Sponsoring the Imerys marathon is a chance for us to support local sport, the community and the landscape.
Each year, for one day only, the land of Cornwall’s China Clay Industry is open to the public for the Imerys Trail Marathon.
The marathon gives runners the chance to take in all the very best our clay country landscape has to offer, including incredible views of St Austell Bay and beyond. A truly unique experience for runners.
Amanda Moody, one of our directors, says local events like the Imerys marathon are an opportunity to support St Austell and its residents.
We’re delighted to sponsor the Imerys Marathon.
Being part of the St Austell community, not only as a business but as residents, is incredibly important to us. It’s part of what we’re all about. We’re a local, family business. We support local initiatives, sport and organisations to play our part in the achievements and economic growth of the town.
The location of SABP Conference Centre along the marathon’s route, against the backdrop of the iconic clay mounds at the gateway to St Austell, is especially fitting.
When we were looking for somewhere to build, our priority was to stay in St Austell as this is where St Austell Printing Company started. In developing the site our landscape designers worked alongside architects to ensure the building enhances the landscape, rather than being a blight on it.
We’ve taken every measure to protect the existing flora and fauna that surrounds our space, putting time, respect and consideration in to preserving every ecological and cultural aspect of the area. In return, this space has enabled us to stay in the town we’ve been part of for 30 years.
Running on the moon
The operational working sites, along with land which has been regenerated from the industrial past, provides a challenging and spectacular course for the Imerys Marathon in May.
With only short sections of road, this multi terrain route takes you on sand roads which will leave you thinking you have been on the moon! Together with private farm land and picturesque tracks and trails, the course offers stunning vistas of Cornwall’s countryside and coastline at it’s very best.
Terry Wyatt from St Austell Running Club who organise the race, says sponsorship is instrumental to the success of the event:
SABP’s help and expertise are invaluable. In producing the event leaflets they play a key part in promoting the Imerys Marathon.
With support from SABP and other sponsors we’re able to give local runners the opportunity to take part in a one-off event and enjoy otherwise inaccessible routes. It is truly a remarkable and unforgettable local event.