ANNUAL favourite The Classic Quarter ultra marathon event returns this weekend.

The Endurancelife event, which takes place on Saturday, challenges competitors to run non-stop from the southernmost point of England, Lizard Point, to the most western, Land's End, along the South West Coast Path.

This translates to running 90 degrees of the compass, hence the name, Classic Quarter.

The Cornish marathon can be undertaken as a solo, a relay team of two, or as a relay of four. The atmosphere is said to be of 'friendly rivalry' and has become an annual favourite with Cornish runners.

This year it will be 16 anniversary of the marathon. It was first hosted in 2007 and the event grows each year in global reputation. Simon Tregoning from Classic Cottages had the inspiration to start the marathon 15 years ago.

In 2021, Classic Quarter participants raised more than £21,000 for good causes, including Paul Reynolds from Redruth who raised over £700 for Cornwall Air Ambulance and Trevor Lee from Truro who raised £6,610.00 for Children's Hospice South West.

Endurancelife's chosen charity is Go Beyond (formerly CHICKS) who provide outdoor activity breaks to underprivileged children across the UK. Over the past 12 months, along with their participants have raised over £8,391.

The Classic Quarter in 2019

The Classic Quarter in 2019

This year there will be some big changes to celebrate the event's 16 year anniversary, including live GPS tracking for all relay teams, along with bespoke, locally made trophies for solo category winners and a big incentive for those who want to write their name into the record books – prize money.

James Barker, director of Endurancelife, said: "For 2022 we are excited to go back to a 'full fat' Classic Quarter and have some great new initiatives to roll-out including our 'Run The Record' challenge, where two lots of £1,000 prize money is offered to anyone who can better the current male or female course records.

"The prize monies will be split evenly between the participant and a charity of the participant's choosing. Each year we have top athletes who come specifically to try to break these records but they are proving hard to beat! We are looking forward to someone breaking them soon."