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North Devon AONB Marathon & Half Marathon

North Devon Marathon

At a glance

The toughest and most beautiful race in the UK


Start: Sunday, September 27, 2020

End: Sunday, September 27, 2020


Woolacombe, North Devon

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Runners looking for their next challenge


£37 registration £12 technical t-shirt £1 cup for waterstations

We have a revised date, with the event taking place on Sunday 27th September 2020. We will, of course, be following guidance from the Government and regulations from UK Athletics for the safety of all involved.


Registered runners will received race packs in the post over the next 3 weeks. Runners will also receive email updates throughout the next 3 weeks. For more information on the race and maps of the route, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the FAQS.


COVID - 19 FAQ's 

For regular race FAQS, please see the bottom of the page

  • How are you making it safe?

    We are following UK Athletics guidelines to hold the event as safely as possible at this time. Below is an overview safety measures. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and may be added to before the event. Competitors and volunteers must ensure that they are receiving details by email and post (if not, please contact 01271 344232) and take the time to read additional guidance to keep everyone safe:

    - Competitors, staff and volunteers to maintain social distancing with each other and the public throughout the event
    - We are limiting the number of competitors to 400 (half of previous years) to enable social distancing in race village and on the course
    - Strictly no entries on the day
    - Contactless registration - timing chip and race number will be posted to competitors in advance to remove the need for registration
    - Staggered start time for competitors
    - Competitors mandatory kit includes facemask, hand sanitiser and their own water cup or bottle
    - Hand sanitising points around race village and the course
    - PPE and hand sanitiser for staff and volunteers
    - No baggage drop facility available
    - Temperature checks of key volunteers and medics 
  • I'm a competitor, if I have to self-isolate will I lose my registration fee?

This information will be included in your briefing. It is vitally important that you don’t come to the event if you are isolating for any reason, are unwell or have been unwell in the last 14 days. If you are unsure about whether you should be isolating then consult the latest guidance:

If you are isolating or showing any symptoms then just let us know by email We will defer your place to a future year so that you don’t lose your registration fee.

  • I'm a race volunteer, if I have to isolate will I be letting people down?

This information will be included in your briefing. It is vitally important that you don’t come to the event if you are isolating for any reason, are unwell or have been unwell in the last 14 days. If you are unsure about whether you should be isolating then consult the latest guidance:

If you are isolating or showing any symptoms then just let us know by email ( or by phone (07917 797689) or by contacting Race Director Simon Oliver (07974 743952) and we will find cover for your role. Please don’t feel that you are letting anyone down, we always have a few extra marshals in case of emergencies such as these, and staying home is the most important way to support everyone.

  • When do entries close?

Entries will close on Tuesday 1st September, so that we have time to send race packs out in the post well ahead of the event.

  • How come the North Devon Marathon can go ahead, when other events like the London Marathon are being cancelled?

Every event is different and not every event will be able to put such safety measures in place.

For example, the London Marathon hosts 40,000 competitors. Not only does this make social distancing almost impossible, but many will use public transport to get around London, which puts additional strain on the system. In comparison, the North Devon Marathon hosts under 1000 competitors each year (limited to 400 competitors this year for safety reasons), which means that safety measures for sanitizing and social-distancing are easier to implement, and the smaller numbers mean that no additional strain will be put on local services.

If for any reason the event needs to be cancelled (implementation of local lockdown rules, for example) places will be deferred to a following year so no-one loses their registration fee. 

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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 surfing idyllic village of Woolacombe on Devon's north coast, overlooking one of the country's most popular beaches and right in the middle of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (where the race gets its 'AONB' name from).

This year we have a BIG change to the North Devon Marathon. 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. 




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




Event Organisers

This event is organised by Simon Oliver, a local runner with many years of experience both participating in and organising races. All the money that you raise support local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. By taking on the North Devon challenge and raising money for North Devon Hospice you are making sure that people are comfortable and supported, even at the toughest times. 

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

About the race

In every year since it's inception the event has sold out, often many months in advance. So if you want to be part of what will be an extra special day then don't delay and sign up now. The reputation of this event has grown and grown, with runners coming from across the UK and abroad to tackle the legendary course, which offers as many stunning views as it does challenging hills. The multi-terrain course involves roads, trails, beaches, fields, steps and the incredible South West Coast Path. Also known also as 'The Cream Tea Marathon', runners are treated to a traditional Devon Cream Tea at the finish line!

This year we are respecting our stunning natural environment, by being one of the first events in the UK to go cupless. Please remember to buy your running cup when you register or bring you own water container on the day.

Join us and find out why this is one of the must-do events in the running world. 

Please note that we cannot administer refunds, transfers to 2021 or substitutions. For full rules & regulations and more information about the race, please see the FAQ section below. 


Raising your sponsorship

This event is brought to you by North Devon Hospice and Simon Oliver, to raise money solely for North Devon Hospice. You can raise money by setting up an online giving page, and you can download a sponsor form by clicking here. 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 really personal reason for running the North Devon Marathon or Half Marathon and 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 in the race. To find out more about applying for a Gold Bond Place, please get in touch by emailing (Please email before you sign up online, because we cannot issue refunds if you are successful in your application). 

In addition to the sponsorship forms available to runners we are happy to help you and support your fundraising ideas in any way we can. Please contact the fundraising team at North Devon Hospice for any help. 

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 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. 

Route Maps
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)

2019 North Devon Marathon & Half Marathon

Can we help?

Jess Burford-Redgrove

Community & Events Fundraiser

01271 347213