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.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:30
Danny Alexander and North Devon MP Nick Harvey talk to Working Hub manager Amelia Isaac.

Danny Alexander Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announces major investment - including the North Devon Link Road - during Barnstaple visit.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:17
Storm damage in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Stormy weather and high winds last night caused two trees to fall in Bideford. View our photo galleries here.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:05
The WI baton is passed on in Filleigh, with the help of two Shire horses. Picture: Sarah Howells

WI clubs gathered in Filleigh this morning (Monday) for a special baton handover as part of a natiowide celebration.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:18
The scene at Newport in Barnstaple.

Some homes saw a missed collection as North Devon Council upgrades its recycling service.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:29
Ilfracombe RNLI volunteers thank all those who have donated to the appeal. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe.

Thanks to supporters from North Devon and beyond, the launch and recovery vehicle appeal reaches its target in just two years.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:26

Officers looking for information about incident between Tuesday and Sunday last week.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder