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Jewson Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon 2020

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If you're looking to set a new PB, the Jewson Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon is the race for you. Pancake flat and lightning fast, the event takes in some of the most dramatic scenery North Devon has to offer along the Tarka Trail.

Jewson Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon 2020 routes


A very flat and very fast course, the event starts in Rock Park in Barnstaple and heads down the Ladies Mile and through the scenic Taw Vale. The route runs through Barnstaple town and out onto the Tarka Trail - one of Britain's longest continuous traffic-free trails. Athletes will race through the village of Wrafton and on to Vellator, back to the Tarka Trail for Crash Gate One.

Participants race around the Royal Marines Base at Chivenor - a solitary loop around the perimeter with further aid and water stations. After this 2.5mi loop, race through Crash Gate Two and pass back towards the Chivenor roundabout, re-joining the Tarka Trail, across the old bridge to Shapland and Petters. From this point onwards, it's the Tarka Trail the whole way to Fremington, up Fremington Quay Road and follows the main road all the way to Yelland.

Once at Yelland, athletes will head back to Barnstaple via the Tarka Trail, cross the old bridge, run down onto the Strand, and head back to the park to finish, where they will be heralded by cheers from spectators and their bespoke finisher's medal.

Half Marathon:

Similar to the marathon distance, this is also a fast and flat course perfect for those who are looking to set a new PB. The race starts and finishes in Rock Park, Barnstaple and heads down the Ladies Mile, through Taw Vale and onto the Tarka Trail at mile 1 at the old Shapland and Petters site.

From this point the route follows the beautiful Tarka Trail to Fremington and up Fremington Quay Road. Participants will follow the road from Fremington to Yelland, heading back to Barnstaple via the Tarka Trail and racing back to Rock Park for the finish.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Snacks and drinks at aid stations
  • Massages for charity donations
  • Prizes for top 3 overall athletes, men and women
  • Prizes for 1st place in age categories, men and women
  • Tea, coffee and cakes post race
  • Changing and shower facilities
Raceday Logistics

Packet Pickup: Numbers will be posted to the address you put in the entry form a few weeks before the race.


0700: Race registration opens - Park School Sports Hall.

0800: Car parks and bag drops open.

0850: Marathon race briefing - briefings are mandatory

0900: Marathon start.

0950: Half Marathon race briefing.

1000: Half Marathon starts.

1245: Half Marathon trophy presentation.

1430: Marathon trophy presentation.

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before race time to ensure plenty of time for registration

Age Restrictions:

You must be 18 on race day to enter both the Half and Full Marathon

Bag Drop:

There is a bag drop by the start/finish pen in Rock Park


There are toilets, changing rooms and showers in the sports hall that are available throughout the day. There are additional toilets in Rock Park.

Kit List
  • The organiser is making every effort to make this a plastic free event so runners are encouraged to bring their own reusable cups or bottles.

The event is free for spectators, and there are many great vantage points all along the course. The event is family friendly and participants are encouraged to bring along family and friends of all ages. There will be a race village that will have food and drink vans, including a bar, entertainment, and charity stalls. There will be a free bouncy castle and entertainment for kids.

The square in Barnstaple is a great spot for spectators, however athletes do tend to pass through rather quickly.

Fremington Quay allows spectators to see both the Half and Full Marathon runners twice - please note though that there is no car park access during either event.

For the full route, the Chivenor roundabout allows spectators to see runners twice and there is easy parking available.


North Devon Road Runners are a not for profit running club. If you would like to volunteer, please contact [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry rules?
Participants must be 18 on race day to enter both the Half and Full Marathon. The race is run under licence from ARC.
Can I transfer events?
Yes, you can transfer from either event so long as this is done before 1st September 2020.
Is there a cut off for this event?
There is no cut off for the Half Marathon. However, the Marathon has a cut off: participants must reach Barnstaple Old Bridge within 3.00 hours, this is for 13.5mi. There are no exceptions for the Marathon cut off.
Can I wear my headphones?
Headphones are allowed, however they must be taken out for the sections of road that are not closed - i.e. Wafton, and Fremington - Yelland. Race marshals will be on hand to instruct you.

Jewson Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon 2020 weather forecast

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We are a friendly group of people who simply love running. We run for fun, for fitness, for weight loss and for speed. Why ever we run, we run with a smile on our faces. Why not come and join us? We welcome people of all abilities.



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