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Please read the information below as it includes some useful facts that you need to be aware of before you arrive.

Times of event:

Ensure you arrive at your allocated start time

To avoid congestion, the event has staggered start times between 9am – 11.30am.   On the day please register 30 minutes before your start time. Ensure you indicate on the entry form whether you are walking or running so that you can take part with like-minded people like you.

Start/Finish:

Beach Field Car Park, Moor Lane, Croyde, EX33 1NP (adjacent to Ruda Holiday Park)

Distance:    

Approximately 10 miles

Entry fee:                   £28

There is also a small on-line booking fee but worth the convenience and will save you on the cost of a stamp and an envelope. The entry fee is non-refundable.  Entering on line is quick and easy, just go to EVENTBRITE

If you have any problems registering or if you want to join a friend in a timeslot that is full, please contact the fundraising team – 01271 311772 or email ndht.charity@nhs.net

Please note that when the allocated 300 places are filled, the event will be CLOSED to participants who register after that date.   Previous events have all sold out, so please book early.

Sponsorship:

We hope you will raise sponsorship for our NHS hospital charity “Over and Above” raising funds to benefit the patients that the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust cares for.   This year we are raising funds towards our £1.5million Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal to support our cancer patients with a drop in facility, counselling, massage, and much more, and we will also be building a relatives accommodation wing.  We recently raised £2.5million to build the new Seamoor Chemotherapy & Day Treatment Unit which has made a difference to 9,000 cancer patients, and last year we raised £250,000 for our Special Care Baby Unit providing state-of-the-art equipment to care for our sickest and most vulnerable babies.  We are of course also continuing to support all our other 90 trust funds.  Your sponsorship really will make a difference.

We would be grateful if you could try and RAISE a further £35 sponsorship or more for our hospital charity “Over and Above” which will be used to purchase much needed equipment at our hospital.  If every participant raised £35, together you would raise an additional £10,000 to help our patients – wow!   Just set up a Just Giving account or download a sponsor form and bring to Event Registration on the day.   A PRIZE for the person who raises the most!

Sponsorship form (pdf)

Fancy dress:  

Go on! WILD WEST characters is the theme  … dress as cowboys, Indians – it could be even a West Country wild west character – you can be whatever you want to be … we want to see you there.  PRIZE for the BEST – the winner will go home with a trophy. 

Car parking:

Car parking is available at the start of the event at around £4 all day (half the price of regular car parking in Croyde at that time of year!) Please note, when the car park is full it will be your responsibility to find alternative parking.  It is a circular route, so the route ends at the start so you don’t need to find transport back to your car at the end.

The route:

Go here

Don’t forget to take with you:

A water bottle, energy bars, running shoes (or good walking boots if you are walking), a basic first aid kit, appropriate clothing for the run (if it looks like rain, wear a waterproof jacket), take sun-cream (if the weather is hot) and don’t forget to bring a charged mobile phone – remember to put our contact number on it 078 91 203 572. 

You should not get lost because the route will be well signed and  marshalled but by putting our mobile number into your phone you have the opportunity to contact us if you need assistance.

Toilets

There are toilet facilities at the beach (immediately opposite the start).

Rules:

Please read and abide by the Rules.  They are there for your safety.  Please note the event is for entrants aged 18 years+ only.  No dogs, as they are not permitted on parts of the route.

Prizes:

This is not a timed event because runners and walkers will be stopping along the route to taste delicious local produce.

In addition, there will be a prize for the person who raises the most sponsorship.  The winner will go home with The Webbers Estate Agent trophy and a trophy will be awarded for the best dressed Wild West character (go on, you know you want to!).

Your safety:

Your safety is important to us.  This trail is challenging in places – it is up and over Devon hills.  It is your responsibility to be physically fit and capable of completing the whole trail. Please ensure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing, take water and a charged mobile phone.

The event is insured with Arthur J Gallagher & Co.  Our insurance policy no is RKL23413/09/0476 and includes £5m public liability insurance and £10m employees liability insurance.

Getting there

By Car

Leave the M5 at junction 27 and follow the North Devon link road (A361) to Barnstaple.  From Barnstaple continue along the A361 towards Braunton and Ilfracombe (signposted).  In the centre of Braunton village, turn left after 2nd set of traffic lights onto the B3231, signposted Saunton and Croyde.  Continue along the B3231 coastal road to Croyde Village.  For sat nav purposes put in EX33 1NP which takes you very close to the start.

Car parking is only around £4.00 all day which is a bargain price in Croyde at this time of the year.  Please do not park on the roadside or on private property as this will upset our neighbours and you may get clamped!

By Bus: 

For timetables, service updates and offers

visit http://www.stagecoachbus.com and put destination:  Croyde

By Coach: 

National Express operate services between London and Ilfracombe, via Bristol and taking in Taunton and Tiverton.  Take a look at www.nationalexpress.com for a timetable and prices.

By Train:

Paddington to Penzance service stops at both Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids.   If someone can pick you up, you may want to get off at Tiverton.  If not, change at Exeter St Davids and take the Tarka Line to Barnstaple.

In aid of:

Over and above – your local NHS charity supporting the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. Registered Charity no 1051463.

Your support enables the hospital charity to raise funds for capital projects, equipment and training that is “over and above” what the NHS can provide. 

With the overwhelming support from the people of North Devon we have so far raised:

  • Almost £1m towards our Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal … please help us to reach our £1.5m target.  We are starting the build in spring 2019 and want to open it to our patients in early spring 2020 – with your help we will make it happen!
  • £250,000 Special Care Baby Unit for state of the art equipment to support our sickest and most vulnerable babies.
  • over £2.5m and built the new Seamoor Chemotherapy and Day Treatment Unit at North Devon District Hospital for the benefit of the thousands of cancer patients we see each year.
  • £30,000 towards a new relatives room close to the Intensive Care Unit
  • £7,600 for a specialised trolley for the Special Care Baby Unit
  • £5,500 to buy a IntelliVue MP5 Observation Machine to help our stroke patients
  • £4,000 for a treadmill for use by our Physiotherapy patients
  • £3,800 for adult and paediatric Resus Trolleys
  • £2,000 to purchase four Ipads to benefit patients with acquired neurological conditions
  • £550.00 to purchase specialist high chairs for Caroline Thorpe Children’s Ward.
  • New high chairs for Caroline Thorpe Ward
  • and so much more …

You are truly amazing!  Together, with your support, we are providing better facilities for our patients. Thank you.

Event Management:

This event is being managed and delivered by the NHS Charity’s Over and Above Fundraising Team with support from Simon Oliver of St Johns Garden Centre, Rob Cooper and Liz Wilton of Orchard Farm Shop.  The organisers are experienced event managers for outdoor events, and will be assisted by local volunteers.  The event is mainly cross country over public footpaths, and part public highway, and permissions have been obtained from the local landowners and the relevant authorities.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Last updated: February 8, 2019