Join the 2018 StarTrek Rotary Challenge on Exmoor this March and support the region’s hospices

The CHSW team and Ilfracombe Rotary volunteers want to shout about StarTrek 2018. Picture: CHSWThe CHSW team and Ilfracombe Rotary volunteers want to shout about StarTrek 2018. Picture: CHSW

Walkers are being invited to tighten their bootlaces and join a popular nighttime walk on Exmoor for charity.

The 26th StarTrek Challenge is taking place on the weekend on March 3-4 and will be raising money for Children's Hospice South West and North Devon Hospice.

In 2017 it raised £40,000 in its 25th anniversary year and organisers from both Ilfracombe Rotary clubs hope to make the 2018 event the best yet.

Teams of four to six people are still welcome to enter and can tackle the full 16-mile course or the eight mile Half Trek.

It will be held at an as-yet-undisclosed location on Exmoor and requires an ability to navigate by compass and torchlight across varied terrain.

Groups of friends, neighbours, companies, organisations, charities and in fact anyone at all is invited to enter a team and help raise sponsorship.

The event is always full of great camaraderie and is fully supported by a team of volunteers, St Johns Ambulance and search and rescue teams.

Paul Williams of Ilfracombe Rotary said: "Our first Star Trek was back in 1992 and since then nearly 9,000 people have taken part.

"The trek has always benefitted local charities and to date nearly a million pounds in sponsorship has been raised.

"We would love the event to continue to be as successful for many more years to come and we welcome new supporters to come and give it a try."

Emma Perry, fundraising manager at CHSW, has been a regular participant with the team Map, what Map? and said: "This is one of my favourite events in the region. The route is kept top secret until the night and, depending on your team's skill at negotiating the checkpoints, you could be out for hours.

"But don't worry your exposure to the cold and rain will be rewarded by a real team spirit and great camaraderie - plus there are bacon sandwiches galore!"

Ali Hunt, fundraiser at North Devon Hospice said: "Star Trek is a unique event and the atmosphere is unlike anything you've ever experience.

"All the competitors are willing each other on and the encouragement you get at each check point is heart-warming."

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