The 2016 North Devon AONB Marathon has been officially launched at Baggy Point with the label of ‘beauty and the beast’.

The June 26 event for North Devon Hospice covers some of the region's most beautiful but punishing and varied coastal terrain.

Event organiser Simon Oliver said: "The North Devon AONB Marathon has only been going for six years, but in that time it has gained a massive reputation across the country.

"That is because it's one of toughest races of its kind with some punishing inclines and rugged terrain.

"But the flipside is that the route takes in some stunning locations in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

To enter the marathon or half marathon, go to www.northdevonmarathon.co.uk or to find out about becoming a corporate sponsor, call 01271 347213.