THE CROSS country season has started with the first Gliddon and Squire North Devon League meeting at Kingsley School, Bideford.
Nearly 350 athletes turned out in six age groups on Sunday, enjoying a challenging course that provided plenty of firm, flat running and a steep woodland climb.
There was a fine start to the winter programme for North Devon AC with nine victories across the 12 categories.
Jessica Dutton, Eliza Banbury, Jack Dutton, Miles Rees, Holly Martin, Euan Kernahan, Eevee-May Banbury, Lucy Campbell and Mike Gaunt were their winners.
Cohen Phillips led the largest field of the day, pulling ahead of 68 other runners to win the under-9 boys' race.
In the senior categories, Rose Terribile, from Woolacombe, and Simon Mathers, of Kingsley School, led the way.
The next meeting of the four-race series takes place at West Buckland School on Sunday, November 17.
Runners must complete three races to receive a medal. The other meetings are at Arlington Court on December 8 and West Buckland on January 12.
Shaun Antell finished 18th in a field of thousands at the Cardiff Half Marathon.
The Bideford Blues runner clocked 68mins 56secs in a race won in a course record 61-51 by Loitarakwai Lengurisi, the Kenyan.
Steff Olliffe, of Torrington AAC, was 842nd in 97-08 and seventh in the F45 category.
At the Lisbon Marathon, Claire Campbell, of South Molton Strugglers, claimed second in the F50 class, finishing in 3-28-56. Andrew Mansfield, of North Devon Road Runners, finished in 3-25-07.
South Molton's Paul Cooke claimed seventh at the Isle of Wight Marathon in 3-08-52 and club-mate Richard Uffendell finished the London Parks Half Marathon in 2-01-38.
The hot weather did not prevent Julia Glover improving her personal best by 26 minutes at the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday. The South Molton Struggler finished in 5-00, while Andy Glover, of Bideford AAC, finished in 3-58.
The South Molton Struggle is back for its fifth year on Sunday, October 27.
Hosted by South Molton Strugglers, the 7.8-mile multi-terrain course takes in fields and country tracks.
The race, in aid of North Devon Hospice, starts from South Molton Rugby Club at 11am.
A children's race will take place around the rugby field before the main event.
For more information, visit southmoltonstrugglers.co.uk
Hannah Gaunt received the most improved athlete trophy at North Devon AC's annual awards presentation. The middle-distance runner is ranked inside the UK top 50 for the under-17 girls' 800m and 1,500m.
After making her debut for the Great Britain senior team, javelin thrower Izzy Jeffs was named best athlete.