TO witness something completely different and utterly inspiring this weekend, head over to Woolacombe on Sunday just before lunchtime. Here you will see the epicentre of the North Devon Marathon, which has sprung to prominence as one of the most popular races of its type in the whole country.
Organised to raise money for North Devon Hospice, it has gained a loyal following in its short existence due to the spectacular nature of the course and the gruelling inclines.
It seems no other event can offer this contrast of pleasure and pain. Hence, for the fourth year in succession, the race sold out months in advance.
As a spectator, you can have the pleasure of sitting near the finish point on The Esplanade and cheering in these foolhardy individuals as they stagger up to the line having completed an incomprehensibly difficult 13 or 26 miles.
It is something not to be missed, and with the prospect of gazing out over the beach with an ice cream in hand, what else could you want for a perfect Sunday afternoon out?
The team from North Devon Hospice's Lottery Club is hoping to be there too, so if you are inspired by the deeds of these rosy-cheeked runners, you yourself could sign up to support the work of the hospice.
For just £1 a week you stand the chance of winning one of 35 cash prizes, including the weekly £1,000 jackpot which this week goes to Miss Corke (65317) from Bideford. Mrs Harrison (50995) of Ilfracombe won £100 and Mrs Fry (37253) of Braunton won £75. Mr D G (17912), our £50 winner, lives in Barnstaple and our £25 winner, Mr P T (79515), also lives in Barnstaple. Congratulations to the other 30 prizewinners in this week's draw and thank you so much to all our Lottery Club members and to our wonderful volunteers, collectors and recruiters for your ongoing support. If you would like to become part of North Devon Hospice's Lottery Club, please contact me on 01271 347217.
North Devon Hospice Lottery Manager.