The annual Race to protect Cornwall’s wildlife

Thursday 8th November 2018

Race for Wildlife start by Dan Murphy

The race is on again to raise funds to protect Cornwall’s wildlife with runners from all over the county taking part in the annual Race for Wildlife on Sunday 2nd December in Penwith.

This stunning 7.5-mile race through the countryside north of Penzance takes in breath-taking views of Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount and is part of the Cornish Multi-Terrain Race Series for 2018. This will be the eighth year it has been held, and as always it attracts some of the county’s top runners. The event is organised by the Mounts Bay Harriers in collaboration with leading local wildlife charity Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and will once again be hosted at Penwith College.

Race for Wildlife will attract anyone who wants to help the Trust raise vital funds for the work they do for the wildlife of Cornwall. A percentage of entry fees will be donated to the Trust. Additional sponsorship forms are downloadable from the event page for anyone wanting to raise additional funds for the Trust

A challenging route, the race includes off-road tracks through fields with the added obstacle of Cornish stiles to cross, uneven stony ground across the moors, as well as tarmacked roads. The first half of the run is uphill with the second half being downhill with a slight kick uphill to the finish at Penwith College.

The race is not suitable for wheelchair users. No dogs are allowed on the college premises or to run in the race due to livestock in some fields. No earphones/iPods/personal stereos are allowed to be worn or instant disqualification.

Race HQ, parking, baggage area, toilets and showers are at Porthcurno Building, Penwith College, St Clare Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2SA. Registration opens at 8.30am and the race begins at 10.00am. There will be coffee and hot drinks available from Espresso Mobile Barista Café plus home-made cakes, snacks, cold drinks and more, from 8.30am until 1pm. 

Yvonne Turner, Event Organiser for Mounts Bay Harriers says,

“We are pleased to once again be supporting Cornwall Wildlife Trust by organising Race for Wildlife. We see them as a very important charity and will be donating a percentage of all entrance fees to them as well as encouraging people to actively fundraise for them. The route is challenging but the views are spectacular and whether chasing a personal best or just taking part this is a fun and rewarding day out which at the same time will help Cornwall’s wildlife.”

Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation at Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,

“We hope the Race for Wildlife will raise as much money as possible for Cornwall’s wildlife. There is still a huge challenge ahead to ensure Cornwall’s natural environment and the fantastic wildlife we have is protected for future generations. From our bottlenose dolphins to the rare dormouse, to the wonderful heathlands found in Penwith, we work to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. Runners raising sponsorship will make a real difference to their local wildlife.”

Pre-entry fee for Race for Wildlife is £15 for Affiliated UK Athletics members or £17 for Non- Affiliated. On the day entry fee is £2 extra.

To enter the Race for Wildlife please visit where you can download an entry form. The Race for Wildlife is licensed under UK Athletics, UKA permit no.2018-33437.

Mounts Bay Harriers are the local running, triathlon and athletics club in Penwith. The Multi-Terrain Race Series is sponsored by Personal Best Running.