ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED AS EVENT IS FULL.
There hadn't been a marathon event in North Devon for some 20 years, until the first running of this event last year - and there had certainly never been one as spectacular and challenging as this! Centred around three idyllic beaches in North Devon, this race gives runners the opportunity to compete in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route is challenging, with over 3300 feet of climbing so it will certainly test your resolve! In addition, the terrain underfoot will be a mixture of stone, gravel, turf, sand and tarmac over the coastal paths, cycle routes, fields, tracks, beaches and roads of North Devon. Just don't forget to watch the seals, birds and waves as you run by.
In true Devon style, runners will be given a delicious cream tea when they finish (but don't worry, water will be available as well!), and the real beauty of the start and finish points is that by being by Woolacombe beach is that the whole family can enjoy the 3-mile stretch of sand whilst you are running - a perfect day out for everyone! Don't forget your picnic or your bathers!
Venue: The Green, The Esplanade, Woolacombe, North Devon
Refreshments: Water will be provided at all manned checkpoints and all competitors get a complimentary Devonshire Cream Tea when they finish. Food will be available at the finish and we recommend our main sponsor, The Red Barn!
Facilities: Unfortunately there are no changing or shower facilities near by. There is an outdoor cold water shower nearby that the surfers use and, of course, the enormous bath with built-in wave machine right next to the finish line!
The race organiser is Simon Oliver, with huge support from North Devon Hospice who are the ultimate beneficiaries of this race. Simon lives near to the route and is very familiar with the coast path, having spent his whole life living in the area. He has been running for 5 years competing in approx 18 races per year, varying in distance from 10K to 32 miles and a mixture of on and off road. He has so far completed 12 marathons. Simon has always found the coast path exhilarating to run on and really wanted to share the experience with more people. To that end he grasped the nettle and came up with this course in 2010 - although he is not sure how popular he is now that people have had to run it!