Covering 30 miles across one of Britain's most inhospitable natural environments would be a tough enough challenge for even the most adventurous of us. And the addition of 30lb backpacks gives that 'big ask' an extra dimension! However a record number of teams faced that prospect in this year's Exmoor 30:30 on Saturday 15 September.
The challenge ended in triumph for the Royal British Legion South Molton Branch, who smashed their previous time completing the 30 mile course in just over 8 hours and raised a total of £8000. Team Captain Barney Andrews said: "We are absolutely thrilled with our win. This event is the ultimate challenge but we've been training for months to make sure we were in top condition at the start of the race. I'd like to thank all those who have supported us and have helped us raise so much money for the Royal British Legion. We are now looking forward to a well earned rest!"
Exmoor 30:30 was the idea of Henry Gordon Clark and raises funds for the Royal British Legion. Henry explained: "This annual race is arduous but rewarding for all the participants. The rules are kept to a minimum but those who enter, whether they are civilians or military, must be capable of carrying moderate weight over difficult and changing terrain. Exmoor is unforgiving and over the entire course the teams climb more than 3,000 ft and negotiate open moorland, footpaths, fields and rivers. We were delighted with the increase in the number of participating teams. The enthusiasm and support for this event is growing and that means more money raised for a very worthy cause."
At the end of the gruelling day a well earned dinner included the presentation of the trophies by Colonel Bill Cormack. Each member of the winning team received a pair of YDS boots from UK Sales Director, Steve Hall who was full of admiration for all those participating. "This really is a difficult race and the overall conditions were extremely challenging. YDS is delighted to be supporting this event that demonstrates exactly why comfortable, well fitting, supportive footwear is essential."
Anyone wishing to participate in next year's event should visit the event website.