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Walkers take to Exmoor for the 2012 StarTrek Challenge.

HUNDREDS of walkers took to the hills at the weekend for the 20th StarTrek Challenge charity hike across Exmoor organised by Ilfracombe Rotary clubs.

It was a glorious night at the venue near Hawkridge as 81 teams totalling some 450 people set off on the 16-mile orienteering night walk and early indications show they have raised more than �45,000.

In addition to its regular charities of North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West, for the anniversary year Ilfracombe Rotary and Compass Rotary clubs chose the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal as the third major charity to benefit from the event.

Nigel Woodhead, president of Ilfracombe Compass, said the weather had been kind:

“I think everybody pretty much skipped around the first half, it was such a glorious night,” he said.

“It all went off so smoothly and despite the economic climate teams have made a really special effort with sponsorship to give us one of our best years ever.

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“The atmosphere was fantastic, people were really friendly and had a great time. There were also a lot of younger people taking part, which is brilliant.

“We had tremendous support from the charities and the landowners, especially the owner of the base camp site, whose help was phenomenal. Thank you to all the volunteers, everyone who helped on the night and all those who took part.”

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