Help Startrek celebrate anniversary in style

Teams of walkers urged to sign up for the Ilfracombe Rotary night time Exmoor charity walk.

TEAMS of intrepid walkers have been urged to join the annual Startrek overnight orienteering walk across Exmoor to help the event celebrate its 20th anniversary.

This year it will take place on the weekend of March 3 and 4 at an Exmoor location that will remain hush hush until a couple of weeks before.

It is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Ilfracombe and throughout its 20 year history has raised more than �750,000 for North Devon Hospice, Children’s Hospice South West plus numerous local charities.

This year the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal is also a major beneficiary from the popular event, which sees more than 100 teams of walkers using clues and navigation to make their way around the course.

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Whilst many teams have registered, organisers urgently need more entries from teams comprising of four to six walkers if the level of charity funds raised in previous years is to be achieved.

Those who take part always speak of how enjoyable the experience is and there is a high degree of support for participants, with St John Ambulance plus search and rescue personnel and regular manned checkpoints, co-ordinated through the Raynet radio system and control room. On return to base camp there are complimentary refreshments and hot food.

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“The walk will be around 16 miles in length and will start and finish at a brand new base camp,” said organising committee chairman John Stainer.

“The course and clues have been set and written up and painstakingly tested under night time conditions. As always the priority is to ensure walkers safety whilst still providing the challenge which has encouraged thousands to take part over the last 20 years.”

In addition to the usual sponsorship and walking prizes, this year the Startrek Challenge Corporate Trophy will be presented to the business or organisation raising the most sponsorship, together with a donation of �500 to their chosen charity.

To find out more and download application forms, go to or call (01271) 863662 or 862458. Donations can be made via

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