Competitors show woman can in first women only marathon.
PUBLISHED: 13:21 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 01 June 2017
Some 400 women took on the course across East Devon in the first women-only marathon.
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wcm 261 Fearless team.
wcm Angela from LED Lesiure leading the warm up.
wcm Angela from LED Lesiure leading the warm up 2.
wcm Devon cream teas for winners.
wcm Diane Collett in pink.
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wcm Kaye Patterson from Liskeard finished 8th - with pets Holly and Florence.
wcm Nordic walkers at start.
wcm Nordic winner Betsy Bebbington.
wcm Paula Downing running her 82nd marathon.
wcm Winner Elizabeth and medal.
wcm Women Can sign at playing field.
wcm cake ladies.
wcm cream tea ladies.
wcm glass of otter ale.
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wcm relay winners finishing Serane Stone and Sam Beare.
Competitors from across the world have pulled on their running shoes to complete the first women-only marathon.
The event was organised by Jo Earlam to mark 50 years since Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1967 - despite rules saying women could not participate.
Some 400 women took on the 26 mile course from Tipton St John playing field on Sunday taking in the sights of the Otter and Sid Valleys.
Participants could also take part in a relay category and a Nordic Walking challenge.
Jo, who is from Tipton St John, said: “It was absolutely incredible. When I came up with the idea 12 months ago, somebody said we’d probably only get half a dozen entries.
“So to have 400 women from across the country and around the world come and take part is beyond my wildest dreams. The amount of positive support has been totally overwhelming. And it’s just been a wonderful, wonderful day.”
The winner of the race was Elizabeth Dyson from Chudleigh with Sidmouth resident Jessica Raynor coming second.
The 32-year-old finished with a time of three hours, 53 minutes, despite giving birth to her son Artie nine weeks ago.
Jessica said: “It’s been a brilliant event, amazingly marshalled. If there was another one I reckon I’d do it again.”
The race was backed by Olympian Jo Pavey and also became the first UK partner event for Kathrine Switzer’s non-profit social women’s running movement, 261 Fearless.
Organisers were also raising awareness and money for Free to Run, an international charity which has programmes to enable women to take part in sport in countries where traditionally, women are banned from doing so.