Weary runners have completed a 34-hour treadmill challenge in Barnstaple town centre raising an estimated £4,000 for charity. A group of 28 runners many of them running in this years Virgin Money London Marathon on April 24 took it in turns to run either 10km or half marathons on treadmills outside Banburys and Lilicos. The epic non-stop endurance relay began with a lap around the town on Friday morning and finished with a final lap at 5.45pm yesterday (Saturday). The runners covered a total distance of 235 miles the distance from Barnstaple to the London Marathon start line in Greenwich Park. One of the organisers, North Devon Road Runner, Frank Biederman, said: It is very different running on a treadmill to the road, with all the runners finding it harder, but they kept going and all completed either 10k or a half marathon in good time. It was tiring but inspiring with so many people telling us stories of loved ones that had been affected by the work of the hospice and the amazing support they were to them and their families. The people and businesses of North Devon are incredibly generous, meaning we have raised over £4,000 for the North Devon Hospice mainly, but some from business and raffle sales will also go to Whizz Kidz, Children with Cancer, Meningitis Now, Over & Above and St John Ambulance. I just want to say thank you to everyone that ran, sponsored, collected and donated. Emma Lowe of North Devon Hospice said: It was a wonderful event that showed incredible community spirit; local shops and businesses supporting the runners and the charities. The hospice touches so many people and this inspires so many to help raise the much needed funds so we an continue to help those who need us and their families. Massive thanks to Frank and Zoe for organising such an incredible event and to everyone who took part and made it the incredible success it was. People can still add to the total by visiting the challenges Just Giving page, here.