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Beat the Fox

Beat the Fox

Race starts and finishes at Fremington Green, Fremington, Devon EX31 2NT

Register your interest on Facebook - Entry on the day


Can you Beat our Fox around our scenic 5k course?


It's fun, it's a bit messy, it's for the North Devon Hospice ..... It's a great way to recover from Christmas Day.


Register on the day only, for a minimum £5 donation to the North Devon Hospice. At the Fox, Fremington.


No medals or tea shirts, but you will get a nip of Port, Juice or water at the finish.


There will be prizes for age category and fancy dress.


The course is Road, Grass, Mud, woods so footwear with good grip needed. Lots of Marshals and well signed course.

Registration opens at 9.00am and closes at 10.45am. 


Presentation and drinks in the Fox at 12.30pm.



Braunton 10 | Entries now live for 2017

Braunton 10mile and 10k 2017 Entries Now Live | Click Here



  • Braunton Community College, Braunton, Devon EX33 2BP
  • Sunday, 22 January 2017 from 11:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

Event Details:


The Braunton 10 is one of NDRR's oldest races and one of our most popular. It's a 10 mile road race, with 2 infamous climbs designed to test the legs and spirit! 

This year we are ontroducing a 10k option, The Steph Irwin memorial 10k will encompass the same spirit of the original B10 route, but offer a new hill challenge


The race HQ is at Braunton Community College and there are changing facilities and showers. Tea and cakes are available in the hall before, during and after the race. 


Parking is very limited so please arrive early and follow the parking marshals guidance. Please car share wherever possible to minimise parking issues.


The race will take place pretty much regardless of the weather so please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

There are 2 water stations on the course, mile markers and it is very well signed.


There are prizes for 1,2 and 3rd in the Male and female race.


And a winner's prize in the following categories:

  • MV40 
  • MV50
  • MV60
  • MV70
  • FV35
  • FV45
  • FV55
  • FV65

There will be entries on the day, they will cost £2.00 extra. Please read the guidelines about whether you are Affiliated or Unaffiliated.


If you have entered online, you will collect your number from the registration desk on race day.


Check out a map of the 10 mile course by clicking here


Check out the Braunton10k Route here


For a Google map of the location of the start and finish click here


2014 Race results - click here


2013 Race results - click here


On the day entries will be accepted up to 10.30 a.m. on race day at the race HQ +£2.00 extra on the day. 


We no longer accept paper entries for our races due to the time constraints of the admin they require. I know that this will displease some of you and we apologise for this. We only have a certain number of volunteers and the online systems are so much more efficient in terms of administration. I know it sucks that you have to pay a couple of quid admin fee for the privilege and again I apologise. We have kept our prices for this race to the lowest we can so as to compensate for this. I do hope you understand.


Entry Fees: 10 miles


ARC Affiliated Runners £15

Unaffiliated Runners £17

On the day +£2.00


All finishers receive a commerative technical T Shirt. There are numerous spot prizes awarded.


Team prizes (non running clubs) 


If you are running with friends or colleagues and want to race as a team then why not enter the team. There are prizes. This category excludes running clubs. Click here for a team entry form. 




Changing rooms, ladies and men's toilets and showers.  Hot/cold refreshments (In Sports Hall). Baggage store.



The start (and finish) is on the athletic track and once out of the village of Braunton takes a course along quiet undulating country lanes with two steep climbs that will put your fitness to the test. Expect to see few spectators on the course, other than the Barnstaple Imperial Wheelers cycle club will be acting as marshals. Please follow all instructions they give for your safety and failure to do so could result in disqualification. Run on the left hand side of the road unless otherwise directed. Each mile is accurately measured and clearly marked


0 - 1 mile

Half lap of the athletic track followed by a gentle climb out of Braunton


1 - 3 miles

Undulating country lanes with a drinks station at the 2.5 mile point


3 - 4 miles

The first of two steep climbs so cut out the chat and dig in. Beware the there are several bends on the climb that hide what is a long drag upwards, but it does end somewhere!


4 - 5 miles

Possibly a time to settle back into a steady stride and if you are capable

take in the view that will confirm why your lungs nearly burst.


6 - 9 miles

At the 6 mile point the second hill is just behind you and you have done most of the hard work with the remainder of the course being either downhill or slightly undulating and to help you celebrate there is a drink station nearby serving a selection of cold waters (including the famous eau de tap supplied by South West Water.)  For those with the energy to cast their eyes further than a few feet ahead, views of the Bristol Channel as far as Hartland point and Lundy Island can be seen (that's assuming that there is decent weather!) This section is notorious for being icy on cold days or flooded on mild days.


9 - 10 miles

The centre of the village of Heanton Punchardon marks the start of the final mile and is shortly followed by a steep descent into Wrafton. Almost there but remember to save a little for that sprint to the finish line on the track even if it is only to impress your fellow club runners. Please note that the final 200 metres of road will be run on the right hand side of the road for your safety.



Showers and changing facilities are available and hopefully if our computer boffin is up to scratch, presentations will be made to category winners as soon as possible in the Sports Hall (opposite Track) where refreshments will be on sale. T shirts will be awarded to all finishers and in addition to the extensive list of prize winners, spot prizes will be given.


The Williams Arms, which has kindly allowed the use of their car park, holds a good local reputation for excellent food and ales. Children are made welcome.



Hopefully these pages provide most of the information runners will need. If you do have further questions, you can contact the Race Director, our club secretary, Simon Haywood simon@northdevonroadrunners.com



Several people have asked if we could published results of previous years, so by popular request, I dug out the following:


2002   2003   2004   2005   2009   2010


2013 Race results - click here


2014 Race results - click here

Beat the Fox | Register your interest

Race starts and finishes at Fremington Green, Fremington, Devon EX31 2NT 

Register your interest on Facebook - Entry on the day


Can you Beat our Fox around our scenic 5k course?


It's fun, it's a bit messy, it's for the North Devon Hospice ..... It's a great way to recover from Christmas Day.


Register on the day only, for a minimum £5 donation to the North Devon Hospice. At the Fox, Fremington.


No medals or tea shirts, but you will get a nip of Port, Juice or water at the finish.


There will be prizes for age category and fancy dress.


The course is Road, Grass, Mud, woods so footwear with good grip needed. Lots of Marshals and well signed course.

Registration opens at 9.00am and closes at 10.45am. 


Presentation and drinks in the Fox at 12.30pm.





Barnstaple Marathon: We need marshals and volunteers

I hope that you have had a good summer of running and are fit and ready to go for the Autumn season?

As you know we are approaching our biggest race; The Barnstaple Marathon 2015 currently has 1080 runners registered to take part with the race starting at 10am on Sunday 27th September. 

As you can imagine, the organistion of this event is now substantial. And with the increase in competitor numbers comes a need for more marshals and volunteers. Lots more! As an example of how many people we need, 2 of the water stations on the half marathon course will be visited twice, this means that the volunteers will need to manage 2160 runners. For that number of runners, we need to be looking at about 15 volunteers on each station. We have a large number of water stations all over the course and they all need to have large numbers of helpers.

We are looking, rather desperately it has to be said, for helpers, not just for the water stations but to help in the park before, during and after; marshals on the course, registration (we need at least 20 people on the reg desks) and car parks.

If you are not running, then please come and support your club and help out. The reputation of the club is on the line with this year's event. Last year we pulled off a great event, the expectation to do the same this year is very high. If we cannot live up to the standards we set ourselves last year we will have deemed to have failed. As a club we have come so far, and grown so much recently, that we cannot allow this to happen.

But we need your help. We need you, your families (kids are great on water stations!) your friends and any strangers you can badger from the street!  Please come and help us.

You'll be needed for most of the day, there's free tea and cake, a very snazzy BM Volunteer T shirt and the satisfaction in putting on one of North Devon's biggest sporting events and showcasing the supportive nature of our club.

Please register your interest by completing this online form - click here

You'll need to be able to attend a pre race meeting on Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm at Sainsbury's cafe.

If you have already registered to help or said you can't then apologies for this email.

We need your help- please sign up!

NDDR Beginners Course | January 2017


There will be two meetings (not runs) in January for anyone interested in the 10 week beginners course. These are to outline the course and for any questions anyone might have. The meetings will be on Tues 3rd Jan.17 and Thurs 12th Jan.17 starting at 7:30 pm at the Tarka Tennis Centre.


The actual 10 week course will be starting on Tues 17th Jan. 17 starting at 7 pm at Tarka Tennis and will last approx 45 mins.


By the end of the course you should be able to run for 30 minutes (about 2.5 - 3 miles)

The course involves running and walking. The initial sessions will start with walking as the major contingent, while gradually increasing the running component as the sessions progress.

You will need to wear suitable clothing and shoes that will allow you run and walk comfortably for about half an hour. You will need to be in good health and we recommend having a medical check-up with your doctor. You must be 18 years old or over.

After the third week, we would expect you to join the running club to continue the course.

See our members page for details regarding membership. Annual membership starts at £21.50


Scrumptious Croyde Trail

The Scrumptious Croyde Trail | Sunday the 5th of June 2016


The Scrumptious Croyde Trail

NDRR's - BEFORE YOU BOOK!!! We have reserved 15 NDRR places for the 11h00 Start. We will create a payment page on the NDRR site shortly, where you will be able to pay and book on a first come first served basis. We will also allow you to book the coach from Barnstaple, once we have quotes etc.

DO YOU LIKE walking … LIKE running …

LIKE stunning scenery?DO YOU LIKE delicious local food …

LIKE refreshing drinks … LIKE FUN?… THEN THE SCRUMPTIOUS CROYDE TRAIL is the event for you.
Enthusiastic runners and walkers will be in for a Devon treat at the SCRUMPTIOUS CROYDE TRAIL event this June.This however is not just any trail, this event offers every participant a delicious menu of local produce as they follow the paths around some of the UK’s finest beauty hot spots.
This scenic 10 mile circular trail will take place on Sunday 5th June starting in Croyde and will lead participants through the picturesque villages of Croyde, Saunton, Georgeham, Putsborough overlooking Woolacombe, with glimpses of stunning coastal views at every turn.
“Last year we enjoyed a perfect day – the sun was shining, the walk and the views were amazing, the food scrumptious and the people and atmosphere fun, fun, fun.  Young, old, groups and singletons – we were all made very welcome.  We all felt like we were being fed beautiful food tasters every 10 minutes. A Bloody Mary offered at 9am?  Go on then, it’s for charity after all!   Everyone we have spoken to is desperate to do it again and the ones that didn’t do it, after all of our boasting about the food and drink, will definitely be taking part in the next one.” Walker Sarita Warmington 
We truly believe this event commands one of the most spectacular event views that you will experience in the UK. This is a trail that you will truly never forget.The trail starts in the quaint, picturesque coastal village of Croyde, well known as a surfers’ paradise.  The pathway leads participants toward Down End, up and over North Devon hills and along North Devon’s stunning National Trust coastal and public footpaths passing some of the most beautiful beaches in the World! 
Woolacombe Beach was voted the best beach in the UK and the 13th best in the world by travellers on Trip Advisor in 2015.   This really is a stunning area to visit.It will take you down countryside lanes bordered by Devon hedgerows.  
You will pass a medieval manor house, a ruined farmhouse, and you will pass Skirr Cottage, where writer Henry Williamson lived in the 1920’s.  It was this area that inspired him to write his most famous book, Tarka the Otter.  There will be lots of opportunities to see miles and miles of sandy beaches with views across to Hartland and Lundy Island (an unspoilt island famous for its puffins) … and the views of Braunton Burrows (one of the largest sand dune systems in England) is simply breathtaking.quote“It was absolutely brilliant. 
There were about 12 North Devon Road Runners in our group and we all had a fantastic time. The course was superb, the food was really good, the organisation faultless.  The whole event was so friendly and so much fun; we ate too much, drank too much, ran too slowly and rolled down hills too quickly. We had a perfect day out.”  This year the running club are bringing a coach!” – Simon Heywood, North Devon Road Runners
Local food suppliers will be offering tasty morsels of delicious local produce for participants to enjoy at stops along the way. What more could you ask for!  Orchard-Farm-Shop-proprietoOrchard Farm Proprietor (and food-stop organiser) Liz Wilton said “I am passionate about sourcing and using local produce which is why Rob and I set up Orchard Farm Shop. Our local suppliers have our same passion and we know that the participants taking part will enjoy all the delicious samples being offered along around the 12 stops on the route.  
The list of suppliers that have come on board is amazing.”At the start each participant will be offered a refreshing bottle of Tarka Springs Water, produced and bottled at Little Comfort Farm in the heart of North Devon’s famous Tarka valley to take along the way.At the finish, there is an option to browse through the Orchard Farm pop-up shop to purchase some of the delicious treats that have been tasted along the trail.  Next … sit back, relax and enjoy the beach and other activities that the picturesque village of Croyde has to offer.  What are you waiting for.This is a fun event for both runners and walkers.  The walkers will be the first to start followed by the runners.  
The running element is affiliated with ARC through North Devon Road Runners. http://www.northdevonroadrunners.com
The maximum entry is 300 participants so please remember to book early because once the allocated 300 places are filled, the event will be closed to participants.  
Don’t miss it, book early to avoid disappointment.    
Farming fancy dress theme option – Go on!  it would be great to see you dressed as farmers, farm animals, tractors or scarecrows on the day.  PRIZE for the BEST – the winner will go home with theGasmark North Devon Ltdtrophy.There is a bargain 25% off hired costumes – just take in your Scrumptious confirmation letter/email to Bonkers Fancy Dress, 44 Bear Street, Barnstaple www.bonkers-party.com to be eligible for discount.The Webbers Estate Agent trophy will be awarded to the person who raises the most sponsorship.
Restrictions:  18 years+ only.  No dogs as they are not permitted on parts of the route.Simon-Oliver-liz-wiltonThe event is being managed by Race Director Simon Oliver (and proprietor of St Johns Garden Centre). Simon is a local runner from the Woolacombe area, and he is pleased to be able to share the running routes that he trains on with you. Liz Wilton and Rob Cooper of www.orchardsfarmshop are organising the food stops.  Together, Simon, Liz, Rob and the NHS charity “Over and Above” fundraising team will ensure we produce an event that you will want to be part of.
Just click ENTER to register your place.


Arlington Court Canter


10k Off road Route and new 5k Route for 2017.

Entries opening soon.

We will be accepting entries on the day.

There is no children's race this year due to the new 5k route we have introduced.

Voted one of the toughest but most scenic off road runs in The West Country.  The Undulating course is through woodlands and Parks all within the scenic National Trust Arlington Estate. If you haven't tried it before you are in for a real treat - there is a strong temptation to forget all about times, pbs and all that and just enjoy the beautiful scenery.

arlington map

The race starts and finishes outside the main house at Arlington Court. 

This is an off road course that features steep, difficult paths, muddy and very wet paths and fields and is generally considered a tough run. It is, however, lots of fun and there is always a great atmosphere. 

There are prizes available for age category winners and prizes for the first three finishers in the mens' and ladies' race. 

Why not join North Devon Road Runners and get training for this fantastic event! See you at the Canter. 


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