Exmoor orienteering challenge organised by Ilfracombe Rotary clubs has raised £40,000 for 2017

Ilfracombe Rotary 2016-17 president John Stainer and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon with team Final Destination, who had the highest sponsorship. Picture: Rotary StarTrekIlfracombe Rotary 2016-17 president John Stainer and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon with team Final Destination, who had the highest sponsorship. Picture: Rotary StarTrek

The Rotary StarTrek challenge nighttime walk on Exmoor has raised a wonderful £40,000 on its 25th anniversary.

To celebrate the challenge, which took place in March this year, a presentation event was attended by teams as well as guests, including the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon.

Mr Fursdon saw the walkers off on the night from this year’s base camp at Hunters Inn near Parracombe.

They could opt to complete the full 16-mile trek or the eight-mile half trek.

Rotary StarTrek organisers and volunteers. Picture: Rotary StarTrekRotary StarTrek organisers and volunteers. Picture: Rotary StarTrek

During the presentation, trophies and medals were awarded to the teams that secured the highest sponsorship and points achieved during the challenge.

The £40,000 raised was also awarded to various charities supported by the challenge, including the regular recipients of Children’s Hospice South West and North Devon Hospice plus guest charity Devon Air Ambulance.

Presentations were also made to the winning teams for a multitude of honours including being the first to complete the full or half treks and those who raised the most sponsorship.

StarTrek chairman Paul Williams said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the following: the volunteers and groups for your help with the event; the businesses that support us with the supply of land, equipment and catering supplies; and the teams of walkers that persisted with the walk despite the horrible conditions on the night.

The Electric 6 team from James Electrics. Picture: Mike ThomasThe Electric 6 team from James Electrics. Picture: Mike Thomas

“We could not run this successful event without all of the above, so thank you all.”

Ilfracombe Rotary 2016-17 president John Stainer and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon present a cheque for £10,000 to Emma Perry of Children's Hospice South West. Picture: Rotary StarTrekIlfracombe Rotary 2016-17 president John Stainer and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon present a cheque for £10,000 to Emma Perry of Children's Hospice South West. Picture: Rotary StarTrek

StarTrek 2017. Picture: Tony GussinStarTrek 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Rotary 2016-17 president John Stainer and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon present a cheque for £10,000 to Ali Hunt of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Rotary StarTrekIlfracombe Rotary 2016-17 president John Stainer and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon present a cheque for £10,000 to Ali Hunt of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Rotary StarTrek