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North Devon AONB Marathon & Half Marathon

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The toughest and most beautiful race in the UK


Start: Sunday, June 25, 2017

End: Sunday, June 25, 2017


Woolacombe, North Devon

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£36 (or £48 with an event T-shirt)

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The North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon has quickly established itself as one of the most challenging and visually stunning events in the UK. Race HQ is in the idyllic village of Woolacombe on Devon's north coast, overlooking one of the country's most popular surfing beaches and right in the middle of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (where the race gets its 'AONB' name from).


The registration tent will be open from 08.00 – 09.45.  Please collect your race number and timing chip (plus vest if pre-ordered) from the Race HQ on The Green beside Woolacombe Esplanade.  If it is raining, registration will be in the Village Hall, which is located opposite the Church on the hill into Woolacombe Village. 

Race Briefing:             09.50

Marathon starts:         10.00

Half Marathon starts:  10.15 

The race will operate from 10.00 – 17.30 under the Fell Runners Association rules of running and a copy of the rules will be available in the Race Village. Dogs are absolutely not permitted to run the course with you!

Full Marathon runners that have not passed the midway point by 13.15 will be asked to stop.  This is because they are unlikely to complete the race in the allotted time.  Please be aware that at 17.30 marshals will be stood down and withdrawn from the route.  Signs may be left out until later in the evening. 


There is plenty of parking in Woolacombe. There is pay-by-hour meter parking on the Esplanade and two large car parks by the beach. These cost approximately £8 per day and the owners kindly donate a percentage to the hospice on race day. There is a small car park opposite The Red Barn. Marine Drive is about half a mile from the race village and both charge approximately £5 for the day. 

Switching Races

If you are registered for the Full and wish to switch down to the Half on the day we have a limited number of spare chips. Alternatively: -

  • You can start with the Full Marathon runners using your full marathon number (please don’t start with the Half Marathon runners!) 
  • You can then stop at the half way point (race village)
  • When your chip is removed please notify the volunteers who will direct you to Full on Sport so they can note your race number 
  • They will log your Half Marathon time rather than a DNF. (N.B. your time cannot be (counted for the fastest half marathon times for category winners.)

If you are registered for the Half and wish to switch up to the Full on the day, please go to the swap desk in the registration tent on arrival.


There is a baggage van available. Please ensure your property is labelled clearly.

Prize Giving

Prize giving for the Half Marathon will be at 13.30 and for the Full Marathon at 15.00. 

Dropping Out

Where Full Marathon runners drop out at the half way point, please tell the volunteers who will direct you to the timekeepers (Full on Sport) when you finish so that your time can be recorded as a Half Marathon time. Please note that your time will not be eligible for fastest times but you will not record a DNF. Any other drop outs will be recorded as a DNF.


Event organisers
This event is organised by Simon Oliver, a local runner with many years of experience both participating in and organising races. All monies raised through your own personal sponsorship are donated to North Devon Hospice so they can continue to provide free care and support to families who are affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.  Throughout the event village and along the route, every person helping out is a friend or supporter of North Devon Hospice and someone who has volunteered to help make the event possible.

Runners sponsorship
This event is brought to you by North Devon Hospice and Simon Oliver, to raise money solely for North Devon Hospice.  The fundraising and sponsorship collected by every runner goes towards providing care and support for people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.  North Devon Hospice needs to raise £4.5 million pounds every year from scratch to continue providing care and support throughout the community.  In addition to the sponsorship forms available to runners, there is a team of fundraisers at the hospice who are happy to help you and support your fundraising ideas.  Please respect the efforts we put into making this event possible every year by only raising money for North Devon Hospice. Download a sponsor form here.

Events, news and updates
Keep up with event updates, training runs and news via the North Devon Hospice Facebook and Twitter pages. Post event, photos and news reports will be added to this webpage for you to access (

Event T-shirts
Buy the 2017 technical T-shirt when you register! Remember, we don't sell these on the day, only the odd one or two that we might have spare. Please note the sizes come up a little snug, so if in doubt go up a size.

Route maps

Half Marathon map
Second Half Map (making it the full marathon)

Can we help?

Kate Kilburn

Kate Kilburn

Community & Events Fundraiser

01271 347213



North Devon Marathon 1st half map Download pdf 2430kb North Devon Marathon 2nd half map Download pdf 1693kb North Devon Marathon sponsorship form 2017 Download pdf 380kb