Pictures: Best foot forward at StarTrek 2017

PUBLISHED: 17:42 05 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 06 March 2017

StarTrek 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

StarTrek 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

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The 25th anniversary of the Rotary StarTrek Challenge included VIPs, wind, rain, mud and good humour

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon speaks to walkers and organisers at StarTrek 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin The Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon speaks to walkers and organisers at StarTrek 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Walkers braved wind, rain and mud last night (Saturday) for the 25th anniversary of the Rotary StarTrek Challenge.

The night time charity walk on Exmoor was this year based at Hunters Inn near Parracombe.

It saw hundreds of walkers set off into the darkness to take on an orienteering challenge of 16 or eight miles along a route that took them on roads and cross country.

The walkers were set off by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon and his wife Catriona.

As ever, North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West were the beneficiaries, with Devon Air Ambulance as the third chosen charity.

It is organised by both Ilfracombe Rotary clubs and StarTrek chairman Paul Williams said an estimated £35,000 had been raised this year.

He added: “All of the volunteers - more than 100 of them - did a sterling job in supporting the event. The walkers were phenomenal completing the course with determination and raising that amount of money for the charities.

“There was a real buzz at base camp with the Lord Lieutenant spending a great deal of time talking to volunteers and walkers. He toured the facilities as well as visiting two outer checkpoints showing a good interest in the event and the people. We are now looking forward to next years event.”

The North Devon Council team at base camp. The North Devon Council team at base camp.

The event has now raised somewhere near £900,000 in its 25 year history.

Speaking to walkers and organisers before they set off, David Fursdon congratulated everyone on reaching the 25th anniversary and wished them well for the night.

He paid tribute to the many volunteers who put in the effort year after year to raise money for such good causes.

Steve Kingdon from North Molton, a member of the longstanding Veni Vidi Vici team, was also part of the first ever StarTrek winning team.

He said: “What brings us back is great organisation, good fun, a good cause and raising lots of money, it was well organised right from the start.”

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