Walkers and runners combine the best of coastal scenery, exercise and tasty local food in as the charity event returns for a second year

Flapjacks, burgers, beer and cream teas tempted runners and walkers who took part in the Scrumptious Croyde Trail on Sunday.

Now in its second year, the event is held to raise money for the hospital charity Over and Above, with people from across the country taking part.

Participants are invited to complete a stunning 10 mile trail through Croyde and the surrounding villages while stopping to sample some scrumptious food and drink along the way courtesy of local producers.

Ginny Kay of event sponsor Marsdens Devon Cottages said it was the first year the company ahd been headline sponsor, but it wouldn’t be the last: “Our team had a fantastic time – the trail took us through some stunning scenery, the food along the way was definitely scrumptious and the whole atmosphere was amazing (we particularly liked the gin and burger at 10.30am),” she said.

“Add in the fact that we were all raising money for such a worthwhile charity meant the day was perfect.”

Race director Simon Oliver devised a magnificent trail along the coastline where he regularly runs, while Liz Wilton of Orchard Farm Shop encouraged local food producers to come on board.

The hospital charity expects to raise around £12,000 from the event, in aid of the Special Care Baby Unit Ventilator Appeal.

Event manager and hospital fundraiser Julie Whitton said “We had such a fantastic day.

“It was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of it – Croyde was full of farmers, farm animals and so many more people in costume, the food producers outshone themselves, and afterwards everyone asked when they can sign up to the next one.”

She thanked all those behind the scenes who made it possible, including the sponsors, volunteers, food producers and local landowners.

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