Clinton Devon Estates cycle the Nello Challenge for charity

A team of four enthusiastic cyclists from Clinton Devon Estates proudly took part in the 20th Nello Cycle Challenge on Sunday 30th June, raising money for local cancer charity, FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter).

Starting and finishing in Topsham, the Nello Cycle Challenge offered either a 100-mile route via Exmoor, or a 55-mile circuit across Mid Devon.

The Clinton Devon Estates team, some of whom have taken part in the Nello challenge for seven years, included; John Wilding MBE (Head of Forestry and Environment) and Kevin Brosnan (Head Gamekeeper) who both took on the 100-mile route, as well as Adrian Pitts (Estates Surveyor) and Gaynor Hayne (Finance) who both took on the 55-mile circuit.

The team were joined by fellow cyclists; Colin Newell (Estates Contractor), Iestyn John (Partner at Bell Cornwell), Neil Eriksen (Smile Fitness) with Heather Herbert, Nina Wilding and Andy Bush, completing the team of ten.

John Wilding said: “We had near perfect cycling conditions for this year’s challenge as the roads were dry and the temperature was cool to start us off. This is the fourth year that we’ve taken part in the Nello Cycle Challenge, and once again the atmosphere was electric and the food stops for cyclists were great as usual, which was an added bonus after cycling for so many miles!

“It was a fantastic event and it was great to see so many friendly faces throughout the challenge. We’re proud to have once again supported the Nello Cycle Challenge and raised money for FORCE cancer charity”.

Clinton Devon Estates has supported the annual event since 2016 through generous sponsorship and fundraising.

FORCE strives to improve patient care by assisting in the purchase of advanced equipment and funding for vital research at the University of Exeter Medical School.

For more information about FORCE cancer charity, click here.