The sixth edition of the North Devon AONB Marathon brought more than 700 runners to Woolacombe.

The gruelling event has raised about £30,000 for North Devon Hospice and is the brain-child of local runner Simon Oliver.

Starting and finishing in Woolacombe, the race takes on a figure-of-eight course including a mix of terrains and some daunting hills.

Ronnie Richmond, of Bideford AAC, was the first home having conquered the steep inclines and completed the half-marathon in a course record 1 hour 21 minutes.

Jessica Rosa, of Clapham Chasers, was the first female in the half marathon in 1:40 minutes.

The record was also broken in the women’s full marathon, where Mary Menon took five minutes off the previous best time by finishing in 3:45.

The winner of the men’s full marathon was Andrew Abraham, from Cambridge University, who romped home in 3:15 minutes. Amazingly, this was Andrew’s first ever marathon and he had only been able to train properly for a few weeks, having been in Nepal when the devastating earthquakes struck just two months ago.

Andrew said: “We were deep in the mountains at the time and stuck there for 10 days because of the road damage. We then stayed behind to help as much as we could, but when it became dangerous we had to come home.

“It wasn’t the ideal preparation and I only had about three weeks to do some training for this event.

“I’m delighted to have won and I’ve really enjoyed myself on this beautiful course.”

Hospice fundraiser Emma Lowe paid tribute to the volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible.

She said: “It has been a real slog for the runners, but their efforts will help us care for patients and families during the toughest of times.

“We support more than 3,000 local people every year, but we can only do this thanks to the action of the local community at events like this. Thank you.”