The night time trek organised by both Ilfracombe Rotary clubs saw 48 teams of walkers set off from Brendon Barton Farm on Exmoor at dusk on March 5 to complete the 16 mile challenge. The main charities that benefited from the teams fundraising were the Childrens Hospice South West and North Devon Hospice, both of which received £9,000, and Devon Freewheelers blood bike service, which received £3,000. Other charities that received cheques from winning teams were Ilfracombe RNLI, Amigos Worldwide, Over and Above and Multiple Sclerosis. The winning teams were Pludd Plodders for the full trek, Map What Map for the half trek and Norfolk Enchants from the Pack O Cards, Combe Martin, for the pub challenge. The team which raised the most sponsorship was Marwood Mafia, and the pub that raised the most sponsorship was The George and Dragon Ilfracombe. The Corporate Award for the business raising the most sponsorship went to James Electrics. Organisers of the annual event hope that Startrek 2017 will draw even more support. It is set to be held on March 4-5 and will be particularly special as it marks the events 25th anniversary. Over the course of its history, Startrek has raised a total of over three quarters of a million pounds for charity. Both hospices will continue to benefit, as well as a third charity chosen for 2017 Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Many other local charities will also continue to receive support from the sponsorship raised. If you are interested in getting involved in next years challenge, application and sponsorship forms will soon be available to download from: www.rotary-startrek.org.ukClick here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.