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Tuesday 14 September 2010

ShelterBox Dartmoor Challenge blisteringly good
ShelterBox Dartmoor Challenge blisteringly good
The fifth annual ShelterBox Dartmoor Challenge is being hailed a great success by organisers raising over £35,000 for the Cornish international disaster relief charity.

ShelterBox challenged teams of 4 to carry a ShelterBox packed with survival equipment weighing approximately 20kg across 30 miles of Dartmoor National Park in a tough 2-day hike.

Laura Jepson, ShelterBox Fundraising Officer, said: ‘The Dartmoor Challenge is always the highlight of the fundraising calendar for us and this year didn’t fail to disappoint. It was such a great weekend. Everyone really rose to the challenge, showing true grit and determination. I can’t wait until next year!’

The winning team, Dartmouth Rotary Club, completed the gruelling course in just 8hours 48 minutes winning four tents donated by Vango. In second place, Team Stride, from Exeter completed the course in 10 hours 43 minutes winning four Bergen rucksacks and it was a team of ShelterBox Response Team members, Ex Pongos, who took third place with a time of 10 hrs and 58 minutes winning four sleeping bags.

The first two ladies over the line, Kate Cooke and Victoria Reagan from ‘4 pints please’, won 2 Bergen rucksacks. A special award was given to the team that displayed the most grit and determination. This year that award went to an all female team from chartered accountants, Atkins Ferrie. The ShelterBox Choice award, handed out to the team who showed general good spirits and participation, was given to Team Dart Rock and the longest standing participant, Malcolm Davenport, was awarded a special prize for completing the challenge 5 years in a row.

This year an extra prize was also added, the Cyril Stringer Memorial Award, to the youngest team that showed the greatest potential.

Laura Jepson said: ‘Cyril Stringer was a member of Dartmoor Search and Rescue and an SRT who tragically died of cancer before he could go on his first deployment. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Dartmoor Challenge event and was a huge supporter of ShelterBox. 2010 was especially significant as Saturday was the one year anniversary of his death.’

The trophy was presented to team Pelegrini by Cyril’s wife and family.

The Dartmoor Challenge ends a summer of sensational support for ShelterBox who so far in 2010 have had fundraisers climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling coast to coast across the USA and beginning a 10,000 mile tandem ride.

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