Come and support the runners who will be pounding the treadmill today and tomorrow in a bid to cover 235 miles for charity.

Head down to Barnstaple High Street today (Friday) and tomorrow to cheer on the North Devon Road Runners taking part in an epic 36-hour charity challenge.

A group of 27 runners – many of them running in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on April 24 – will be hopping on a treadmill to run 235 miles – the distance from Barnstaple to the marathon start line in Greenwich Park.

The runners kicked off their epic endeavour with a one-mile run around the town at 7.45am today and Gazette editor Andy Keeble dusted off his trainers to join them.

They will now take it in turns to run either 10km or half marathons on the treadmills, which will be stationed outside Banbury’s during the day and Lilicos during the night.

Organiser Frank Biederman said: “The 235th mile will also be run by all the team around the town – hopefully between 4pm and 6pm on the Saturday,.”

Money is being raised for North Devon Hospice and other charities, including Over & Above, St John Ambulance and Meningitis Now.

You can also support the runners online by donating to their Just Giving page here or follow the action on the challenge’s Facebook page here.