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North Devon AONB Marathon & Half Marathon

North Devon Marathon 2021

At a glance

The toughest and most beautiful race in the UK


27th June 2021


Woolacombe, North Devon

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Runners looking for their next challenge


AONB North Devon Marathon & Half Marathon was a great day. Thank you all who supported






2021 will be the 12th North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon. Each year the event sells out in advance, with runners coming back each year for this special event. 

The stunning multi-terrain route lives up to its reputation of being as beautiful as it is tough. Race HQ is in the idyllic surfing village of Woolacombe on Devon's north coast, right in the middle of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (where the race gets its 'AONB' name from).

It's an incredibly friendly race, with volunteers on the course and in race village cheering you on throughout the challenge.

The event is Plastic Free - we don't have any cups on the route and ask you to bring your own or buy your reusable cup when you sign up. 

Simon Oliver founded the event to raise money for North Devon Hospice. An inspirational Race Director and fundraiser, Simon has grown the event from year one and now raises over £30,000 for North Devon Hospice each year. This is vital income to ensure that nurses are there to help families who are facing an incurable illness. Please do sign up today to ensure that no person has to face their symptoms and fears alone. 

Make 2021 your year and take on the challenge.  


 Photo Fit Sports Event Photography will be photographing the 2021 event and images will be available to buy from their website. Images will be searchable by race number.

View their website here 




In our efforts to reduce waste we will not have disposable cups at water stations. This simply means that if you are not carrying a water bottle etc, you will need to bring some form of cup.

Thanks to Lyon Outdoors we have subsidised Hydrapak Speedcups available to buy at registration. These are small enough to fold up and put in your pocket. You can buy this when you register for just £1.00.

Thank you so much for your support in making this event as waste free as possible.



In 2020 we successfully ran a socially distanced event following UK Athletics guidance. We plan to run under the same social distancing measures again in 2021. 

If the event needs to be cancelled due to Covid-19 (implementation of local or national lockdown rules, for example) places will be deferred to a following year so no-one loses their registration fee and we will run a virtual event - so you can still run your marathon and get the North Devon Marathon medal. 

We run the event under Fell Running Association rules. For more details, please check the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.



This is a serious challenge so please do take the opportunity to raise vital funds for North Devon Hospice care. It's easy to set up a Justgiving page and gain sponsorship. 

Please respect the efforts we put into making this event possible every year by only raising money for North Devon Hospice.


If you have a personal reason for running the North Devon Marathon or Half Marathon, and you aim to raise over £1,000 for North Devon Hospice, then you could apply for one of our Gold Bond Places - this entitles you to a free place, a personalised race t-shirt in the race and support from our team with your fundraising efforts. To find out more about applying for a Gold Bond Place, please get in touch by emailing (Please email and wait to hear from us - do not sign up online)




Buy the bespoke 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: if you are training on the route then please don't run on private farm land or approach landowners regarding running over their land. Please use alternative footpaths and lanes instead. Thank you

Half marathon map

Second Half Map (making it the full marathon)


Booking closed - event sold out, strictly no entries on the day




View the full 2020 race results here

 Photo Fit Sports Event Photography photographed the 2020 event and images are available to buy from their website. Images are searchable by race number.

View the 2020 photos here




With thanks to our headline sponsor:




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Jess Burford-Redgrove

Community & Events Fundraiser

01271 347213