More than 330 runners from across the South West descended on Braunton Academy on Sunday for the Braunton 10k.

Organised by Godfrey Osborne from the North Devon Road Runners, the annual race allowed all members of the running club to participate by either running in teams or individually, representing their local clubs while raising money for North Devon Hospice.

Before the race had even begun at 11am, every runner used their free time to warm up enthusiastically, supported by their teammates and spectators.

The first male runner to cross the finish line on the North Devon Athletics Track was Kevin Squibb of the Tiverton Harriers with an impressive time of 57 minutes.

Not long after him, the first female runner to cross the line, Alison McEwing, came home in 1hr 4mins.

When asked why she got involved, Alison, from the Erme Valley Harriers, said that she makes a special visit each year from Plymouth to take part and her coach often attends, which provides great encouragement for her to participate.

This is also the athlete’s preparation for the London Marathon.

“I thought the race was well organised and it was a very challenging experience for me,” she said. “I would definitely do it again!”

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