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Pictures: A fine night for the Star Trekkers

13:37 03 March 2014

The Braunton Caen Rotary team. Picture: Mike Thomas.

The Braunton Caen Rotary team. Picture: Mike Thomas.

Mike Thomas

The Star Trek Challenge raises £40,000 for charity after one night in Lynmouth.

The James Electric team at Star Trek 2014. Picture: Mike Thomas.The James Electric team at Star Trek 2014. Picture: Mike Thomas.

THE twinkling lights of teams of walkers were scattered across Lynmouth on Saturday night as the annual charity Star Trek Challenge had lift off once more.

The night time orienteering event organised by Ilfracombe Rotary Clubs has been hailed a huge success, raising an estimated £40,000 for Children’s Hospice South West, North Devon Hospice, and the Chemotherapy Appeal.

The 22nd instalment of Star Trek was back on Exmoor this year after being hosted at Woolacombe in 2013, with its base camp for 2014 on the Manor green at Lynmouth.

Dry and still conditions ensured the best possible night for walking, as the first of 74 teams and more than 300 trekkers set off at 6.30pm.

Charter Trekkers plot their route for Star Trek. Picture: Mike Thomas.Charter Trekkers plot their route for Star Trek. Picture: Mike Thomas.

The option of a new ‘Half Trek’ this year was taken up by 13 new teams, while another 61 took on the full 16 mile trek in and around the Lynmouth area, using clues to navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint.

A host of volunteers were on hand to ensure everyone stayed safe, with Rotarians, St John Ambulance members, air cadets and Raynet among the many who helped out.

Fresh food and hot drinks were provided for hungry trekkers - with the last team arriving in at 8am on Sunday – by Ilfracombe Foodservice and Philip Dennis Foodservice.

Star Trek chairman Ann Doody paid tribute to everyone who had made it such a success: “It was a brilliant night and there was such a buzz – everyone was looking forward to it after such bad weather this winter. I would like to thank all the walkers for taking part and raising the money through sponsorship,” she said.

Volunteers help out with the Star Trek catering. Picture: Mike Thomas.Volunteers help out with the Star Trek catering. Picture: Mike Thomas.

“Plus all the people that helped on the night, all our sponsors, and the people of Lynton and Lynmouth who helped us stage the event there.”

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