This is a Marathon and Half set amongst what is truly one of the UK most breathtaking areas of outstanding natural beauty, boasting fantastic views of the coast as well. Both courses are demanding, with plenty of steep climbs to challenge even the fittest and most experienced long distance runners.
How to enter the North Devon AONB Marathon
- Run 26.2mi
- Run 13.1mi
North Devon AONB Marathon routes
The North Devon Marathon is a demanding yet beautiful course. With Woolacombe Bay as the centre point, runners follow a figure-of-eight around stunning coastal scenery, inland trails and will take in the scenery of some of North Devon's most beautiful beaches and coastal villages. The steep inclines and variety of terrain is enough to test any experienced runner. There is 1,300ft of ascent for the half marathon and 3,300ft for the full marathon. Many runners have described it as the toughest run they have ever done. In fact, Merrell UK described is at the 6th toughest out of 10 in the UK! Half marathon runners will stop after the first loop, with full marathon runners going on to complete the second loop in the figure-of-eight. You can download route maps below. Please note that part of the course is on private land so please do not train on these areas or you will be trespassing.
Water stations are located approximately every two miles and offer water, bananas and jelly babies. Some also have water and sponges for a cool down. Prepared drinks (must be labelled clearly before you arrive) can be left in the designated buckets for miles 13 and 18.
North Devon AONB Marathon weather forecast
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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