (31 Aug)

Get fired up for a swim at Bodmin’s Leisure Centre, unleash your inner dragon on a fast, rolling bike course, and claw yourself up through the enchanted forest surrounding the run loop towards Lanhydrock’s Victorian estate. With a leafy Sprint course, beginner-friendly Super Sprint and Junior events for all abilities, Bodmin Triathlon is a fun day out for the whole family.

Falmouth Tri: The Seal – Cornish Tri Series VI (13 Sep)

Golden sands, turquoise water and panoramic views over the Lizard Peninsula from Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle. The Grand Season Finale to the Cornish Tri Series in the calm waters of Cornwall’s swimming hotspot, the blue flag rated Gyllyngvase Beach, is a treat for all senses.

PLUS look out for:

parkrun 5k

Free weekly signed events across Cornwall: Penrose National Trust Estate, Lanhydrock House, Tamar Lakes, Mount Edgcumbe, Trelissick, Heartlands Eden Project, St Austell and new one at Lands End. Register once to get a barcode and then just turn up and run.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Runaround 10km

2020 date to be announced – fun 10k run around Newquay airfield raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance

South Point Trails – Marathon and Half Marathon

2020 date to be announced – fully signed coast path event with camping. Last year the Half Marathon race was to Mullion Cove and back, with the Marathon race to the British mainlands most southerly point, Lizard Point, and back again. Look out for the 2020 event.

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2 comments on “Book in! The best local Cornish races for 2020”

  • Antony Penhaul January 1, 2020

    Some good events here but you need to add Lands End to to the Parkrun list. Has been open for about 2 months but officially launching this weekend 4 January with Olympian Helen Glover.

    What about Freedom Racing’s Summer Series- stunning mainly coastal 10ks?

    • rachelbuchanan January 6, 2020

      Thanks Antony, I’ve added the Lands End parkrun.

      I thought I’d included what has been announced by Freedom Racing but I’ll double-check as coastal 10K sound great.


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